Disney’s new woke version of their Buzz “Lightyear” movie essentially flopped during its opening weekend, falling short of expectations by about $20 million:
CBN NEWS – “Lightyear,” the latest film from Disney’s Pixar, didn’t make it to infinity and beyond this weekend.
The Disney flick, an animated biopic about Buzz Lightyear, the astronaut from the “Toy Story” saga, fell well short of its projected box office earnings on opening weekend, according to Deadline. Disney anticipated a $70 million weekend; instead, the movie brought in $51 million domestically.
While the showing is lower than expected, it is certainly not a failure. It is on par with other Pixar movies like “Coco” ($51 million) and “Ratatouille” ($47 million). According to Variety, “Lightyear” cost $200 million to produce, not including marketing efforts leading up to its theatrical release.
The lower-than-expected earnings are likely the result of the controversy tied to the “Toy Story” spinoff.
Actor Chris Evans, known for portraying Captain America in the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe, voices Buzz Lightyear in the new movie. Some were critical of Disney for ditching actor Tim Allen, who voiced the character in the “Toy Story” series. Actor Patricia Heaton, for example, claimed Disney made a “huge mistake” by recasting the role.
Ditching Tim Allen was a big problem, but I think the lesbian kiss is what really offended people.
Especially in a movie made for children:
The main controversy surrounding “Lightyear” — Pixar’s 26th feature film — is a same-sex kiss between two female characters, who are in a romantic relationship with one another. The scene was reportedly briefly removed from the film before pro-LGBT Disney employees demanded it remain in the movie.
Last week, just days before “Lightyear” hit the big screen, Evans rebuked the parents and critics who took issue with the same-sex kiss being featured in a movie targeted toward children.
Evans, 41, maligned those opposed to the scene as “idiots.”
“Throughout history, you can see, every time there’s been social advancement, as we wake up, the American story, the human story is one of constant social awakening and growth, and that’s what makes us good,” he said, later adding to Reuters, “Those people die off like dinosaurs. I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward, and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
Disney promised woke and they are delivering woke. But hopefully all these people that Chris Evans thinks should die off like dinosaurs will make Disney pay the price for their wokeness. Me included.