‘Lightyear’ sputters upon liftoff in Pixar’s new Buzz Lightyear movie

Disney/Pixar’s highly-anticipated “Lightyear” arrived in theaters this weekend, and where this prequel spin-off of the iconic “Toy Story” empire should have been an electrifying slam dunk, the event film comes across as a stiff piece of corporate entertainment that lacks heart and magic.

Pixar’s endearing “Toy Story” quadrilogy, TV specials and shorts are a beloved part of pop culture since its CGI sorcery first crossed screens in 1995, becoming the world’s first computer-animated feature film and spawning a billion-dollar franchise that families around the world have grown up with.

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