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Cameos, in-jokes, re-used animation, and other trivia from Lightyear.

References to Toy Story

  • In his initial mission log, Buzz's description of the uncharted planet mirrors Toy Buzz's first description of Andy's room.
  • After failing to contact Star Command, Buzz asks "Why don't they answer?"
  • Buzz's final mission log is star-dated "4071". Likewise, Toy Buzz's first mission log in Andy's room is "4072".

References to Toy Story 2

  • Buzz tells a doubtful Featheringhamstan "I'm Buzz Lightyear, I'm always sure!", a line delivered by Utility Belt Buzz while navigating the air ducts in Al's apartment building.
  • A constellation of Luxo, Jr. appears during one of Buzz's test flights. The same constellation appears at the very beginning of Toy Story 2.


  • An ERIC robot at the Star Command base features the same color scheme as WALL-E.
  • During the "Mission Perpetual" montage, Alisha and Kiko's son is briefly seen playing with a Transitron toy.
  • The Pizza Planet Truck appears during Buzz and Sox's escape from Star Command security.
  • Scream Canisters are among the weaponry at the Star Command storage depot.
  • The abandoned mine's snack machine contains Poultry Palace "castle cookies."
    • Water bottles in the snack machine are labeled "Wade Water," in reference to Elemental.
  • Models of BURN-E and a Little Green Man appear on a shelf in Commander Burnside's office.

Other Trivia

  • Lightyear was released theatrically in standard and IMAX formats on June 17th, 2022. The film marks Pixar's first worldwide theatrical release since Onward, after Soul, Luca, and Turning Red were released solely through Disney+.
  • Star Command's IVAN navigation units are voiced by Mary McDonald-Lewis, the voice of General Motors' OnStar navigation system.
  • Buzz "repairs" a malfunctioning IVAN unit by blowing into its connectors, a common method of removing dust from Nintendo game cartridges.
  • A Mandalorian jetpack from the Star Wars franchise appears at the Junior Patrol's base.
  • Darby wears a Space Ranger suit with the nametag "Tempus," a nod to one of Buzz Lightyear's original names, Tempus from Morph.
  • The Armadillo's in-flight computer emits the Apple Macintosh startup sound before rebooting.
  • DERIC bears the Spanish phrase "El riesgo Siempre Vive" (meaning "the risk always lives"). This is a nod to Aliens (1986), wherein the same phrase is emblazoned on Pvt. Vasquez's armor.
  • Contrary to people's expectations, this is not the first time Buzz Lightyear is voiced by an actor other than Tim Allen. The list includes: