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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins


Not long after his partner Warp (Diedrich Bader) is killed, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) has to save the entire Galactic Alliance, when Evil Emperor Zurg (Wayne Knight) steals the Uni-Mind to brainwash all to do his evil bidding.

Brought, colourful and quite well drawn, the animation creates a feeling of a vast galaxy boasting numerous alien species by displaying so many different character designs within the background characters. However, the character of Buzz just isn't at all charming, not least because he is hand drawn instead of computer animated as he is in the Toy Story films and shorts (1995-), and the same applies to the Green Aliens (Patrick Warburton).
Equally, none of the characters are charming as they are one-sided and underdeveloped, and the energy and enthusiasm the voice cast bring to them isn't even enough to make up for this. The events too are underdeveloped and too many events are crammed into the 67 minute running time, with the film becoming rushed and ending with a bit of an anti-climactic battle against Zurg and his army.

So, this film is too rushed and charmless, and worked better when shown on TV as a three-parter debut for the subsequent TV Series (2000-1).

Tim Allen, Wayne Knight, Nicole Sullivan, Stephen Furst, Larry Miller, Adam Carolla, Diedrich Bader, Patrick Warburton.

DVD Exclusive Awards nominations: Best Animated Video Premiere (Mike Karafilis, Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley, Tad Stones), Best Animated Character Performance (Greg Guler: key character designer: Buzz Lightyear; Tim Allen: voice).

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