Toy Story (1995) remains one of Pixar Animation's most profitable franchises. When the film was released in theatres, it provided an experience unlike any other for millennials and children born in the 1990s. Following the success of Toy Story, three more films were made: Toy Story 2, 3, and 4.
Toy Story's success can be attributed to its unique adventurous concept, which drew children from all over the world. Its likable characters were a big hit with younger viewers, and the occasional adult humor made sure there was something for everyone.
Tom Hanks provided the voice of Sheriff Woody, the main character in Toy Story. Despite the fact that Woody was billed as the main character, Buzz Lightyear is unquestionably Toy Story's shining star. Buzz, played by Tim Allen, is a space ranger toy that Andy received for Christmas from his mother.
Toy Story is about Woody losing his position as Andy's favorite toy and feeling insecure when Buzz arrives. As a result, Woody intends to derail Buzz's "playtime" with Andy by disposing of him selfishly and reclaiming the spotlight and attention.
They, like most initial design concepts, evolve over time. Many Disney fans are unaware that Buzz Lightyear was first known as "Lunar Larry," and his early sketches are virtually unrecognizable from the Toy Story fan favorite that audiences have come to know and love.
Although the name Lunar Larry doesn't have the same ring to it as Buzz Lightyear, early sketches are fascinating reminders of how far the development of Buzz Lightyear has progressed.
Lunar Larry wears the "LL" insignia on his spacesuit, as seen in early designs (shown above), demonstrating the complete redesign of Buzz Lightyear's entire concept - including the name - to give life to the image that Disney eventually agreed upon.
Other vastly different appearances for the character were considered, as well as numerous sketches that gradually added up to the final rendition of the lovable space ranger. The character began to resemble the irreplaceable Buzz Lightyear as the images progressed.