‘To Infinity And Beyond’ Catchphrase Origin Unveiled In Cut ‘Lightyear’ Scene (Exclusive Video)
Disney has given Cartoon Brew exclusive access to a brief scene that didn’t make the final cut of Pixar’s Lightyear, which touches down on digital and Disney+ on Wednesday before the 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD releases on September 13.
In the animatic for the cut scene, introduced by director Angus MacLane and with dialogue recorded by Chris Evans and Keke Palmer, we see what would have been the first meeting between the Space Ranger and his partner’s daughter Izzy. We’re also treated to the charming origin of Buzz’s “To infinity and beyond” catch phrase, although the clip’s exclusion from the final film means it’s probably not canon.
Lightyear is the origin story of the Buzz Lightyear character, a fictional movie hero who inspired Andy’s newest toy in the original Toy Story movie. In Lightyear, Buzz is a stalwart Space Ranger who, along with an entire ship of colonists, is marooned on a hostile planet millions of light-years away from Earth.
To get back home, Buzz and a team of engineers must find a way to make their ships travel fast enough to traverse great stretches of space. With each test flight to see if they’ve been successful, Buzz travels more slowly through time than those he leaves on the planet’s surface. For Buzz the tests take minutes, while years pass on the planet beneath him.
Friends and colleagues age and retire while new characters are introduced in brief clips between the flights. We can’t provide any more context than that without crossing into spoiler territory, but for those who have seen the movie, it’s clear why the cut scene didn’t make the final cut.