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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000)

Buzz Lightyear must battle Emperor Zurg with the help of three hopefuls who insist on being his partners.

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Buzz Lightyear (voice)
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Mira Nova (voice)
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XR (voice)
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Booster (voice)
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Cmdr. Nebula (voice)
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Space Ranger (voice)
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Brain Pod #29 (voice)
Cindy Warden ...
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Grubs / Self Destruct / Ranger #1 / Rhizomian Man / Cadet Flarn (voice)
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Brain Pod #13 (voice)
Jennifer Bailey ...
Rhizomian Woman (voice)
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Hamm (voice)
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After a successful mission in which his partner, Warp Darkmatter, fell in battle, Buzz Lightyear vows never to put another partner at risk and works solo. This vow, however is challenged by Star Command who assigns young Mira Nova to be Warp's replacement over Buzz's objections. In addition, the LGMs suggest he tries a new robot for an assistant while a lowly janitor, Booster, has his dreams of joining the Space Rangers. Together, this group of disparate heroes find they must work together to save the galaxy when Emporer Zurg hatches his grandest scheme for conquest yet. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Wayne Knight voices the Evil Emperor Zurg in this movie, and had voiced Al the Toy Collector in Toy Story 2, the first appearance of Zurg, although Zurg was then voiced by Andrew Stanton. See more »

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Several scenes where the characters are meant to blink, they stand several seconds with their eyes closed. See more »

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Agent Z: [during the attack on the LGM homeworld] Agent Z to Zurg... They sent Lightyear.
Evil Emperor Zurg: [on his ship] That's why I sent you.
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References The Return of Jafar (1994) See more »

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To Infinity and Beyond
Written by Fred LaBour
Performed by William Shatner and the Star Command Chorus
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As far as hilarious, action-packed space adventures go, this isn't a patch on "Galaxy Quest."
2 February 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In "Toy Story 2," Woody finds out that he came from the TV show "Woody's Roundup"; Buzz Lightyear did it the other way around and for real. The trouble is that "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" never really worked as a series, and this video feature doesn't really cut it - and that's without taking either of its truly great predecessors into consideration. If you do...

Essentially a feature-length pilot for the TV series*, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins" opens with a Pixar-animated prologue wherein Andy's toys get ready to watch the very movie we're about to (the subsequent series also begins with Buzz, Woody, Slinky etc congregating in front of the TV); the point of this is never clear, especially since Woody's reference to how Buzz is drawn underlines how different the two ventures are. The story has Buzz and his partner Warp Darkmatter rescuing three Little Green Men from Emperor Zurg, but when Warp is killed in the fighting our hero swears he won't have any partners anymore; as fans of the show know he wound up with three of them anyway, and this relates how he got together with Mira, Booster and XR.

The movie's got its moments (like the throwaway gag where XR reads a Victoria's Circuit catalogue) and it's hardly boring, but I can't imagine many viewers who've seen more than, oh, five movies being surprised at the movie's biggest plot twist; and the wit and depth of the previous movies is sucked out, leaving little more than a standard comedy-action cartoon. True, it makes sense that a toy like Buzz would inspire a cash-in TV series in the world according to "Toy Story," but do we actually have to see it? Watchable but bland; however, you can't deny that "He-Man" et al never had end credit songs from William Shatner(!).

*Like several other Disney TV cartoons ("TaleSpin," "Chip'N'Dale Rescue Rangers"), the pilot was later edited down and shown on the series in several parts, in this case three. In that version (those versions?), Shatner's song and the prologue with the video are absent, and Tim Allen's voice is replaced by Patrick Warburton, who provided Buzz's voice on the series.


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