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Pixar Exec Acknowledges Lightyear’s Failure: “We Asked Too Much of the Audience”

Ejecutivo de Pixar reconoce el fracaso de la película Lightyear: "Pedimos demasiado a la audiencia"

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The Lightyear movie, inspired by the character Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, generated controversy since it became known its approach and some of the scenes were published. Recently a Pixar executive, Pete Docter, acknowledged that the production was a failure.

One of the most debated scenes was one with a gay kiss. Many citizens argued that it was not necessary to include it in a film aimed primarily at children. Although Docter does not talk about the scene, he explained that, in his opinion, what led to the film’s lack of success was that too much was asked of the audience.  

“We’ve done a lot of soul-searching about that because we all love the movie. We love the characters and the premise. I think probably what we’ve ended on in terms of what went wrong is that we asked too much of the audience,” he said during an interview with The Wrap.

Lightyear’s failure

Likewise, he detailed that the way the character was portrayed was distant from what viewers knew of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story. He noted that this created a disconnect with the audience.

“Even if they’ve read the material in press, it was just a little too distant, both in concept, and I think in the way that characters were drawn, that they were portrayed. It was much more of a science fiction.”

Finally, he indicated that “Angus, to his credit, took it very seriously and genuinely and wanted to represent those characters as real characters. But the characters in ‘Toy Story’ are much broader, and so I think there was a disconnect between what people wanted/expected and what we were giving to them.”

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.