Can you stream the Toy Story spin-off yet?

(Pocket-lint) – Astronaut Buzz Lightyear made his debut nearly 27 years ago in the original Toy Story, and now he’s starring in his own feature film called Lightyear. But it’s not the action figure. Instead, it’s a spin-off on the story that inspired one of Andy’s favorite toys. Here’s where you can stream Lightyear online right now, including if it’s on Disney+, plus everything you need to know about the new Pixar movie.


Lightyear (2022): What you need to know

Lightyear is an animated film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios. It stars legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear – as the actual character; not the Tim Allen-voiced toy from the original 1995 classic. At the start of the spin-off, Buzz and his friends from Star Command are stranded on an alien planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth. After several years and failed attempts at hyperspeed, Buzz recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby and a robot companion named Sox to tackle his toughest mission yet: defeat the enemy Emperor Zurg and embark on a journey through time to find his way home.

Chris Evans is the voice of Buzz in Lightyear. Meanwhile, Keke Palmer is Izzy Hawthorne, Taika Waititi is the voice of Mo, and Peter Sohn is the voice of Buzz’s robotic Sox cat.

Lightyear (2022): When did it hit theaters?

Lightyear premiered at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles on June 8, 2022. It received a US and UK theatrical release on Friday, June 17, 2022.

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Lightyear (2022): Why was it banned?

Unfortunately, the spin-off was banned from theaters in the United Arab Emirates due to the inclusion of a same-sex relationship between a space ranger called Alisha (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her partner.

Lightyear (2022): Can you stream it on Disney+?

Yes. You can now stream Lightyear in IMAX Enhanced with a Disney+ subscription. The film premiered on the streaming platform on August 3, 2022. Subscriptions start at $7.99 per month in the US and £7.99 in the UK.


Lightyear (2022): Can you watch it on Amazon?

Yes. Lightyear is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in UHD. You can buy it for $19.99 in the US.

Lightyear (2022): Can you buy the DVD?

No. Lightyear is not yet available for purchase on Blu-ray or DVD.

Lightyear (2022): Are there any trailers?

Yes. You can watch Lightyear’s latest trailer at the top of this page. We’ve included an older one below.

Lightyear (2022): How to catch up

Since Lightyear is based on the story behind Buzz the Toy from Toy Story, you might want to revisit the Pixar franchise. All four Toy Story movies are streaming on Disney+. You can also rent or buy them digitally on Amazon.

You should also check out Pocket-lint’s recommended Pixar movie order. We tell you exactly where Lightyear fits in Pixar’s complete theory timeline (and Toy Story timeline). Basically, Lightyear is a sci-fi movie that Andy would have seen before the events of Toy Story. Seeing Lightyear probably made him want the Buzz Lightyear action figure. And for that reason, Lightyear is placed ahead of the Toy Story films in the Pixar universe.

Written by Maggie Tillman.