Fans question whether Buzz Lightyear voice actor Tim Allen was axed for political views – Daily Mail

Toy Story fans are speculating whether the voice actor for beloved Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen, has been axed from the character’s upcoming origin movie due to his conservative political views.

Comedian Allen, 68, provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear in all of the original Toy Story films alongside Tom Hanks in the role of Woody.

But he has been replaced in the upcoming ‘Lightyear’ movie by Captain America actor Chris Evans after voicing the character for nearly 30 years.

The move has prompted some fans to question whether Allen’s removal was a politically motivated decision, based on Allen’s support of the Republican party and conservative politics.

Allen has been quoted as saying he ‘liked that Donald Trump pissed people off’ and has previously referred to himself as ‘politically, kind of an anarchist’.

Disney Pixar has not yet returned DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: 'Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican?'. Fans are now questioning whether the decision to replace Allen, 68, as the voice of Buzz Lightyear is down to the actor's conservative views

Author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: 'Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican?'. Fans are now questioning whether the decision to replace Allen, 68, as the voice of Buzz Lightyear is down to the actor's conservative views

Author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: ‘Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican?’. Fans are now questioning whether the decision to replace Allen, 68, as the voice of Buzz Lightyear is down to the actor’s conservative views

Other users said hit out at Disney's 'woke' agenda and referred to Allen's sitcom, Last Man Standing, which was canceled by network ABC in 2017 despite being one of the year's most popular shows

Other users said hit out at Disney's 'woke' agenda and referred to Allen's sitcom, Last Man Standing, which was canceled by network ABC in 2017 despite being one of the year's most popular shows

Other users said hit out at Disney’s ‘woke’ agenda and referred to Allen’s sitcom, Last Man Standing, which was canceled by network ABC in 2017 despite being one of the year’s most popular shows

Another user tweeted it was 'sad' that Allen was 'canceled for wrong-think', as many fans have criticised his removal from the role of Buzz Lightyear

Another user tweeted it was 'sad' that Allen was 'canceled for wrong-think', as many fans have criticised his removal from the role of Buzz Lightyear

Another user tweeted it was ‘sad’ that Allen was ‘canceled for wrong-think’, as many fans have criticised his removal from the role of Buzz Lightyear

Allen, 68, provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear in all of the original Toy Story films and has voiced the character since 1995 (Allen pictured October 4, 2021 in California)

Allen, 68, provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear in all of the original Toy Story films and has voiced the character since 1995 (Allen pictured October 4, 2021 in California)

Allen has been replaced in the upcoming Buzz Lightyear movie by Captain America actor Chris Evans after voicing the character for nearly 30 years (Evans pictured in Los Angeles in 2019)

Allen has been replaced in the upcoming Buzz Lightyear movie by Captain America actor Chris Evans after voicing the character for nearly 30 years (Evans pictured in Los Angeles in 2019)

Toy Story fans are speculating whether the voice actor for beloved Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen, (left) has been axed from the character’s upcoming origin movie and replaced by Chris Evans (right) due to his conservative political views

Coming soon: 'Lightyear' is set to be released on June 17, 2022 as an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, who has been voiced by Tim Allen for nearly 30 years. Lightyear will be voiced in the upcoming film by Chris Evans (pictured: image of Buzz Lightyear from the 'Lightyear' teaser trailer)

Coming soon: 'Lightyear' is set to be released on June 17, 2022 as an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, who has been voiced by Tim Allen for nearly 30 years. Lightyear will be voiced in the upcoming film by Chris Evans (pictured: image of Buzz Lightyear from the 'Lightyear' teaser trailer)

Coming soon: ‘Lightyear’ is set to be released on June 17, 2022 as an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, who has been voiced by Tim Allen for nearly 30 years. Lightyear will be voiced in the upcoming film by Chris Evans (pictured: image of Buzz Lightyear from the ‘Lightyear’ teaser trailer)

Allen’s disappearance has sparked criticism of Disney Pixar for what some believe was a shallow, politically-motivated silencing of an instantly recognisable voice.

Author Brigitte Gabriel tweeted: ‘Tim Allen is the only person capable of being Buzz Lightyear. Did Disney cancel him for being a Republican?’.

Other users said it was ‘sad’ that Allen had been ‘canceled for wrong-think and hit out at Disney’s ‘woke’ agenda.

It comes after comedian Allen had his sitcom ‘Last Man Standing’ canceled by network ABC in 2017 despite it being one of the most popular shows at the time.

Many speculated was down to Allen having simply refused to shy away from voicing his political stance.

Allen provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear (right) in all of the original Toy Story films alongside Tom Hanks in the role of Woody (left). He voiced the character as recently as 2019 in Toy Story 4 (pictured: image from Toy Story, 1995)

Allen provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear (right) in all of the original Toy Story films alongside Tom Hanks in the role of Woody (left). He voiced the character as recently as 2019 in Toy Story 4 (pictured: image from Toy Story, 1995)

Allen provided the voice for Buzz Lightyear (right) in all of the original Toy Story films alongside Tom Hanks in the role of Woody (left). He voiced the character as recently as 2019 in Toy Story 4 (pictured: image from Toy Story, 1995)

Allen voiced Buzz Lightyear in the 1995 Pixar film Toy Story, which scooped $373 million at the box office and has since become of the most well-loved animated films of all time.

He then reprised the role in several sequel films and animated shorts, and voiced the animated astro-toy as recently as 2019 in Toy Story 4. 

It therefore came as a surprise to Toy Story fans that Allen had been dropped from the role for the upcoming Buzz Lightyear movie and replaced by Captain American actor Chris Evans.

But some users took to Twitter to delight in the conservative Allen’s removal. 

Some fans have theorized that the film will depict Buzz Lightyear the man, of which Andy - the 'real life' character in the Toy Story universe, buys an action figure - the same Buzz Lightyear voiced by Tim Allen (pictured: image from 'Lightyear' teaser trailer

Some fans have theorized that the film will depict Buzz Lightyear the man, of which Andy - the 'real life' character in the Toy Story universe, buys an action figure - the same Buzz Lightyear voiced by Tim Allen (pictured: image from 'Lightyear' teaser trailer

Some fans have theorized that the film will depict Buzz Lightyear the man, of which Andy – the ‘real life’ character in the Toy Story universe, buys an action figure – the same Buzz Lightyear voiced by Tim Allen (pictured: image from ‘Lightyear’ teaser trailer

'Good morning to everyone who's happy to have Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear instead of Trumper Tim Allen', one user tweeted.

'Good morning to everyone who's happy to have Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear instead of Trumper Tim Allen', one user tweeted.

'So glad Tim Allen isn't voicing Buzz Lightyear. His political beliefs will negatively influence children who watch the film and he sounds like he's 90-years-old anyways. Sorry, not sorry. Chris Evans is the perfect fit,' another user wrote

'So glad Tim Allen isn't voicing Buzz Lightyear. His political beliefs will negatively influence children who watch the film and he sounds like he's 90-years-old anyways. Sorry, not sorry. Chris Evans is the perfect fit,' another user wrote

Some fans welcomed the arrival of Chris Evans and chastised Allen for his political views. ‘Good morning to everyone who’s happy to have Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear instead of Trumper Tim Allen’, one user tweeted.

‘So glad Tim Allen isn’t voicing Buzz Lightyear. His political beliefs will negatively influence children who watch the film and he sounds like he’s 90-years-old anyways. Sorry, not sorry. Chris Evans is the perfect fit,’ one user tweeted.

Good morning to everyone who’s happy to have Chris Evans voicing Buzz Lightyear instead of Trumper Tim Allen’ another wrote.    

Allen is Republican, and a vocal conservative who has previously referred to himself as a ‘political anarchist’ and a supporter of ‘a responsible government that actually does what we pay them to do’. 

He has claimed that he never actually came out in support of Donald Trump, but said he ‘kind of liked that the (former) President pissed people off’ and insisted ‘I literally don’t preach anything’ when it comes to politics.

However, the outrage from both sides may simply be missing the point. 

Other users chimed in to explain that the change in actors was simply due to the upcoming ‘Lightyear’ film being an origin story about the ‘real life’ Buzz Lightyear.

They theorized that the film will depict Buzz Lightyear the man, of which Andy – the ‘real life’ character in the Toy Story universe, buys an action figure – the same Buzz Lightyear voiced by Allen. 

Other users chimed in to explain that the change in actors was simply due to the upcoming 'Lightyear' film being an origin story about the 'real life' Buzz Lightyear, which would account for the change in actors

Other users chimed in to explain that the change in actors was simply due to the upcoming 'Lightyear' film being an origin story about the 'real life' Buzz Lightyear, which would account for the change in actors

Other users chimed in to explain that the change in actors was simply due to the upcoming ‘Lightyear’ film being an origin story about the ‘real life’ Buzz Lightyear, which would account for the change in actors

Little has been revealed about the ‘Lightyear’ film, with the decision to choose Evans as the eponymous hero one of the only casting announcements thus far. 

The film represents the 26th animated feature by Pixar and is directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman.

Evans released a statement about the project, calling it a ‘dream come true’ to voice Buzz Lightyear.

‘The phrase ”a dream come true” gets thrown around a lot, but I’ve never meant it more in my life. Anyone who knows me knows that my love for animated films runs deep,’ he said.

‘I can’t believe that I get to be a part of the Pixar family and work with these truly brilliant artists who tell stories unlike anyone else. Watching them work is nothing short of magic. I pinch myself every day,’ Evans said via Just Jared

Lightyear will be released to theaters on June 17, 2022.

Representatives for Tim Allen are yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.  

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