Tim Allen Returning To His Best Franchise Despite Recent Controversy

Tim Allen will return to the role of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 5.

By Melissa Murphy | Published

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When Chris Evans was cast as Buzz in the spinoff show Lightyear last summer, many fans were worried about Tim Allen’s future as the beloved action figure. However, according to ComicBook.com, a recent tweet from Tim Allen revealed that he will be reprising his role as Buzz Lightyear in the franchise’s newest installment Toy Story 5 despite recent controversies

Tim Allen was the voice of Buzz Lightyear since the original movie in 1995. He played the beloved character in all four installments, stretching from 1995 to 2019. His tweet also suggests that Tom Hanks will return as Woody for the new animated film.

This comes as a surprise to some loyal fans who believed Tim Allen had been dropped by Disney for his outspoken conservative views. While this was not the case, the actor has been known for stirring up controversy over the years. Most recently, the star has been accused of flashing from Pamela Anderson. 

The actress alleges that Tim Allen walked up to her on the set of Home Improvement on her first day. He was wearing a robe that he opened, showing the star he was naked underneath. Tim Allen said that he had seen her naked a number of times in Playboy and that it was only fair she see him naked too. 

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These implications were recently shared by Pamela Anderson in her new memoir, Love, Pamela. However, despite these recent allegations coming to light, the star will still be the voice of Toy Story 5’s Buzz Lightyear. 

Loyal fans of the franchise got a shocking surprise earlier this month when Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a fifth installment was in the works. Toy Story 5 is slated to release later this year on June 16th. The franchise, which now spans nearly three decades, has been bringing viewers back time and time again for years.

Many thought that Toy Story 4 would be the last installment. The movie had a solid ending and brought closure to both Buzz and Woody’s character arcs. However, with the announcement of Tim Allen reprising his role as Buzz Lightyear, we know the duo has more to tell. 

Toy Story has always worked differently from other popular movie franchises. Instead of creating a schedule for each installment, creators have been okay to sit on a current film until the perfect idea for the next has been crafted. Because of that, many fans note that each film gets better than the last. 

While no one is yet sure what is going to play out in Toy Story 5, loyal fans that have been coming back for more years are excited to see what’s in store for their favorite characters. There’s no word yet of just how far the series can go, but with many new characters added throughout the films, there is still potential for more stories to be told in the future. 

However, fans will just have to wait and see what the future will bring for the franchise. In the meantime, we can look forward to Tim Allen coming back as everyone’s favorite fictional action figure, Buzz Lightyear.