Buzz Lightyear is a fictional character in the Toy Story franchise. He is a toy Space Ranger superhero according to the movies and an action figure in the franchise. Along with Sheriff Woody, he is one of the two lead characters in all four Toy Story movies. He also appeared in the movie Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins and the television series spin-off Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
Buzz Lightyear is voiced by Tim Allen in the Toy Story films, a few video games, and the Buzz Lightyear movie, while Patrick Warburton provides the voice for the TV series.
History with the Macy's Parade
Buzz Lightyear, the fearless Space Ranger from the beloved Toy Story trilogy, made his Parade debut in 2008, alongside fellow debutantes Smurf and Horton the Elephant. The larger-than-life hero measured 67.7-feet long, 39.9-feet wide and 34.3-feet tall. On Thanksgiving Day, Buzz was ready for the adventure with his jet pack guiding him down the route. From his green and purple space boots all the way up to his protective helmet, which is 17-feet in diameter, Buzz Lightyear became the second balloon in Parade history to use a clear material, following the previous year's Abby Cadabby balloon.
The same year the balloon debuted, John Lasseter, director of the Toy Story films, helped man the balloon en route to 34th Street in both 2010 and 2008. Buzz would fly to infinity and beyond for six consecutive appearances, before retiring shortly after the 2013 Parade. Despite the balloon's retirement, it would make a final appearance at the 2015 D23 Expo, where he was displayed outside of the Anaheim Convention Center. Since this appearance, the Buzz Lightyear balloon has yet to make another public appearance. As the series of movies ended in 2019 with the fourth film, and no sequels have been announced, he is unlikely to return to the parade.
- In 2013, Buzz Lightyear almost had his left arm punctured by the Macy's Santaland Express in an attempt to pass through when the float broke down at 55th Street. One of the utility vehicles pulling the balloon also ran over a female balloon handler by accident and injured her foot.
- The balloon's helmet would frequently have a dent in the bottom for unknown reasons. Although, it is common misconception that in 2012, the helmet ripped open and was caught on footage.
Below, you will find he music tracks that played during the balloon's appearance on the NBC telecast.
- "Infinity and Beyond" (2008-2009)
- "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Tom Scott Remix, 2010-2013)
- Coincidentally, none of Buzz Lightyear's appearances, except his second, were to promote an actual Toy Story movie; his presence in the parade was made possible by the fact that, although the releases of these movies are infrequent, the franchise and its characters have been kept relevant in the interims between movies by numerous spin-off shorts, TV specials, video game appearances, and theme park attractions.