Tim Allen has criticised the ‘Toy Story’ spin-off ‘Lightyear’ after he was replaced by Chris Evans.
The 69-year-old actor spoke out after the follow-up film flopped on its opening weekend, with Allen hitting out at its lack of continuity to the ‘Toy Story’ franchise and his exclusion from the project by a “new team”.
Allen, also famed for playing Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor on ABC sitcom ‘Home Improvement’ from 1991 to 1999, voiced character Buzz Lightyear alongside Tom Hanks, 65, who voiced cowboy Woody in the 1995 Pixar film ‘Toy Story’.
It made $373 million (£306 million) at the box office, with Allen reprising his voice role in several sequel films and animated shorts, as well as voicing space-obsessed toy Buzz in 2019’s ‘Toy Story 4’.
‘Lightyear’ earned only $51.7 million (£42.4 million) in North America when it opened, and was pulled from 14 countries for including a gay kissing scene Disney refused to censor.
Allen also told Extra on Wednesday he did not originally think the ‘Lightyear’ would be animated and would be live-action.
'Lightyear’ is in NZ cinemas now.