More than 20 years ago, on November 24, 1999, the stakes couldn't have been higher for Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of their toy friends.
After the surprise success of 1995's Toy Story, which was the first full-length movie to be made entirely using computer-generated imagery, the expectations were high for the long-awaited sequel, which had a troubled production shoot and many script revisions.
Fortunately, the magic was still there, with Toy Story 2, led by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, going on to gross almost $500 million worldwide and proved these toys still had a lot of playtime left in them. Toy Story 3, released in 2010, and Toy Story 4, released in 2019, proved just how much staying power the Disney and Pixar franchise had, with each follow-up grossing over $1 billion worldwide, with the third film winning Oscars for Best Animated Film, Best Original Film and earning a Best Picture nomination, a rarity for an animated movie.
And now, fans are going to infinity and beyond thanks to Chris Evans' Lightyear.
The newest film, which hit theaters June 17, is essentially Buzz Lightyear's origin story, with Evans lending his voice to the Star Command astronaut.
Now, you already know you've got a friend in us. So allow us celebrate Lightyear and reveal 15 secrets you probably don't know about one of the most beloved (and successful) film franchises of all-time.
Lightyear is now in theaters.