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What Is The Age Rating For Lightyear? Parents Guide

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To Infinity- and Beyond! Before he was a toy falling with style, Buzz Lightyear was the star of a movie that young Andy watched. And Lightyear is that movie. Is Lightyear as kid-friendly and safe as the Toy Story movies? What is the age rating for Lightyear? This parents guide will help you decide if kids in your household can see the Buzz Lightyear origin story.

what is the age rating for Lightyear? Parents guide and review

About Lightyear

A sci-fi action-adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew.

As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox.

Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.

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sox and buzz lightyear. what ages are appropriate to watch lightyear?
HERO’S BEST FRIEND — Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is an all-new, original feature film that presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans)—the hero who inspired the toy—following the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. But Buzz can’t do it alone—he shares space with a dutiful robot companion cat called Sox (voice of Peter Sohn). A hidden grab bag of gizmos in a cute kitty package, Sox is Buzz’s go-to friend and sidekick. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), the sci-fi action-adventure releases on June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

What Is The Age Rating For Lightyear? Parents Guide

To clear things up: this Buzz Lightyear is NOT a toy.

He’s the movie character that the ‘Toy Story’ Buzz is based upon. That’s right: Pixar is going a bit meta with this one.

This parents guide for Lightyear will help you decide if your family can handle the gore, violence, language, sex, romance, and nudity. We’ll also give Lightyear age rating and recommendations.

To infinity and beyond! Lightyear parents guide and age rating
TO INFINITY… — Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is an all-new, original feature film that presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans)—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans. Prepare to blast off for a thrilling adventure that will take you “To infinity… and beyond.” Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), the sci-fi action-adventure releases on June 17, 2022. © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Language In Lightyear

Pixar skates clean through this one!

There’s no concerning language in this movie, so you won’t have to worry about putting the “earmuffs” on your littles.

Age Rating For Lightyear: Is It Safe For Kids When It Comes To Sex, Romance, and Nudity?

Lightyear has no sex or nudity in it- which, obviously, is on-brand for a Disney Pixar movie.

But what about that kiss you’ve heard so much about?

There is a romance and marriage between two women that plays out largely off-screen with one shared peck of a kiss on-screen.

If you have heard about this and worried that Pixar was becoming overly sexual: we assure you that the kiss is a blink and you’d miss it moment. It is sweet and appropriate.

is lightyear ok for kids? parents guide
SCI-FI ACTION ADVENTURE – The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. Also featuring the voices of Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Keke Palmer, Efren Ramirez, Peter Sohn, Dale Soules, Taika Waititi and Isiah Whitlock Jr., Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” releases June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Is Lightyear Ok For Kids: Mature Topics

Lightyear doesn’t show characters smoking, drinking, or engaging in concerning behaviors.

There is one main character’s death that, in the ways only Pixar can, may make you shed a tear. It’s not a traumatic death, but there is a death in the storyline that does have an emotional impact.

Lightyear plays heavily on an “end of the world as we know it” theme that could be concerning to some children.

Buzz’s mission goes horribly wrong and the entire movie is based on trying to correct that mistake over and over again.

If your child is a deep thinker, this might bring up some concerns and questions after the movie.

Is lightyear kid friendly? parents guide and review
TEAMING UP – Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is a sci-fi action adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy. The all-new story follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits (voices of Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules), and their robot companion Sox (voice of Peter Sohn). Also joining the cast are Uzo Aduba, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Efren Ramirez and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”), “Lightyear” releases June 17, 2022. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Violence and Gore: Is Lightyear Too Scary For Kids Under 8?

We were a little surprised by how intense some moments were in Lightyear.

While the gore is minimal (think robots getting their parts blown apart) there was some cartoon violence.

Buzz gets plenty of use from his arm space laser and other weapons and there are some moments of peril for many characters, including a child.

Hand-to-hand combat, explosions, and laser guns are used throughout the movie.

Lightyear age rating: parents guide and review
Releasing June 17, 2022, Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” is an all-new, original feature film that presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans. Featuring the voice of Chris Evans as Buzz, the sci-fi action-adventure is directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”) and produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”). © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Lightyear Age Rating: What Ages Can Really Watch This One?

Lightyear is rated PG for action and peril.

As always, you know your kids best!

We think most kids could handle watching Lightyear and come away entertained. They’ll also probably fall in love with Sox the cat!

But the movie is over 1 hour and 30 minutes long- and frankly felt even longer- so younger kids may have a problem staying engaged with this one.

We think kids 4 and up are likely to enjoy Lightyear, with the ones under this age possibly needing extra snacks to keep them in their seats.

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