A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Not strong on promoting good social behavior, but Buzz believes in justice.
Violence & Scariness
Typical cartoon sci-fi/fantasy violence, including laser shootouts and explosions in which robots explode.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of commercialism surrounds the Buzz Lightyear character, but there's none on the show itself.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon series is based on the popular Buzz Lightyear character from Pixar's Toy Story, although the computer graphics of the original film have been dropped in favor of standard two-dimensional animation. The series is based on the usual sci-fi formula and doesn't really offer any educational content, although positive social decisions are made in the name of justice.
Is It Any Good?
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a typical sci-fi adventure, filled with action sequences, quirky aliens, and -- of course -- trademark Disney humor (although the banter isn't as good as it could be). But, like most spin-off series, it completely lacks the exciting, awe-inspiring spirit of the original. The show doesn't have any real relation to the film except for the Buzz Lightyear character -- though that will be more than enough of a connection for some fans.Mira Nova, Booster, and XR have their moments, but Buzz seems at a loss without Woody and all the other toys.
Basically, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is a perfect example of how studios can beat a franchise to death in the pursuit of merchandising gold. But despite its mediocre writing and characters, Buzz Lightyear isn't entirely terrible. Even though it lacks any kind of interesting pull, it's certainly not the worst thing kids could watch.
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