Tim Allen Weighs in on 'Lightyear' Floundering Amid 'Woke' Debate

Tim Allen has finally spoken out about the new Lightyear movie, which has been accused by some of being too "woke."

Allen, who admitted that he's tried to stay out of the conversation, was the original voice of Buzz Lightyear in the first four Toy Story movies, but he was replaced by Chris Evans in the new origin story Lightyear. The Disney Pixar film has disappointed at the box office so far, with many people voicing their disapproval of some of the movie's content.

As he was promoting his new History Channel series "More Power," Allen was asked by ExtraTV for his thoughts on Lightyear.

"I've stayed out of this, because it has nothing to do with — As I've said, a long time ago, we talked about this, many years ago. It came up in one of the sessions. I said, 'What a fun movie that would be.' We spoke about it. But the brass that did the first four movies is not this. It's a whole new team that really had nothing to do with the first movies."

Lightyear is directed by longtime Pixar member Angus MacLane, and co-written by MacLane, Jason Headley (Onward) and Matthew Alrich (Coco).

Allen continued: "I thought it was a live-action. When they said they were doing it live-action, that's what I thought to mean real humans, and not an animated thing.

"And really, as Hanks and I, there's really no Buzz without Woody, so I'm not sure what the idea — I'm a plot guy. If this was done in 1997, it would seem to be a big adventure story, and as I see, it's not a big adventure story. It's a wonderful story. It just doesn't seem to have any connection to the toy," he said.

"It's a little... I don't know," Allen added, shrugging his shoulders.

Comparing the Lightyear Buzz to the Toy Story Buzz, Allen said: "It has no relationship to Buzz. There's no connection, I just wish there was a better connection to Buzz."

Allen's comments come after a disappointing start to life at the box office for Lightyear. The opening weekend saw the movie earn $51 million at the domestic box office, which was way below the projected $70 million. Many people have spoken out against the film, with celebrities like Patricia Heaton criticizing the creators for re-casting Allen and "castrating" Buzz Lightyear.

Part of the reason Lightyear has been accused of going "woke" is because it features a very brief same-sex kiss between two characters.

Keke Palmer voices the character Izzy Hawthorne, who has the kiss. She told Newsweek she "loves" how the movie "normalizes same-sex relationships."

Lightyear is out in movie theaters everywhere now.

Tim Allen and new Buzz in Lightyear
Tim Allen was re-cast as the voice of Buzz Lightyear for the new animated movie "Lightyear," which is out in cinemas now. The star has finally spoken out about the new Lightyear movie. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images / Disney Enterprises, Inc.