Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
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Created byMark McCorkle
Bob Schooley
Based onToy Story by John Lasseter
Pete Docter
Andrew Stanton
Joe Ranft
Voices ofPatrick Warburton
Stephen Furst
Larry Miller
Neil Flynn
Nicole Sullivan
Wayne Knight
Frank Welker
Adam Carolla
Diedrich Bader
Narrated byGary Owens (opening narration)
Theme music composerAdam Berry
ComposerAdam Berry
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes62[a]
Production
Executive producersMark McCorkle
Bob Schooley
Tad Stones
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesWalt Disney Television Animation
Pixar Animation Studios (co-production)
Release
Original networkUPN
ABC
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02) –
January 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)
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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is an American animated science fiction action-adventure comedy television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and co-produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It serves as a spin-off of the Toy Story franchise and presents a fictionalized account of the in-universe character Buzz Lightyear. The series was preceded by the direct-to-video film Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins.[1] and aired on UPN and ABC from October 2, 2000, to January 13, 2001, as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning and Disney's One Too programming blocks.[2] While the series is 2D animated, Pixar animated the CGI opening title sequence at the beginning of each episode.

Developed by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, who would later create Kim Possible for Disney Channel, the series follows the adventures of Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear. The character first appeared as an action figure in the 1995 American computer-animated comedy film Toy Story, which features original voice actor Tim Allen in the role; Allen's friend Patrick Warburton voices the character in the television series. A video game of the same name based on the series was released in 2000. An unrelated CGI-animated feature film fully produced by Pixar, Lightyear, was released in 2022, serving as an origin story for the character, voiced by Chris Evans.

This was the last Toy Story production for nearly a decade until the release of Toy Story 3 in 2010.

Story

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command is set in the far future. Capital Planet is the forefront of the Galactic Alliance, a peaceful union of various planets, home to various alien species that coexist in harmony. Star Command is a peacekeeping organization consisting of Space Rangers, who investigate threats to galactic peace. The primary enemy of Star Command, as well as Buzz’s archenemy is the Evil Emperor Zurg, an intergalactic crime boss and warlord that rules Planet Z, with an empire of heavily armed robots and slave races forced to work in opposition to the Galactic Alliance.

The series features Buzz Lightyear, a famous and experienced Space Ranger who takes a crew of rookies under his wing as he investigates criminal activity across the galaxy and attempts to bring down Zurg’s evil plots to rule the universe.

Characters

Star Command

Team Lightyear

Other personnel

Villains

Galactic Alliance

Other

  1. ^ 65 episodes, when counted with the pilot movie being split into three parts
  2. ^ eps. 1–20, 23, 26, 28–29, 34, 36, 40, 43, 45–47, 52–53, 55–59, 61–62, 65
  3. ^ eps. 21–22, 24–25, 27, 30–33, 35, 37–39, 41–42, 44, 48–51, 54, 60, 63–64

Episodes

Production codes were taken from the Library of Congress.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
Network
1"The Torque Armada"Don McKinnonGary SperlingOctober 2, 2000 (2000-10-02)003UPN
After Torque’s (voiced by Brad Garrett) arrest at the hands of team Lightyear, Zurg's Hornets spring Torque from a prison transport and have him brought to Planet Z. Zurg fuses a device that allows Torque to clone himself, and the criminal uses his new posse to wreak havoc in the space lanes. After team Lightyear manages to undo their trouble, they and other Space Rangers bring in Torque and his clones.
2"Gravitina"Victor CookKevin Hopps & Tad StonesOctober 3, 2000 (2000-10-03)004UPN
Star Command is directly in the path of an asteroid field. Buzz and the Rangers respond to the emergency and start to destroy the asteroids, but they keep on coming. The asteroids appear to be under some power source that is aiming them at Star Command. Buzz and XR take off to find the source of the asteroid attack and Mira Nova and Booster stay behind to help Star Command. The source of the attack is an evil, female, big-headed alien known as Gravitina, the Mistress of Mass and she has a big crush on Buzz, thus holding Star Command hostage unless Buzz submits into marrying her.
3"XL"Don McKinnonUnknownOctober 4, 2000 (2000-10-04)007UPN
After a series of high tech robberies the team decides to put XR as bait to lure the robber who turns out to be a previous experimental robotic ranger XL (voiced by Bobcat Goldthwait). Revenge driven, XL kidnaps Commander Nebula, and XR proves himself to Nebula by putting a stop to his manic predecessor.
4"Little Secrets"UnknownUnknownOctober 5, 2000 (2000-10-05)020UPN
While searching for a spy, Mira, Booster and XR also have to keep Buzz from learning secrets they are keeping from him.
5"Inside Job"Victor CookAdam Armus & Kay FosterOctober 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)026UPN
Buzz teams up with Space Ranger Flash Flemming to stop the assassination of the Ambassador of Gargantia. Booster feels pathetic compared to the new recruit, only to discover Flemming is actually a robot suit of Gartantian rebels seeking to kill the Ambassador.
6"NOS-4-A2"UnknownUnknownOctober 8, 2000 (2000-10-08)001UPN
After Team Lightyear rescues a mysterious box from a cargo freighter that is under attack by Warp Darkmatter, they bring the box back to Star Command, unaware that they are actually falling right into Zurg's evil trap. The box contains a robotic energy vampire named NOS-4-A2 (voiced by Craig Ferguson), who was created by Zurg to destroy Star Command using his ability to control any machine he bites, including XR!
7"The Planet Destroyer"Don MacKinnonJohn Behnke, Rob Humphrey, Jim PetersonOctober 9, 2000 (2000-10-09)006UPN
Zurg has created a Planet Destroying super weapon capable of destroying planets from great distances, including Mira's home world of Tangea. Now Team Lightyear has to find it, before the Alliance signs over their lives to Zurg. Mira meanwhile is strangely certain her people are still alive.
8"The Beasts of Karn"UnknownUnknownOctober 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)010UPN
A scientist on planet Karn asks for Buzz's help to stop the poaching of native animals. Booster is kidnapped by said poacher, mistaking him for a rare species.
9"Tag Team"UnknownUnknownOctober 11, 2000 (2000-10-11)016UPN
Buzz and Warp Darkmatter discover that they were given implants years ago, so the pair team up to discover who gave them the implants and why. They encounter three scientists of an alien race who analyze Buzz and Warp's pasts to determine the utility and purpose of good and evil.
10"The Main Event"UnknownUnknownOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)019UPN
Buzz and XR find themselves on a barren planet, fighting a series of gladiators.
11"The Return of XL"UnknownUnknownOctober 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)008UPN
XL kidnaps XR and steals a vital component of his. Feeling depressed and neglected, XR runs off to Tradeworld in an attempt to be properly fixed, but only runs into more trouble when XL decides to finish the job.
12"Lost in Time"Steve LoterBill Motz & Bob RothOctober 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)002ABC
When Buzz travels into a Black Hole, Zurg uses it to trick him into thinking he is in the future and collect all of his secrets in his latest attempt to destroy Star Command. Zurg nearly succeeds as he determines a hidden weakness on the space station, and Buzz's team manage to escape and help him break free from the illusion before Star Command is obliterated.
13"Strange Invasion"UnknownUnknownOctober 15, 2000 (2000-10-15)027UPN
Team Lightyear are pushed into the unexplored regions of the galaxy by a supernova and crash on planet Roswell. Booster befriends one of the locals, Becky, forcing a prison break.
14"The Taking of PC-7"UnknownUnknownOctober 16, 2000 (2000-10-16)018UPN
Booster and XR take Torque to prison planetoid PC-7, but Torque engineers a jailbreak with the help of a personality changing helmet.
15"Mindwarp"UnknownUnknownOctober 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)017UPN
Klerm kidnaps Buzz and uses his mind to create an army of Slam-Bots.
16"Mira's Wedding"UnknownUnknownOctober 18, 2000 (2000-10-18)024UPN
Lord Angstrom (voiced by David Warner) arranges Mira to wed Fop Doppler as a distraction for his plot to overthrow King Nova (voiced by John O'Hurley).
17"Panic on Bathyos"UnknownUnknownOctober 19, 2000 (2000-10-19)031UPN
Team Lightyear is sent to Bathyos to find who is helping smugglers steal fusion crystals.
18"Shiv Katall"Victor CookBill Motz & Bob RothOctober 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)015UPN
Brain Pod #13 defects from Zurg's service and Zurg either wants him back or destroyed. He calls on the galaxy's most infamous man hunter Shiv Katall to get the job done. When word gets to Star Command that Katall has been called, Buzz goes after him and dismisses the rest of the team. Mira doesn't like this and decides to intervene in the mission and find Katall. When the team does locate Katall, he isn't quite the villain they thought him to be.
19"Rookie of the Year"Victor CookAdam Armus & Nora Kay FosterOctober 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)052ABC
Mira, Booster, and XR are all nominated for the "Rookie of the Year" award. Zurg steals a new matter transporter whilst the three become more competitive with each other to impress Buzz the most, leaving them in more than a sticky situation.
20"Stress Test"UnknownUnknownOctober 22, 2000 (2000-10-22)048UPN
After working himself too hard, Buzz is forced to take a vacation to Rhizome, forcing to give up all weaponry. Which puts Star Command in trouble when Zurg uses it as the site to launch his Hyper Death Ray at Star Command.
21"A Zoo Out There"UnknownUnknownOctober 23, 2000 (2000-10-23)047UPN
Ambassadors are being kidnapped from Capital Planet and Buzz must locate them.
22"Root of Evil"UnknownUnknownOctober 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)028UPN
Team Lightyear investigates mutant vegetables that are terrorizing planet Jo-Ad, which come from Booster's family farm. Unaware, Zurg has some help from Booster's best friend.
23"Super Nova"UnknownUnknownOctober 25, 2000 (2000-10-25)053UPN
To succeed in their latest mission, Mira uses her ghosting powers to walk into a Crystallic Fusion Generator. She emerges as a glowing, hyper-active ranger. Despite her father's warnings on how dangerous this new power is, Mira begins using her new powers to the extreme, eventually falling into the temptation of taking on Zurg by herself.
24"Downloaded"UnknownUnknownOctober 26, 2000 (2000-10-26)039UPN
While trying to preserve the Galactic Alliance's supercomputer from a hit by Darkmatter, XR downloads all the Galactic Alliance files into his brain, making himself a target.
25"The Plasma Monster"UnknownUnknownOctober 27, 2000 (2000-10-27)013UPN
While escorting a dignitary's daughter for Star Command training, the team encounters a plasma monster (voiced by Michael Showalter) who, in fact, is Plasma Boy, the girl's boyfriend. Things turn serious after a smitten Booster starts a fight with him.
26"Wirewolf"Steve LoterKen Koonce, Michael Merton & Richard MuellerOctober 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)011ABC
Space Ranger Ty Parsec helps Buzz fight NOS-4-A2, but a bite from the energy vampire and the radiation on Canis Lunis turns Ty into the Wirewolf. Buzz and his team face the Werewolf as they work out how to free Ty from his newfound curse.
27"The Crawling Flesh"UnknownUnknownOctober 29, 2000 (2000-10-29)036UPN
Zurg mutates all of Star Command into blob monsters, who must defeat Zurg despite their transformation.
28"Dirty Work"Victor CookBob Forward, Ken Koonce & Michael MertonOctober 30, 2000 (2000-10-30)023UPN
When demand becomes high, Cosmo (voiced by Paul Rugg) orders a K-5000 Uni-appliance that multi-tasks all of the kitchen's jobs for his diner. However, when NOS-4-A2 bites it, the appliance seizes entire control of the diner. Team Lightyear, much to Buzz's chagrin, has to rely on Professor Triffid's unique genetic technologies to return the diner back to normal.
29"The Slayer"UnknownUnknownOctober 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)051UPN
Buzz and XR team up with a young street girl named Savy SL2 to track down and stop NOS-4-A2 when he goes on a monstrous predatory hunt for robots on Trade World.
30"The Lightyear Factor"UnknownUnknownNovember 1, 2000 (2000-11-01)056UPN
Zurg accidentally opens a portal to an alternate universe and unleashes an evil, tyrannical Buzz Lightyear onto his world. Now with the evil Buzz in his dimension, the heroic Buzz must fend off the doppelgangers of his friends who want to see Buzz Lightyear destroyed while his team must find a way to survive the new rise of evil.
31"Clone Rangers"UnknownUnknownNovember 2, 2000 (2000-11-02)032UPN
Zurg creates clones of Buzz, Mira and Booster. However the Brain Pods create the clones at Age 12. Now Team Lightyear has to deal with their villainous matches on the theme park planet Corny World.
32"Bunzel Fever"UnknownUnknownNovember 3, 2000 (2000-11-03)044UPN
Team Lightyear has been running themselves ragged trying to catch Torque and XL. However Booster is asked to return home for the Bunzel harvest. Against his grandfather's advice, Booster continues the investigation, catching Bunzel fever mutating him into a feral beast.
33"Rescue Mission"Don MacKinnonAlexx Van DyneNovember 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)014ABC
Buzz is shrunk down so that he can assist them against a threat. However, the threat turns out to be the rest of Team Lightyear, who are stuck helping Cosmo pass a health inspection from Bugs, the people who contacted Buzz.
34"Devolutionaries"UnknownUnknownNovember 5, 2000 (2000-11-05)043UPN
Team Lightyear visits Binipinardia, where they discover Warp Darkmatter is de-evolving people with a new gas. Now XR must lead his de-evolved team to take Warp down.
35"Head Case"UnknownUnknownNovember 6, 2000 (2000-11-06)035UPN
When XR is damaged in a battle, XL kidnaps him while he is being repaired. Now with XL posing as XR to plant a bomb inside Star Command, XR must use XL's body to stop him.
36"The Yukari Imprint"Victor CookCade ChilcoatNovember 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)038UPN
Buzz and his team offer to protect the ambassador and his delegates. However Booster buys an egg, believing it will hatch into a cute pet. Unaware said egg ends up mass producing miniaturized Booster clones.
37"The Shape Stealer"UnknownUnknownNovember 8, 2000 (2000-11-08)040UPN
Zurg creates an assassin capable of taking over other people's bodies and sends it after Buzz. Unfortunately, it takes control of Buzz, and later Star Command.
38"Star Crossed"UnknownUnknownNovember 9, 2000 (2000-11-09)042UPN
When one of Zurg's brain pods defects, he hires a bounty hunter to bring it back, Mira's ex-boyfriend.
39"Haunted Moon"Don MacKinnonMark PalmerNovember 10, 2000 (2000-11-10)060UPN
Buzz and his team fight a ghost trying to disrupt their mission to save a planet.
40"Star Smasher"Steve LoterBrian SwenlinNovember 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)009ABC
One of the Little Green Men goes missing during an attack and Zurg plans to use his knowledge to create a Flux Gravity Capacitor. With it, Zurg plans to collapse the sun Capital Planet orbits into a black hole to destroy it and Star Command completely.
41"Stranger Invasion"Steve LoterMichael MertonNovember 12, 2000 (2000-11-12)050UPN
Booster gets in trouble when he is discovered to still be in contact with Becky from Roswell, even though Roswell is still an undeveloped world. Around that time Zurg invades Roswell and takes it over, with plans to build and deploy a surprise attack fleet to conquer Capital Planet. When Buzz decides to take Booster with him to Roswell's system on a patrol mission to cheer him up, they discover this, and the two must work with Roswell's military at foiling Zurg's plan of converting the planet into a massive duplicate of Planet Z.
42"Eye of the Tempest"UnknownUnknownNovember 13, 2000 (2000-11-13)034UPN
Mad scientist Spyro Lepton (Voiced by Ryan Stiles) uses a distress signal to lure Buzz into a trap so he can enact his revenge. With his daughter's help, Buzz tries to stop the newly named Von Madman before his corrupted new form gets the better of him.
43"Revenge of the Monsters"UnknownUnknownNovember 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)045UPN
XL and NOS-4-A2 infiltrate Star Command to turn Ty Parsec back into the Wirewolf. With NOS-4-A2 now in control of Planet Z converting most of Star Command and the Galactic Alliance into Wirewolves too, XR and Buzz must convince XL to be a space ranger again. The unlikely trio must work together in a final battle against the robotic vampire and his cybernetic werewolves.
44"Lone Wolf"UnknownUnknownNovember 15, 2000 (2000-11-15)054UPN
Because of lack of evidence, a criminal is about to walk free, making the team depressed. Buzz tells them about how in his initial years when he got depressed due to a similar incident and what inspired him to rejoin Star Command as a Space Ranger.
45"Planet of the Lost"Steve LoterJan StrandNovember 16, 2000 (2000-11-16)061UPN
While investigating the disappearance of ships around a planet which looks like a desert but shows a significant amount of technology, the team ends up stranded along with all the people who crashed there with Flynn (voiced by Mark Hamill) as their leader, but on detailed inspection they realize that the Shriekers that caused the crash only wanted to trap people and mystery follows.
46"Revenge of the Raenoks"Steve LoterAdam Armus & Nora Kay FosterNovember 17, 2000 (2000-11-17)066UPN
Booster is taken prisoner by the Raenoks, who plan to use him for a prisoner exchange to get their leader, Varg, back. Buzz and Mira set out to rescue him, using a new cloaking device developed by the LGMs.
47"Enemy Without a Face"Victor CookElizabeth StonecypherNovember 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)030ABC
Team Lightyear is caught between two races who have been at war for 900 years. Team Lightyear discovers it is actually the work of aggression-inducing parasites, which make their way into Star Command, forcing XR to save the day.
48"The Starthought"UnknownUnknownNovember 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)021UPN
Star Command is given a new ship controlled by the mind of the pilot, but Zurg soon takes it for himself, with Team Lightyear and especially Mira having to work out how to stop him.
49"Millennial Bugs"UnknownUnknownNovember 20, 2000 (2000-11-20)063UPN
Zurg steals fossilized Millennial Bug eggs and attempts to hatch them.
50"Conspiracy"Steve LoterEddie GuzelianNovember 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)033UPN
The Gargantians pose as Buzz in an attempt to get the Galactic President assassinated during the signing of a historic peace initiative. An innocent Buzz is soon jailed for the crime and must break out of prison to find out who is setting him up.
51"At Large on a Small Planet"UnknownUnknownNovember 23, 2000 (2000-11-23)058UPN
Ambassador Ursona is kidnapped while on planet Gargantia, forcing Buzz and Booster to shrink down and find him to put a stop to the Gargantian militant movement once and for all.
52"Sunquake"UnknownUnknownNovember 24, 2000 (2000-11-24)057UPN
The evil Buzz from another dimension returns and teams up with Gravitina to besmirch Buzz's good name.
53"Good Ol' Buzz"Steve LoterLeslie NordmanNovember 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)022ABC
A Buzz from 150 years in the future arrives to help save Mira from being killed.
54"First Missions"Victor CookBill Motz & Bob RothNovember 26, 2000 (2000-11-26)059UPN
While they are pinned down by Zurg's Hornets while protecting Professor Reddshift (voiced by Robert Picardo), to help boost Reddshift's confidence that Buzz will save them in time, Mira, Booster, and XR tell him the stories of when each of them first met Buzz; this inspires Reddshift to help Lightyear in a massive robot battle between Buzz and Zurg.
55"Large Target"UnknownUnknownNovember 27, 2000 (2000-11-27)046UPN
During a vacation XR impersonates Booster so he can gamble at a casino, but soon attracts more trouble than he was prepared for.
56"War, and Peace and War"UnknownUnknownNovember 29, 2000 (2000-11-29)064UPN
When the supremely powerful Guzelian tries to usher in a new era of peace, everyone is elated, except for Buzz and Zurg, who agree to work together to find Guzelian's true intentions. Both hero and villain uncover and put a stop to an impending invasion by Guzelian's race, the Heed.
57"Return to Karn"Victor CookBill Motz & Bob RothDecember 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)037ABC
Mira and Madame President are shot down over planet Karn and must elude Zurg as he hunts for them.
58"Speed Trap"Steve LoterJohn Behnke, Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonDecember 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)029ABC
During traffic duty, Team Lightyear finds a ship traveling towards a sun, threatening to destroy it on impact.
59"Holiday Time"Victor CookMark PalmerDecember 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)062ABC
Buzz and the gang must help Santa (voiced by Earl Boen) to save the holiday from the Evil Emperor Zurg.
60"Opposites Attract"Don MacKinnonMark PalmerDecember 23, 2000 (2000-12-23)041ABC
Gravitina causes Buzz's head to swell to enormous size, like hers, hoping this will cause Buzz to fall in love with her.
61"Ancient Evil"Steve LoterJim Staahl & Jim FisherJanuary 6, 2001 (2001-01-06)049ABC
A group of LGMs awaken the ancient space mummy Natron and Zurg insists Warp bring the mummy to him. With Warp reduced to an old man, Buzz insists on helping his old friend, and the two former partners team up to defeat the ancient evil.
62"42"Don MacKinnonJohn Behnke, Rob Humphrey & Jim PetersonJanuary 13, 2001 (2001-01-13)025ABC
A group of Valkyrans attempt to seize control of a cargo ship. At the same time, 42 develops her own personality, and a relationship with XR.

Broadcast and syndication

The series was aired during UPN's Disney's One Too programming block from October 2000 to August 2003. One episode, "Super Nova", only aired twice during its original run. It also aired on Disney Channel from June 5, 2006, to May 16, 2008, when it was taken off the air in the U.S.. Two episodes, "Conspiracy" and "Inside Job", were rarely seen after 2001. The show also aired on Toon Disney from 2003 to 2007 as well as on the network's Jetix block for a brief time in 2004.

Production

Developed by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, later the creators of Kim Possible and Big Hero 6: The Series, the series was originally announced when plans for a Toy Story television series were announced (including a Woody's Roundup series, which was ultimately cancelled). 62 episodes of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command were made, but due to ending production in 1999-2000, the show's episode run was aired on UPN and ABC out of order, despite the show being a success during its airing.

Awards and nominations

2001Outstanding Sound Editing - Special Class – Jennifer Mertens, Paca Thomas, Otis Van Osten, Rick Hammel, Eric Hertsguaard, Robbi Smith, Brian F. Mars, Marc S. Perlman, and Dominick Certo (won)

Video game

A video game titled Buzz Lightyear of Star Command was developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Activision, and released for PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, and Dreamcast in 2000. The gameplay revolves around Buzz chasing down the various villains from the show, and defeating them using different color coded weapons.

Notes

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 101–102. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ ""Buzz Lightyear of Star Command". Big Cartoon Database. May 13, 2012.
  3. ^ In the episode "42" Buzz admits to Booster that he didn't lie to Commander Nebula by stating that he only told a cover story
  4. ^ Although he is seen at his house on several episodes."Tag Team
  5. ^ In "Good Ol' Buzz", an LGM mistakenly refers to Mira as "Booster". Upon being corrected, he says the Rangers all look the same to them.
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