Pixar thinks it knows why the Lightyear movie failed

There was a lot of buzz around the Lightyear movie when it was announced in 2020, but alas, it didn't quite stick the landing. Despite decent reviews, Lightyear performed disappointingly at the box office – and now, Pixar has explained where it thinks things went wrong.

Lightyear made $226M worldwide in total, which might not sound like a disappointment. But compared with Toy Story 4's $1B (not to mention Lightyear's $200M budget), it wasn't a big hit for Pixar. And studio CCO Pete Docter says it's because the film simply asked too much of the audience. (Still fancy checking it out? Take a look at our guide to Disney Plus.)

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.