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“Lightyear”: who really is Emperor Zurg

"Lightyear" is an American animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)

“Lightyear”the new Pixar animated film and spin off of the successful saga “Toy Story”, has just hit theaters worldwide with great success. The tape tells us the origin story of the astronaut on which the Buzz Lightyear toy is based and, because of him, his archenemy appears in the plot, the evil emperor Zurg, sworn enemy of the Galactic Alliance.

Buzz’s robot nemesis is the central antagonist in “Lightyear” and the film finally pulls back the curtain on the villain’s identity, revealing a surprising twist for long-time fans of the “Toy Story” franchise.

There was a story in “Toy Story 2” that suggested that Zurg might actually be the father of buzz lightyear, paralleling the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars. But what is certain about the identity of this character? Here we tell you.

“Lightyear” is an American animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)


The true identity of Emperor Zurg has always been a mystery, until now that the truth has come to light. Zurg was revealed to be Buzz Lightyear in the new Pixar movie.

In “Lightyear,” Buzz and the entire Star Command team are stranded on a remote planet for decades, though Buzz hardly ages because he’s testing out hyperdrive missions that essentially allow him to travel through time.

He is focused on finishing the mission to return home while everyone else on the planet starts to make a new life for themselves. This is where future Buzz comes into play.

Emperor Zurg's true identity was revealed in the film "Lightyear" (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)
The true identity of Emperor Zurg was revealed in the movie “Lightyear” (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)

According to the people at Star Command didn’t appreciate him stealing a ship to solve the hyperdrive problem, that version of Buzz travels into the future, where he finds all sorts of robotic technology that allows him to become even more powerful.

In this way he travels back in time to correct his initial mistake, but his crystal can only take him so far. It needs the new power source that the “present” Buzz and Sox created.

This big reveal adds an important layer to the relationship Buzz has with Zurg. Both are two versions of the same person, although one has evolved to overcome his mistakes while the other spends years thinking about them.

As you remember, the first time the identity of Emperor Zurg was addressed was in “Toy Story 2”, where it was suggested that the villain could actually be Buzz Lightyear’s father. This theory has been completely ruled out.

“Lightyear” was released in theaters on June 16, and a day later it arrived in the United States (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)
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