How to Watch 'Lightyear' and All the 'Toy Story' Movies Beforehand

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Lightyear
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Well before Andy opened up his Buzz Lightyear toy on his birthday in the first Toy Story movie, Buzz had a tale of his own. After all, he was always rambling on about his intergalactic conquests and whatnot. In the prequel movie Lightyear, we finally get to witness Buzz Lightyear's heroic endeavors firsthand. 

Lightyear will be in theaters beginning June 17. The Buzz Lightyear origin story gives fans a long-awaited look into the iconic character before he became a popular toy. Lightyear takes place before the first Toy Story movie and shows how Andy became obsessed with everyone's favorite space ranger (and explains why he was so excited to open up Buzz).

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The cast is filled with a legendary crew that includes Chris Evans (voices Buzz Lightyear), Keke Palmer (voices Izzy Hawthorne), Taika Waititi (voices Mo Morrison), James Brolin (voices Zurg) and many more talented actors. We know you're ready to fill your nostalgic heart with this intergalactic tale, so we have all the details on when, where and how you can watch Lightyear — along with how you can stream the first four Toy Story movies and more. 

Where to Watch Lightyear

Lightyear releases in theaters on Friday, June 17, so you don't have long to wait to see Buzz Lightyear face off against the evil Emperor Zurg. 

When Does Lightyear Come to Disney+?

Currently, there isn't a date set for when Lightyear will make its way to the streaming service. Disney typically has a 30- or 45-day window of theatrical exclusivity, so Lightyear will likely begin streaming between July 17 and Aug. 1.

How Can I Watch all the Toy Story Movies Before Lightyear Hits Theaters?

If you want to refresh your memory on everything related to the franchise, you can stream all four Toy Story movies on Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video. Plus, you can watch an original documentary about the making of Lightyear on Disney+ as well. Disney+ subscriptions cost $8/month or you can get the Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ bundle for $14/month.

Before you get comfy at your local cinema, you can watch the Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear documentary, which details the creative journey it took to bring Lightyear to the big screen. You can watch all the effort that went into making the prequel. Currently, this behind-the-scenes documentary is exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service.

Toy Story
Pixar and Walt Disney Studios

Rewatch the movie that started it all, including Woody and Buzz's rivalry-turned-friendship. 

$4
ON AMAZON
$8/MONTH
ON DISNEY+

Toy Story 2
Pixar and Walt Disney Studios

Watch Buzz and his pals try to rescue Woody from a toynapper in this second installment of the franchise. 

$4
ON AMAZON
$8/MONTH
ON DISNEY+

Toy Story 3
Pixar and Walt Disney Studios

Everyone loves the third film in the Toy Story franchise, after all it includes Barbie, Ken and a band of daycare toy misfits.

$4
AT AMAZON
$8/MONTH
ON DISNEY+

Toy Story 4
Pixar and Walt Disney Studios

Road trips and toys bring back some great childhood memories, and you and unlocked even more while you rewatch Woody, Buzzy and the rest of their pals navigate a road trip gone awry. 

$4
ON AMAZON
$8/MONTH
ON DISNEY+

Watch the making of Lightyear in this documentary that gives you another way to look at your favorite space ranger.

$8/MONTH

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