Lightyear UK release date, age rating and parents guide latest

Lightyear UK release date, age rating and parents guide

It’s time to get set for the most exciting animated film of 2022 with the Lightyear UK release date fully confirmed and the teaser trailer out. To add to the build-up, here’s everything you need to know about the film, including the latest on the age rating in our parents guide section below, plus the story synopsis, cast and our runtime estimate.

It looks set to be a very clever spinoff from the Toy Story series, taking things on a tangent with the inspiration for the Buzz Lightyear action figure. The man of the same name is a space explorer of heroic proportions and the film will will follow along with his story as he trains for the biggest mission of his life.

It’s essentially, the origin story for the character, but arguably the most unusual origin story in animated movie history outside of the the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As ever, it’s a Disney Pixar production and looks set to be yet another gem in their incredible catalogue of films. It also leaves things open for a Woody origin story too at some time in the not too distant infinity and beyond.


At the time of writing, it’s a cast list of one for Lightyear, but we’re expecting a whole lot more details to come out in the run up to the release. Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame) of Captain America fame takes up the mantle of Buzz in the film, which means that Tim Allen isn’t in the frame on this one, so we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed for a 5th entry to the main series to get “more power” back in the mix.

We’ll update with more details on the cast as they’re confirmed.

Lightyear UK release date

The good news is that the Lightyear UK release date has now been confirmed for the 17th June 2022, so we’ll get to see it all in action at the start of the next summer. It’ll be out on the same date in the US and Canada, so there shouldn’t be too much story detail to avoid online unless there’s a last minute date change.

There’s still a long way to go until the film release, so you might expect it to be one of the few confirmed to come out that week. However, it’s actually got a lot of competition with Jurassic World Dominion out on the 10th and then Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore releases on the 15th, so it will have to be pretty special to take the number 1 spot in the UK.

The June 2022 cinematic release means that is should go on to come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital in the UK around October or November 2022, which means that it’s sure to be on a lot of Christmas home entertainment wish lists alongside Jurassic World Dominion and Fantastic Beasts 3. Although, it will also stream on Disney+ on a similar timeline.

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Age rating and parents guide

The Lightyear UK age rating is still awaiting certification by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and it’s a similar story for the Motion Picture Associated in the US. However, you can take a lot from the rating for previous Toy Story films with the first film picking up a PG and then the rest of films were U for Universal. We’re expecting the spin-off to get a similar certification and we’ll update things here as soon as they’re confirmed.

In terms of the parents guide notes, the teaser trailer doesn’t seem to point towards the same mild violence and scary scenes as the Toy Story films. However, it looks like things are definitely going to get tense for Buzz out in space and there’s always an element of sadness, loss or an emotional journey with Pixar Films, which is worth bearing in mind for parents.

We’ll update you with more details on the animated film as they get confirmed. You can also check out our movie news section to keep tabs on the latest upcoming film release dates, age rating details and parents guide notes, or visit the Disney Pixar website at


As with the age rating, the Lightyear runtime will be confirmed when we get nearer to the release date. However, if you look at the Toy Story franchise the average is a little over the 1 hour and 30 minutes mark, so that should be the same situation here.