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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Buzz Lightyear with sound clips and images.
Buzz Lightyear is a space ranger for Star Command. A typical solider, he lives by the rules and follow orders from his superiors. His strongest attributes are his courage and bravery.
EDITOR'S OPINIONTim Allen was the perfect choice for Buzz Lightyear, bringing in many characteristics from his Home Improvement role of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, particularly his overconfidence and authority. Despite his refusal to believe he was a toy, you could never hate his character as all he wants to do is good and to help others alongside his "missions". This of course only applies to his "Space Ranger" persona. Of course once Buzz accepted the fact that he was a toy, Allen humanized Buzz just as well, making him even more likeable.
When Buzz spawned an animated series, schedule and costs obviously prevented Allen from reprising his role, but who else but Patrick Warburton could step into the space boots of this now iconic character. I've been a fan of Warburton since his role as Puddy from Seinfeld, and his voice alone makes for a great Buzz. He has a commanding and confident voice, but not in a drill sergeant way.
At the end of the day, I must choose the original in Tim Allen, but I could totally see Warburton having played the role in the movies too.