Buzz Lightyear
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Buzz Lightyear

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Buzz Lightyear with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Toy Story

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.
Created by Foxwolf on Jun 16 2010
Special thanks to Music Meister for additional sound clips.
Toy Story Animated StoryBook (1996)
Buzz LightyearPatrick Fraley
Patrick Fraley
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Buzz LightyearTim Allen
Tim Allen
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000)
Buzz LightyearPatrick Warburton
Patrick Warburton
Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011)
Buzz LightyearMike MacRae
Mike MacRae


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said at 3:12 PM on Fri Jun 15 2018
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Tim Allen IS Buzz Lightyear.
said at 3:12 PM on Fri Jun 15 2018
I might get hate for this but I don't really care too much for Buzz as a character, at least not in the movies. Even after his character development in the first movie he never really developed any further and his relationship with Woody was never explored more in the sequels.

It's a tough call but despite my feelings I'm giving it to Tim Allen. Much like Tom Hanks as Woody he just seems to fit in the role perfectly as a serious and authoritative space ranger. His deep voice also helps making it recognisable.

Patrick Warburton helps make the character a bit more likeable (which is a given since the show is based around Buzz) but it feels too recognisable and lacks the charm of Tim.

Mike MacRae is actually a really good impression of Tim. In fact, if you didn't know it was him, one could think Tim was in the role. Still he lacks the strong acting of Tim.

Patrick Fraley is just... wow. Even his Falcon impression was way better than this. It feels like he's trying hard to live up to Tim but falls short of just being a simple imitation of him.

Tim Allen gets my vote.
said at 11:06 PM on Fri Mar 2 2018
Tim wins easily. The part was made for him. Mike, however, does a very good imitation of his voice. The two Patricks make up the lesser half. Warburton does a passable job, but he sort of turns Buzz into him, and as for Fraley, he's way off base.
said at 6:35 PM on Fri Aug 4 2017
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Tim Allen nails Buzz. From being this deluded space ranger to him being more aware of himself and what he is, it's one of his best roles next to making weird noises on Home Improvement.

Patrick Warburton is basically doing his own voice, but boy is it funny for this Buzz! I haven't really watched the show, but this sound clip cracks me right up.

From the rest, they're pretty much Tim Allen lite. Mike MacRae is the better impersonator, but he sounds a bit too rough.

Patrick Fraley is decent, but I really don't hear Buzz.

DREAM CASTING: Jeff Bergman. I heard his voice demo, and he does a friggin good Buzz impression. I don't think I've heard him in a Disney production before, but he should give Buzz a go one day.
said at 10:00 PM on Mon Jul 31 2017
1. Tim Allen- He is Buzz. He sounds a very confidence and authoritative figure. It sounds natural and fits the character perfectly.
2. Patrick Warburton- He is a great successor to Tim. He makes the role distinct, even if you can hear a bit of Joe Swanson.
3. Patrick Fraley- He does a good impression of Buzz's voice in the games, but it lacks some of Buzz's traits.
4. Mike MacRae- He sounds like Tim's Buzz, but it's a bit deep sometimes.
said at 4:59 AM on Tue Feb 7 2017
1. Tim
2. Mike
3. Patrick Fraley
4. Patrick Warburton
said at 2:10 AM on Sat Jan 28 2017
 2 Shout Outs!
Tim Allen's take on Buzz is pretty much a classic, not much to say, he can be pretty entertainingly focused yet also comedic at times as well.

In terms of impressions, Mike MacRae's is closest to Tim Allen's, while Patrick Warburton makes the role of Buzz his own.

Patrick Fraley is more or less just "there" in this case: sounds a bit too old & flat, although he sounds alright.
said at 1:14 PM on Wed Aug 10 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
Mike MacRae does a great impression of Tim Allen for the Disneyland Kinect game. So he's my second vote. Tim is my first.
said at 9:09 AM on Mon Jun 27 2016
 1 Shout Out!
1. Tim Allen
2. Mike MacRae
3. Patrick Warburton
4. Patrick Fraley
said at 7:31 AM on Sat May 7 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Tim is the obvious winner here, although Mike and the two Patricks all do a good job filling in (although I think Patrick Fraley sounds better in things like the Toy Story Treats and the Buzz Lightyear attraction at Walt Disney World).

FUN FACT: Jim Carrey, Chevy Chase, and Billy Crystal were all considered for the role of Buzz. I wonder what that would've been like.
said at 3:05 PM on Sat Aug 20 2016
@Michaelsar You can look it up on youtube if you like. Here is a link of some early test footage that Pixar made with Crystal's voice as Buzz Lightyear. The voice footage was taken from the film "When Harry Met Sally".
said at 3:32 PM on Sat Feb 20 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
Tim Allen IS Buzz Lightyear! He's perfect at playing both the delusional toy who thinks he's a real person and the second in command and best friend to Woody. He really makes Buzz the endearing character he is.

Mike MacRae I'm surprised does a really great impression of Tim Allen....yeah who would have imagined Gauron from Full Metal Panic! also does Buzz Lightyear, that is as far removed and different of two roles as you can get.

Patrick Fraley is an OK voice match for Tim Allen as Buzz, not much else to say, I just think Mike does a better job.

Patrick Warburton is very impressive with his take on Buzz, the Buzz from the Star Command cartoon who is a far different character than the one from The Toy Story movies. Patrick despite having a very recognizable voice, really manages to get into this role and make Buzz his very own character. He's just as fitting as Tim Allen is despite how different the two approach this role.

In the end, I'm giving my vote to Tim however Patrick Warburton is a very close second.
said at 5:54 PM on Sun Jan 24 2016
Tim Allen's my favorite, but Patrick Warburton is great in his own right. Mike McRae and Patrick Fraley (moreso the former) are okay impersonators of Allen.
said at 8:04 PM on Fri Dec 18 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Everyone did well except for Patrick Fraley here, who sounds off, but I have a soft spot for Tim Allen, so he gets my vote.
said at 7:56 PM on Tue Sep 15 2015
Mike MacRae doesn't do bad.
said at 6:55 PM on Tue Jun 23 2015
Tim Allen's the original Buzz Lightyear, and I liked him especially in Toy Story 3.

Of the other three, I liked Patrick Warburton the most as Buzz, as he added even more to the character. Of course, Buzz's role in Toy Story and Star Command are slightly different, and I'm glad that it seems he was given more flexibility when voicing the character.
said at 5:57 AM on Mon Mar 30 2015
Tim Allen is easily the best. He's the only one who sounds really natural in the role.

Stanton is great as well but it seems like he's just going for an imitation.

Fraley is decent but he sounds like he's reading for a commercial. It's no surprise he was the voice of Buzz in the merch.

Warburton sounds like every other character he's ever done. Sometimes the character fits perfectly with his voice, but I'm not familiar enough with the TV show to know whether this is the case here.
said at 2:31 PM on Fri Jan 16 2015
1. Tim
2. Stephen
said at 12:32 PM on Wed Jan 7 2015
Tim and Patrick both work in different ways for the role, there is no attempt to imitate Tim on Patrick's part (although I doubt he could seeing as all his voices sound the same).
said at 9:59 PM on Mon Oct 27 2014
 9 Shout Outs!
Garry Chalk as Buzz Lightyear, anyone?
said at 8:13 PM on Tue Dec 23 2014
@Bauglir100 Yes That Would Be A Good Choice!
said at 11:27 AM on Sun Sep 28 2014
 1 Shout Out!
Tim Allen made this role, and Stephen is a spot-on impression... but I have to go with Patrick Warburton.

Major props to taking Buzz in his own direction, not to mention his voice just carries that hilarious and endearing tough guy charm that he's known for.
said at 9:16 PM on Fri Apr 25 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
1 Patrick
2 Tim
3 Steve
4 Pat
said at 3:23 AM on Thu Dec 26 2013
Tim Allen is just too classic to pass up for me, and he still has it if Toy Story 3 and the Halloween Special are anything to go by!

Stephen is surprisingly good, but doesn't have the same charm as Tim's Buzz does.

Patrick is excellent: it's like Tim, but different enough to make the character is own.

Patrick Fraley is easily the weakest of the group: he's too deep and forced in the role.
said at 4:43 PM on Sun Jul 31 2016
@Savate It was fixed, it wasn't actually Stephen that did Buzz in the video games. It was actually Mike MacRae.
said at 4:43 PM on Sun Jul 31 2016
@Savate Stephen only voiced Buzz in Mad.
said at 1:45 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Tim Allen IS Buzz, Stephen does a really good imitation, and Patrick Warburton is surprisingly good at making Buzz his own. Patrick Fraley is the only one that's WAY off.
said at 2:49 PM on Wed Sep 25 2013
Mainly I prefer Tim Allen. He makes the best Buzz Lightyear ever. Still I wonder, if he did the hour long special in the Buzz Lightyear series, why didn't Tim Allen remain for it? Isn't Buzz Lightyear his favorite character that he played as?
said at 12:11 PM on Mon Nov 11 2013
@Legacyman Read the description. According to that, it was scheduling and money. Still a shame though even if Patrick was good and the best replacement.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:20 PM on Tue Sep 24 2013
Stephen's impression was okay, didn't sound exactly like Tim but he was decent. I do like the way he gasped and he got Tim's delivery rather well.

Patrick was rather meh, he sounds more like Captain Kirk then Tim more so torward the end.
Also "Can you glow in th dark o-0"
said at 9:05 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Pat is good for filling in for Tim for something like small like what he was in here. Most kids probably couldn't tell the difference but Steve is the better voice.
said at 8:05 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
Tim is best, but Stephan is the best replacement. Although I really liked Patrick watching the show growing up. Pat is nothing special.
said at 7:14 AM on Wed Sep 25 2013
@VctrBnsn To make this a bit clearer, I liked Patrick Warburton growing up, but Patrick Fraley was nothing special.
said at 7:46 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
If he wasn't Warp, I could easily imagine Diedrich Bader as Buzz.
said at 9:02 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I was thinking that too but I changed it to Billy West using his Zapp Brannigan.
said at 1:30 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
Tim as it's his creation though Patrick did not bad.

Pat Fraley does him in some games but it's mostly Tim.

Stephen Stanton does PS3 & Xbox 360 versions of Toy Story 3 the game.
said at 11:52 PM on Sun Jul 21 2013
Both are good, but I'm gonna go with Tim Allen.
said at 9:42 PM on Tue May 21 2013
 1 Shout Out!
Tim Allen, hands down.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:11 AM on Sun Dec 30 2012
 4 Shout Outs!
I dunno, Patrick seems more fun in the role. Maybe it's his delivery but he makes me laugh more but h still works for the serious moments
said at 12:00 PM on Sat Dec 29 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
Tim is perfect for the CGI
Patrick is perfect for the cartoon
I love how Patrick said "I am not getting a nose ring, nobody is getting a nose ring it's against the rules!"
Cracked me up
said at 9:58 PM on Thu Jul 26 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
This is one of the very few instances in which I actually LIKE celebrity voice-over talent! Tim Allen wins this one, even if it's just because he's the original, but Warburton does quite an impression, I'll say.
Sarge Ray
said at 11:30 AM on Wed Jun 13 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Tim Allen. Not even close.
said at 9:43 PM on Tue Dec 4 2012
@Sarge Ray You mean Warburton's not even close or Allen's not even close?
said at 11:31 AM on Fri May 18 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
Both are good but Allen gets my vote. Warburton does come pretty close to matching him though.
said at 2:55 PM on Mon May 14 2012
 1 Shout Out!
This is so hard. I grew up with Patrick on 'Star command', I watched it a lot as a kid. But I also grew up with Toy Story too...which makes this hard. I like them both.
said at 4:51 PM on Tue Apr 3 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Tim Allen - You can't pass him up
2. Patrick Warburton - Umm too low-sounding ans Kronk-ish not to mention brutish
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:56 PM on Fri Jun 18 2010
 3 Shout Outs!
Tim Allen! I grew up with his voice as Buzz, and I actually didn't know he was replaced in the show until a few years later (maybe 2003-ish).

Also, Buzz was actually voiced by Tim Allen in the direct-to-video Buzz Lightyear of Star Command movie, but when the episodes were aired as part of the show, Warburton redubbed them.
said at 2:02 PM on Wed Jun 16 2010
 3 Shout Outs!
There is one way Allen brought Buzz to life:

Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:41 AM on Wed Jun 16 2010
if anyone can point to an episode of Star Command where Buzz says "To infinity and beyond", I'll update Warburton's clip
said at 9:03 AM on Fri Aug 19 2011
@Foxwolf Tag team.
said at 7:33 AM on Thu Aug 25 2011
@Foxwolf Or you can also upload the sound clip of "the lightyear factor" when evil buzz says"Buzz Lightyear,spreading evil to infinity and beyond!"So,if you want to do that, the episode of Star Command is called the the lightyear factor".
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Tim Allen
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