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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.
Created by Foxwolf on Wed Jun 16 2010, 43 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Music Meister for additional sound clips.
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Toy Story 2 (1999)
Buzz LightyearTim Allen
Tim Allen
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000)
Buzz LightyearPatrick Warburton
Patrick Warburton
Toy Story Animated StoryBook (1998)
Buzz LightyearPatrick Fraley
Patrick Fraley
Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011)
Buzz LightyearStephen Stanton
Stephen Stanton

EDITOR'S OPINION

Tim 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.

Foxwolf

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d123
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.
ILoveTheChompSound
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.
FakeTsuki
said at 2:31 PM on Fri Jan 16 2015
1. Tim
2. Stephen
Bdub13
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).
Bauglir100
said at 9:59 PM on Mon Oct 27 2014
 8 Shout Outs! [?]
Garry Chalk as Buzz Lightyear, anyone?
ArticleTheWasbi
said at 8:13 PM on Tue Dec 23 2014
@Bauglir100 Yes That Would Be A Good Choice!
chaosincarnate
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.
HienFan
said at 9:16 PM on Fri Apr 25 2014
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
1 Patrick
2 Tim
3 Steve
4 Pat
Savate
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:45 PM on Mon Oct 7 2013
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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.
Legacyman
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?
pete
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"
pete
said at 9:05 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
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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.
VctrBnsn
said at 8:05 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
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Tim is best, but Stephan is the best replacement. Although I really liked Patrick watching the show growing up. Pat is nothing special.
VctrBnsn
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.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 7:46 PM on Mon Sep 23 2013
 5 Shout Outs! [?]
If he wasn't Warp, I could easily imagine Diedrich Bader as Buzz.
pete
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.
Ross123
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.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:52 PM on Sun Jul 21 2013
Both are good, but I'm gonna go with Tim Allen.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:42 PM on Tue May 21 2013
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
MatthewC17
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
pokemastanumba1
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.
pete
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?
Porchops
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.
dreamer
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.
MatthewC17
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.
dtemplar
said at 2:02 PM on Wed Jun 16 2010
 3 Shout Outs! [?]
There is one way Allen brought Buzz to life:

MORE POWER!!!!
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
Zummi
said at 9:03 AM on Fri Aug 19 2011
@Foxwolf Tag team.
Zummi
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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