Perhaps the more appropriate comparison is James Cameron’s Aliens, which is heavily referenced in Lightyear. Aliens, incidentally, was almost a Saturday Morning Cartoon – and it too spawned a bunch of toys that presumably would have disemboweled Woody and his pals.
So really, Lightyear is harkening back to something it can’t fully embrace as an animated kid’s film; a time when sci-fi blockbusters weren’t sanitized for all audiences. And if we’re to follow the logic of the premise, Andy’s favorite movie probably should have similarly been full of gore, nudity, and other stuff he never ever told his mom about.
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