Lightyear: Easter Eggs and Classic Sci-Fi Movie References

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

But if we’re speaking about robotic pets, we can not ignore the precise robotic animal that clearly impressed SOX: Muffit II. In the unique, kitschy Battlestar Galactica, which is way campier than its 2000s reboot, Muffit II is a robotic canine supposed to exchange the lack of a beloved pet. A important character misplaced their canine Mufit to falling particles, so their physician items the above creature as a type of remedy (and a strategy to create a cute toyetic sidekick).

Spock and Kirk in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

There are additionally loads of science fiction movies that play with the concept of lassoing the solar and tying that into time journey, however none are so vivid and beloved because the 1986 Star Trek movie about saving the whales. While in Lightyear, Buzz’s makes an attempt to lasso the solar end in time journey in the wrong way—he’s shifting so quick that point passes slower for him than for many who stay planet-side—the nostalgia for an additional crew making an attempt to avoid wasting the day by looping round a star comes by means of.

Jessica Chastain in Interstellar


Still, the prospect of the principle character staying comparatively the identical age whereas all of the folks they left behind age years or a long time seems to be drawing upon a much more latest science fiction movie: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. In that film Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and a number of other different actors painting astronauts who journey by means of a wormhole to avoid wasting Earth. But on the opposite aspect of that wormhole is a large blackhole whose gravitational pull tremendously distorts gravity (and thereby time), inflicting extreme time dilation of the variability seen in Lightyear.

Thus one of the memorable scenes in Interstellar is, after being trapped on a planet close to the black gap for an hour, McConaughey’s Cooper discovers 22 years on Earth have handed him by, and he has a backlog of movies the place he can see his younger youngsters develop into bitter thirtysomethings who’ve careers, and in a single case, youngsters of their very own. And each grownup youngsters have now given up hope on their father ever coming residence.

Lightyear extra gently riffs on this when Buzz discovers his greatest buddy Alisha has handed away after watching her age progressively day-to-day, or yr by yr in her case. Eventually, Buzz winds up working with Alisha’s granddaughter, simply as McConaughey’s Coop at some point meets his personal little one on her deathbed as an outdated lady surrounded by youngsters and grandchildren of her personal. 

2001 and Lightyear Comparisons

2001: A Space Odyssey

The earliest movie on this checklist, Kubrick’s 1968 traditional 2001 includes a robotic named HAL, whose one creepy eye glows with purple gentle. The eye turns into progressively extra malevolent because the story progresses, and HAL plots the dying of astronaut David Bowman. Lightyear borrows a few of that eerie issue within the eyes of its villainous robots and synthetic intelligence.



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