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How to Watch Lightyear Online on Disney Plus: Stream the Toy Story Movie

Written by Lore Apostol
Last updated August 3, 2022

One of the most beloved characters of the Toy Story movie series got its own installment, and you can now stream it online, and quite easily at that. We have the online release date, cast, plot, and trailer, so let's see when and how to watch Lightyear online from anywhere in the world.

Pixar and Disney's newest film, which was first released in theaters on June 17, serves as a prequel to the franchise's first four "Toy Story" films, which kicked off with the original more than 27 years ago. However, rather than following one of the character's backstories like most prequel films do, Lightyear is the in-universe movie that inspired the creation of Andy's beloved action figure. In a meta move, Pixar has created the fictional film that started it all. Lightyear is the first Pixar movie since “Onward" in 2020 to have a theatrical-only release, opening No. 2 at the box office on its first weekend.

A sci-fi action adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, Lightyear follow the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.

The film features the voices of Chris Evans as accomplished Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, Uzo Aduba as his commander and best friend Alisha Hawthorne, and Peter Sohn as Sox. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, and Dale Soules lend their voices to the Junior Zap Patrol’s Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison, and Darby Steel, respectively, and James Brolin can be heard as the enigmatic Zurg. The voice cast also includes Mary McDonald-Lewis as onboard computer I.V.A.N., Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz, and Keira Hairston as Young Izzy. It is directed by Angus MacLane (co-director of Finding Dory), produced by Galyn Susman (Toy Story That Time Forgot), and features a score by award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (The Batman, Up).

Lightyear will premiere on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, six weeks after its theatrical release, and you will be able to stream the animated movie on the Disney Plus service. New content lands on streaming platforms at midnight PT (3:01 am ET), so the movie will be there in the morning to watch with your kids.

How to Watch Lightyear Online on Disney Plus in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Anywhere Around the World

You can stream Lightyear online using a Disney Plus subscription in several countries around the world, including the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia, and it will only set you back US $7.99 per month (or the US $79.99 per year) / £7.99 per month (or £79.90 per year) / CA $11.99 per month (or CA $119.99 per year) / AU $11.99 per month (or AU $119.99 per year). This title is also IMAX Enhanced, so you will be able to get a great viewing experience at home.

The service expanded to other countries, and you can find the subscription fees here, so fans are able to watch it in more territories startinplatform's2. The platform's library hosts several Star Wars titles and various titles from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and The Simpsons, among others, besides National Geographic content. The Disney Plus platform is compatible with mobile devices and tablets, both iOS and Android, Smart TVs, gaming consoles, and more (you can check the full list here).

If you live in the United States, you have a great deal in the form of the opportunity to bundle up three services for a discounted price besides subscribing to Disney Plus as a standalone service. American customers can go for a bundle that has the Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu platforms and save 25% compared to the monthly cost of subscribing to all three services separately. The Disney Bundle includes Hulu with ads costs $13.99 per month, and the one that has Hulu with no ads is $19.99 per month.

If you're traveling, you should keep in mind that Disney Plus has geo-restrictions in place due to licensing deals, so you may not be able to access some titles in the library or the entire Disney Plus streaming service in some territories.

How to Watch Lightyear Online on Disney Plus for FREE

There are a couple of ways to watch the Lightyear movie on Disney Plus for free, even though a free trial on the Disney Plus platform is not one of them.

We recommend you check a couple of services that have on-and-off deals that include Disney Plus for free to see if the deals become available again when you decide to try the service. We are talking about the fact that Amazon Music Unlimited offers 4 months of Disney Plus free at the moment (hurry, though), and the price starts at $8.99 a month after the trial ends. The second service you should check for free trials is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, where you can sometimes find a 1-month Disney Plus free trial.

Another option is available for Verizon subscribers with select Unlimited plans (or who upgrade to Unlimited), who can take advantage of a very extensive Disney Plus free trial since the company offers 6 months of free Disney Plus for eligible new and existing customers. After the free trial ends, you will be charged the standard price for a standalone Disney Plus subscription on the streaming platform, which is$7.99 per month. Verizon offers The Disney Bundle for Unlimited subscribers as well, but this one does not have a free trial.

Lightyear Official Trailer

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