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Friday, 3 March, 2000, 11:43 GMT
Buzz heads for small screen
Buzz Lightyear and his Toy Story pals
To infinity and beyond: Buzz Lightyear and his pals
Toy Story superhero Buzz Lightyear is to star in his own TV series, Walt Disney and its partner Pixar Animation Studios have announced.

The character, whose catchphrase is "To Infinity... and Beyond" will feature in 65 TV episodes which are expected to start screening on US TV from this autumn.

Tim Allen, who voiced Buzz in the two Toy Story blockbusters, will be replaced by Patrick Warburton of TV's Seinfield on the small screen.

Third Rock's Wayne Knight, who provided the voice of evil toy collector Al McWhiggin in Toy Story 2, will voice Buzz's arch enemy Emperor Zurg.

On patrol

The series features Buzz's adventures as he patrols the universe with an army of Space Rangers.

Toy Story character Woody
Absent: Woody won't be in the series
Buzz is the only major Toy Story character to make the jump to the small screen - there will be no Woody, Jessie, Mr Potato Head or Slinky Dog.

Pixar will produce the cartoon's opening sequence in computer animation, but the series itself has been animated by Disney in traditional 2D, according to US entertainment newspaper, Variety.

"The success of the Toy Story movies and the fan base surrounding the characters made Buzz Lightyear an obvious choice as the heroic lead for a comedy-adventure TV series," said spokeswoman Janice Marinelli.

Toy Story 2, which features the voice of Tom Hanks as Woody, has become the second biggest grossing animated film of all time. Disney's other 1990s blockbuster, The Lion King, still tops the list.

In North America alone Toy Story 2 has made more than $240m (150m) since its release last November, while the original Toy Story film, made in 1995, raked in more than $190m (119m).

Toy Story 2 won this year's Golden Globe for best comedy or musical film and has also been nominated for best original song at this month's Oscars.

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