Confirmed: Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ Receives Rating

Buzz Lightyear Movie Rating

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has finally given Pixar Animation Studios’ latest feature film, Lightyear, an official rating before being released in theaters.

There has been a lot of talk in the lead-up to the Toy Story franchise spinoff/prequel’s release, and this reporter predicted that it would become Pixar’s first-ever PG-13 feature-length movie. But now this reporter can confirm he was wrong.

On Thursday, May 5, Disney and Pixar shared another poster for Lightyear, and one can clearly see that the PG rating box has been added.

Check it out:

Lightyear Movie Poster

Credit: Disney/Pixar

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Since the release of this writer’s prediction, fans have added their thoughts on the matter, debating amongst themselves, and a majority coming to the conclusion that they were going to buy a ticket regardless of what the rating would be. Lightyear follows Pixar’s Turning Red, a coming-of-age story with a PG rating that was also debated along with the “appropriateness” of its story and content.

Due to the obviously intense moments of peril and the confirmed inclusion of overt LGBTQ+ content, one could have expected Lightyear to get the “Family-Friendly PG-13 Movie” treatment like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Marvel’s Avengers Saga. But it appears that it will not be enough to break the computer animation studio’s streak.

Lightyear Movie Trailer

Credit: Disney/Pixar

Read More: Essay: Disney and the Consequences of ‘Family-Friendly PG-13’ Movies

Pixar’s first PG movie was The Incredibles in 2004. It was not until 2009, when Up was released, that a Pixar title would receive a PG rating. But since Brave was released in 2012, 10 of the last 12 Pixar features have received a PG rating: Inside Out (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Finding Dory (2016), Coco (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), Onward (2020), Soul (2020), Luca (2021), and Turning Red (2022).

Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear will tell the exciting origin story of the iconic Toy Story character voiced by Tim Allen. Captain Buzz Lightyear, the “real” Star Command Space Ranger voiced by Chris Evans (Captain America), will go head-to-head against the Evil Emperor Zurg with a rag-tag team of hopeful misfits. After a test flight accidentally sends him over 60 years into the future, that is.

Sox, Lightyear

Credit: Disney/Pixar

Lightyear arrives exclusively in theaters on June 17th. In the meantime, we at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney movie news as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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