12 March 2003 | SLWatson
Warburton Takes Lightyear to in... oh, I can't do it.
Honestly, Patrick Warburton not only voices Buzz better than Tim Allen, he voices him waaay better.
Now, don't get me wrong. I loved Toy Story and Toy Story 2. But when it comes to the cartoon series, Warburton manages to keep Buzz a tough, good-cop character and still make him (amusingly enough) more three dimensional than Allen did. Instead of the too-good-to-be-true toy that happens to be on Woody's bad side to start, you have a guy with flaws, who doesn't necessarily always have an answer, or even a clue. Add in the genuinely good comedy (especially for a Disney series), along with the rest of the voice actors, and you've got something terrific here.
If you judge the cartoon version of Buzz and the Toy Story version against each other, you've got the wrong idea to start. Try looking at them as seperate characters. You'll likely find that not only do you like Warburton's version, you love him.
As for Nicole Sullivan, voicing Mira, she provides Buzz his perfect counter-balance. A tough, intelligent, witty female who isn't afraid to knock the edge off of his arrogance, but who still is willing to face danger abound to protect him. Now that's one well-done character.
XR's... perfect. If you've seen MST3K, think of a mix between Tom and Crow. Him alone is good reason to watch. And speaking of MST3K, Booster's about the perfect mix between Mike Nelson and TVs Frank... gullible, somewhat neurotic, mildly clingy farmboy.
Watch it. It's worth it.