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Pixar Has Given Fans An Early Tease Of The Thrilling Score For Lightyear

Ever since audiences boldly went to infinity and beyond with the iconic computer-animated character Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) in Pixar's 1995 hit "Toy Story," the bumbling space ranger has carved out his own special niche in films and popular culture as well as launched a virtual galaxy of Buzz-centric merch. Appearing in a total of four "Toy Story" movies through 2019, Buzz also zooms into action in the direct-to-video film "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins" and the animated TV series "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command."

With the summer 2022 movie season beginning to heat things up at the box office, fans of the endearingly incompetent astronaut are eagerly awaiting Buzz's latest big-screen adventure, "Lightyear." The new feature film serves up the epic backstory of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans), the "real" space ranger who inspired the toy action figure, in which he is catapulted into the future and joins forces with a ragtag crew of other characters to confront the enigmatic Zurg and his robot army.

Following the film's second trailer, fans already have an inkling of what's to come in the movie, scheduled to open in theaters only on June 17. And now, we've just been given our first audio insight into the upcoming animated outing.

The newly posted track gives fans their first listen of Lightyear's score

Titled "Mission Perpetual," and composed by Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino, the audio-only clip was uploaded to YouTube by DisneyMusicVEVO, allowing fans to savor just over two minutes and forty seconds of a driving, atmospheric musical sequence from the film.

Quoted in a press release about his work for the "Lightyear" film score, Giacchino says "Mission Perpetual" is one of his favorite tracks from the movie, adding, "It's early on in the film when Buzz is trying to accomplish a mission and keeps failing."

The composer noted that this particular piece of music was a challenge to compose due to the many emotions it needs to elicit in the audience, including "Buzz's frustration with himself and the sadness of being alone in his pursuit, but also his undying ambition and drive to achieve his goal."

Giacchino also revealed that he endured a comparable emotional journey himself as he struggled to strike just the right note with the track: "I went through a similar 'mission' myself to get this cue right, but once I did, it was incredibly rewarding."