It isn’t quite the all-conquering smash hit that Pixar is known for, but it’s a lot of fun and has some surprising turns. One of the finest features of any Pixar film is a good voice cast, with Lightyear having Chris Evans in the lead role, James Brolin as Emperor Zerg, and – best of all – Taika Waititi as green colonial defense recruit Mo Morrison.
He’s primarily known as a filmmaker, with Thor: Love and Thunder , the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps his most anticipated film on the summer blockbuster schedule. But he’s built up an entertaining voice-acting portfolio over the years, including Korg in the MCU and appearing in Rick and Morty , The Mandalorian.
It appears that Waititi finds inspiration from Pixar’s polished storytelling technique, as he told Collider in an interview that he draws inspiration from them:
“I would say the thing about Pixar that I’ve always been inspired by and come back to a lot, and also ripped off a lot when I’m trying to write stuff, is that their screenplays, structurally, are perfect. They get it right every time. It’s economical, emotional, and I’m trying to think of another E-word because I just realized that would be three E-words.”
Waititi’s future appears to be very bright at the moment. He’ll next star in Next Goal Wins (which was extensively reshot after they recast Armie Hammer’s role due to the whole cannibalism thing), then he’ll helm the long-awaited live-action adaptation of Akira before finally traveling to a distant galaxy with his highly anticipated Star Wars movie.
On a hillside across the road are an interactive Charlie and the Chocolate Factory show for Netflix, a Flash Gordon film, and an adaptation of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ fantastic sci-fi comic The Incal. On top of all that is the second series of Our Flag Means Death.
It appears that Waititi has a packed timetable for the next decade!