NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Last Man Standing star and Home Improvement alum Tim Allen says he can't wait to reprise his vocal role of the animated space ranger Buzz Lightyear in a fourth Toy Story movie, which is scheduled for release in 2018.
"I'm so looking forward to it. The best thing out of it is that I've developed quite a good relationship with Hanks," Allen told UPI in a recent phone interview.
"He and I have very similar sensibilities about so many things. If nothing else about Toy Story, I get to be buddies with Tom like Woody and Buzz. And I'm always amazed at kids [and their reaction to Toy Story.] I grew up on Mickey Mouse and Walter Lantz and Woody Woodpecker and Mel Blanc doing all these voices and now I'm one of the voices of an icon," he said. "I'm proud to be part of it. I'm very possessive about it."
So, what can he reveal about the plot-line for his next cartoon adventure?
"They won't tell me! Just bits and pieces!" Allen insisted. "It's better that you ask Pixar. Or Tom doesn't seem to have any compunction; he'll say anything. All I know is it's a romance. That's all I know."
At the time of the interview, Allen said he hadn't seen the viral-video "Pixar-Off" Hanks participated in with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, in which they voiced their respective, animated, Pixar universe characters Woody and Dory.
"Now I'm going to call Tom and go, 'What the hell's the matter with me?'" Allen joked about not being invited to the party.
Allen's sitcom Last Man Standing -- now in its sixth season -- airs Friday nights on ABC.