Pixar Animation Studios has been on a hot streak with its sequels as of late. Four of the studio’s last five films have been follow-ups to successful stories, and audiences have shown plenty of support for FINDING DORY, INCREDIBLES 2 and the most recent smash hit, TOY STORY 4.
But Pixar also shines when it branches off into original territory, as it plans to do with the upcoming release ONWARD. The studio presented a ton of information on ONWARD during the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and AMC was there to learn all about the latest animated Pixar adventure.
Here’s everything you need to know about Pixar’s ONWARD.
Onward’s Release Date
For the first time since 2017, Pixar plans to release two movies in 2020, and ONWARD will be the first. The studio has circled March 6, 2020, as the release date for ONWARD. Right now, that means that it will compete with Paramount’s post-apocalyptic adventure MONSTER PROBLEMS, as well as Ben Affleck’s drama THE WAY BACK for Warner Bros. The competition doesn’t slow down either. GODZILLA VS. KONG is due in theatres on March 13.
Is There a Trailer for Onward?
There is! Animated films obviously take a long time to produce, but that means they often have some footage to share when they are early on in the process. ONWARD dropped its first trailer on May 30, 2019, and we’re happy to share it with you above.
The Onward Director
Pixar loves dipping into its own director pool of creative talent, listening to pitches from proven storytellers on its own animation campus. ONWARD will follow that path, as MONSTERS UNIVERSITY director Dan Scanlon will helm the new adventure story from a screenplay he co-wrote with C.S. Anderson. Scanlon was a story artist on the original CARS and TOY STORY 3 before he graduated to direct feature films with the MONSTERS, INC. prequel movie in 2013.
What Is Onward About?
Essentially a buddy-adventure movie, ONWARD follows two brothers — Ian and Barley Lightfoot — who are elves from a magical world that’s populated by trolls, mermaids, goblins, gnomes and other wild creatures. Only, in this former fantasy land, reality has been dumbed down by the constant use of technological devices, from smartphones to cars. The brothers set off on a quest to prove to themselves that magic still exists in the world, and along the way, they hope to figure out how to spend one more day with their father, who died when the boys were way too young.
Who’s in the Onward Voice Cast?
There are four main actors lending their voices to key characters in Dan Scanlon’s ONWARD.
The brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, will be voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, respectively. It’s fun and interesting that both actors are from the Marvel Universe, and they played off of each other in certain scenes in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Will that same chemistry translate to the voice booth on an animated movie?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes her triumphant return to Pixar to voice Laurel Lightfoot, the boys' mom. Seasoned Pixar fans will know that the “Veep” star voiced Princess Atta in the studio’s second feature film, A BUG’S LIFE.
The only other credited voice actor for ONWARD at the moment is Octavia Spencer, though we have no details on her character. Considering the amount of story to be told in ONWARD, we’re willing to bet several more characters and actors will be revealed in time.
We’ll have a lot more information about ONWARD as the film gets closer to release — come back to the AMC Scene for more news!