Father-Son Story Gets Magical Twist In Animated ‘Onward’

Pixar has made movies about toys, fish, robots in space and cars. Now the hit animation studio is venturing into the world of fathers and sons with “Onward.”

“Onward,” which begins its worldwide roll-out, is the story of elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who on Ian’s 16th birthday is given a magic wand to bring their long-dead father back to life for a day. However, the spell goes wrong and their dad returns only from the waist down, leaving the brothers with a pair of animated trousers without the ability to speak or see, unless they can find another magical object to summon up the remainder of their father.

The director, Dan Scanlon said he based the film on his and his brother’s desire to get to know their father, who died in a car crash when he was only 1 and his brother was 3 years old. “It’s totally therapy that I can’t believe Pixar paid for,” Scanlon said with a laugh.

“It’s so indicative of Pixar to want to do something so small and real and true. I can’t think of anywhere else where we could have done something like this and been as supported as we were the whole time,” he added.

Voicing the brothers are “Spider-Man” actor Tom Holland and “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt, who plays Scanlon’s older brother.

Source: Peninsula Qatar

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