Onward is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film produced by Pixar and set to be released on March 6, 2020.[1] The film will be directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae and Pete Docter. It will be Pixar's 22nd feature film.


The film takes place in a universe where humans do not exist, therefore the world is instead populated by mythical creatures, including elves, gnomes, goblins, manticores, and unicorns. In the beginning, they used magic as their resource. But since it was rather difficult to master, the world found a simpler way to live and abandoned the art. In the present day, brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot are bestowed a wizard staff from their deceased father on Ian's 16th birthday, where a spell can bring their father back to life for 24 hours. But when the brothers lose control over the staff when summoning their father, they only end up bringing the bottom part back of him. With the help of their mother, the fearless manticore restauranteur Corey, and half of their toe-tapping father, the two brothers try to find a little magic left in the world with the twenty-four hours.


  • Tom Holland as Ian Lightfoot, the protagonist of the movie. Ian is a meek and rather awkward 16-year-old boy who longs to see his father again. When bestowed the wizard staff, Ian is thrust into bringing back the rest of their father through their quest, despite not knowing a single thing about magic.
  • Chris Pratt as Barley Lightfoot, the deuteragonist of the movie and the older brother of Ian. Unlike his brother, he is rowdy, loud, and believes in protecting what little is left of the magic in New Mushroomton, which causes him to be an outsider by both his brother and his peers. He is extremely knowledgeable about magic and is Ian's guide to bringing their father back to life.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Laurel Lightfoot, Ian and Barley's quirky and loving mother. She joins up with Corey the Manticore in saving her sons from a curse.
  • Octavia Spencer as Corey the Manticore. The Lightfoot brothers ask her for The Mighty Manticore's tavern, only to find Corey now a tired boss at a family-friendly restaurant. With encouragement from the brothers, she gets her confidence back and supplies them with everything they need . . . except for information about a curse, causing her to join up with Laurel to rescue them.
  • Ali Wong as Gore, a Faun cop[2]
  • Lena Waithe as Specter, a Cyclops cop[3]
  • Mel Rodriguez as Colt Bronco, a Centaur cop, and Laurel's boyfriend, much to the boy's disgust. He disapproves of Barley's antics and labels him as a "screw-up" to his fellow cops. He attempts to escort the brothers home, only to chase after them after Ian drives off with the van.[4]
  • John Ratzenberger as TBA


Onward was first announced at the 2017 D23 Expo as "The Untitled Pixar Film That Takes You Into A Suburban Fantasy World" and was described as a story about two brothers seeking to reconnect with their late father set in a human-free world of elves, sprites, trolls, dragons and "anything else that would be painted on the side of a van in the 1970s", with unicorns being depicted as common pests and dragons are pets.

On December 12, 2018, it was announced that the film will be called "Onward" and will also be based on Dan's relationship with his brother. It was announced that Scanlon will co-wrote the screenplay with Zootopia and Moana animator, C.S. Anderson.[5]


International premieres


  • This marks the first time the 2019 MPA logo would appear in the end credits for a feature-length Pixar film.
  • This will be the first Pixar film to be released in March.
    • That makes it the third post-Disney purchase Pixar film not to be released in the summer since Coco in 2017.
    • In addition, this is the first major Disney film to be released on the same month of March, next to the live-action adaptation of Mulan.
  • This will be Pixar's first original film since Coco in 2017.
  • This is the first Pixar film without any participation from John Lasseter (following his departure at the end of 2018), with Pete Docter taking over producing duties.
  • This will be the third time that Pixar releases two major films (both Onward and Soul) in the same year, after 2015's Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and 2017's Cars 3 and Coco.
  • Both Chris Pratt and Tom Holland have roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Pratt played the role of Star-Lord and Holland performed Spider-Man.
  • This marks the second Pixar film to feature Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a voice role, after previously voicing Princess Atta in A Bug's Life in 1998.
  • This is Octavia Spencer's second role for a Disney film after Zootopia, where she previously voiced Mrs. Otterton.

Pizza Realm.

  • This will be the fifth Pixar film not to have humans in it, following A Bug's Life, and the Cars movies, and therefore making it the second one not from the Cars franchise.
  • This is the second time for Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna to compose the music for a Pixar film since The Good Dinosaur in 2015.
  • On the main poster, a sign can be seen reading "Pizza Realm", which is the Pizza Planet restaurant modified to keep in tone with the fantasy theme of the film.


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