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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.
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.
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.
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.