Pixar's 'Onward' director hopes film can bring 'some joy' during coronavirus lockdown

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Pixar's Onward director hopes film can bring 'some joy' during coronavirus lockdown

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27.3.2020

Pixar 's Onward director hopes film can bring 'some joy' during coronavirus lockdown

Fate had not been kind to Pixar 's Onward. Monsters Inc. director Dan Scanlon developed the film over several years with a story inspired by his…

, Onward envisions a fantastical world of elves, manticores, and centaurs that has embraced the trappings of modernity. But underneath the delightful sights of a pixie motorcycle gang and unicorns becoming the new neighborhood pests is a story rooted in reality. Scanlon lost his father as a child, before he was even old enough to remember him. In Onward , brothers Ian (Holland) and Barley (Pratt) are given an opportunity the director could never have: A wizard's staff gifted posthumously to his sons on Ian's 16th birthday allows them to cast a spell that will resurrect their dad for 24 hours. But the spell backfires and conjures only their dad's bottom half — that is, a pair of legs with a glowing blue patch above the waist. And so the brothers embark on a quest to assemble the necessary materials to complete the enchantment. Onward was only in U.S. theaters for a couple weeks before the coronavirus situation seemed to pause life itself. "Luckily, the folks that did see it in theaters are very vocal about the experience that they had," Scanlon says. "To me, it's just been so wonderful that at least the people seeing it at home are having a similar experience, because it is a film about appreciating the family that you have and the people that you have and making the best of what you have. It's been great hearing that this has been helpful." Onward Read more: Entertainment Weekly

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