Onward is a 2020 American computer-animated urban fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. The film is directed by Dan Scanlon, produced by Kori Rae from a screenplay written by Scanlon, Jason Headley and Keith Bunin, and stars the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer.
It is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 6, 2020.
Set in a fantastical world, where the populace once had magic, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, receive a wizard’s staff as a prearranged gift from their father, who died before Ian was born and when Barley was too young to remember him.
The staff came with a spell that will bring him back for only 24 hours, so his sons can meet him. Prompted by Barley, Ian uses the spell, only to end up with just his father’s legs.
This causes the brothers to go on a quest for a way to bring back the rest of their father before the time is up.
On January 27, 2020, a San Francisco tattoo artist named Sweet Cecily Daniher filed a copyright lawsuit against Disney, Pixar, and Onward producer Kori Rae. In September 2018, Pixar rented a van owned by Daniher and decorated with a unicorn-themed mural for use in a one-day festival.
She learned about the production of Onward in May 2019 and, after seeing images of the van used by Ian and Barley Lightfoot in the film, came to believe that Pixar had stolen the design of her van in violation of her rental agreement with the company, and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Visual Artists Rights Act, and California Artists Protection Act.
She also sought in her suit to prohibit distribution of the film and any infringing advertisements or merchandise.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 107 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “It may suffer in comparison to Pixar’s classics, but Onward makes effective use of the studio’s formula — and stands on its own merits as a funny, heartwarming, dazzlingly animated adventure.”
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
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