With theatres closing and much of the world’s population on lockdown in the fight against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, feature films already in release are facing a drubbing at the box office. In a bid to get their latest animated feature, Onward, in front of audiences now mostly confined to their homes, Walt Disney Studios announced today that the new Pixar film will be available ahead of schedule to buy digitally and on Movies Anywhere beginning today at 5:00PM PST/ 8:00PM EST for $19.99, and will hit Disney+ in the U.S. on April 3.
The film premiered in theaters on March 6 and earned rave reviews from audiences, including a 95% Verified Audience Score on RottenTomatoes.
“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” said Dan Scanlon, the film’s director, and Kori Rae, its producer.
Set in a suburban fantasy world where magic has long been forgotten, the film tells the story of Ian, a teenage elf who lost his father before he was born, and his rowdy older brother Barley, who get the opportunity to magically conjure up their dad using a wizard’s staff their father left as a gift for Ian’s 16th birthday . However, when the spell doesn’t go exactly as planned and they wind up producing only their father’s legs, it launches them on a quest that will test their relationship as they search for a way to complete their familial mission. With the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Onward features Pixar’s trademark combination of humor, adventure, and heart in a story about whether magic still exists in the world.
Source: Walt Disney Studios
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.