They bill themselves as cool animators – and they are – but they’ve suddenly got really serious, almost like they’re going through a phase.
They used to bring us toys coming to life and lost fish, but now they’re all about dem feels. The profoundly touching narratives – found in the likes of Bao, Inside Out and Coco – that make us question family, culture, life and death, are a far cry from what I was used to growing up.
Or maybe they’ve always been like that, I just haven’t been old enough to appreciate the message. Who knows. You know?
Anyway, Onward is a new film and I’m here to talk about it.
Starring Avengers goodies Star Lord and Spider-Man, aka Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, Onward is set in a somewhat 21st century magical world where garden gnomes, garden (verb) gnomes, mermaids relax in inflatable pools, and trolls have come out from under the bridge to collect tolls.
Tom Holland and Chris Pratt provide the voices for two teenage elf brothers who go on a quest to discover if there is still magic in the world.
Director Dean Scanlon previously described the movie as a “mix of the fantastic and the everyday” with “elves, sprites and pretty much anything that would be on the side of a van in the ’70s”.
Elaborating further, he explained: “At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth. This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”
Producer Kori Rae has also teased that Pratt will bring “equal parts huge heart and fantastic humour to his character”, while Holland “has an infectious charm and sincerity that makes you root for him in every character he plays”.
Check it out:
I mean, honestly, what’s not to love about this?
It’s fun for all the family!
Chris Pratt rates it as well; writing on Instagram alongside the first trailer, he said: “So incredibly proud of this one!
“In true Pixar fashion, ‘Onward’ simultaneously moves and tickles. I cried when I first heard the pitch. It’s so funny and imaginative. Been a fan of Pixar forever. Now I’m in one of their films!
Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and then this in March 2020.
Pixar aren’t letting up anytime soon.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.