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Onward – An emotional animation from Pixar – 6/10


Onward, the latest animation by Pixar, is efficiently carried out, unfeigned and convincing as an invigorating ‘quest’, that tends to be slightly heavier on the emotional quotient. In comparison to some of Pixar’s classics, ‘Onward’ does fall a little short and can be categorized with their second-tier movies. This movie is set in a world where magic has become enfeeble, due to the laziness and complacency of the people in this world. This world has turned magical beings such as unicorns into garbage eating vermin, and majestic beings such as centaurs into fat beings that are dependent on four wheels to take them around rather than their own strong four legs. ‘Onward’ does have the same vibe and feel to it as many other Pixar movies before it. It is an adept mixture of familiarity and imagination and whimsy.


The color palette of this animation is heavily reliant on the color purple, which after a while does take its toll on the audience. The story of this animation is commonsensical and based upon a private family matter. “Onward’ scrutinizes the tattered relationship between two brothers. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt give voice to the two brothers who are on a ‘quest to bring their father back to life, just to say to spend a couple of moments with him, in this fantasy world.

A Scene From 2020 Onward Movie
A Scene From 2020 Onward Movie

A magical gift left behind for the younger son’s 16th birthday, gives the two brothers a chance to bring their father back from the dead for just one day. However, the boys end up messing up the spell on their first try which leaves them with only the bottom half of their dad. Determined to make things right and just get a few moments with their father, both the boys head out to correct the spell.


‘Onward’, displays several elements, which have been seen before in many Pixar movies, such as; an adventure, finding an afresh respect from a previously hostile relationship. These vital elements have been part of several Pixar films, which are not just their classics. ‘Onward’ is very similar to “Inside Out” which also is about negotiating a bump in the road of childhood. With that being said, ‘Inside Out’ was unimaginably creative, ‘Onward’ tends to feel a little unoriginal.


The World of Movies Rating of Onward Movie – 6/10


I have chosen to give ‘Onward’ a 6 out of 10 because, while the movie has a very strong emotional quotient, it is heavily reliant on slapstick humor. However, the sincere and genuine emotional impact of the film helps pull its weight. The fragile relationship between two brothers and their anger, frustration and heartache at the loss of their father is evoked extremely beautifully and delicately.


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Movie Title: Onward

Directed by: Dan Scanlon

Written by: Dan Scanlon

Main Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer and Mel Rodriguez

Year of Release: 2020

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Country of Origin: USA

Languages: English and German

Running time: 108 Minutes

Production Company: Disney

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures


Reviewed by: Rahul Khater

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