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Early Digital Release for Onward

Onward

Posted by Joanna • March 20, 2020

In an admirable move on Pixar’s part, Onward is becoming available digitally under a month after its theatrical release. It will be available for purchase in the US this evening on Movies Anywhere.

Given the current circumstances resulting from Covid-19, this is the best case scenario for a whole host of movies that, ideally, audiences would be continuing to enjoy in theatres at the moment. Households all around the world are being encouraged to stay indoors – let’s hope that Onward, and many other movies choosing this direction, will brighten up some days in this uncertain time.

In just two weeks (April 3rd), Onward will also be available on Disney+ in the US.

From all of us at Upcoming Pixar – stay safe, and look after yourselves! Remember that panic and worry spread more easily than empathy and kindness. Let’s all take things a day at a time. If any of you want someone to talk to, hop over to our Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr page and one of us will gladly chat about Pixar movies with you!

Posted today by Onward story artist Austin Madison.

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Pixar’s Soul – New Poster, New Trailer!

Poster, Soul

Posted by Joanna • March 11, 2020

Soul is officially just 100 days away from release, and to celebrate this, a new poster has been revealed and a new trailer is dropping tomorrow (March 12th). Take a look at the new poster below:

We still know very little about Soul – it follows jazz musician Joe Gardner on his journey into the afterlife. The plot could go anywhere from there. This poster has confirmed something incredibly important though – there’s going to be a cat. We’ll be sure to keep you all updated with any new cat information that reveals itself in the next 100 days before June 19th (as well as any other Soul details in general of course).

A new Soul trailer is coming tomorrow! Check back soon to hear our thoughts.

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Onward And Upward! Pixar’s Onward Marks A Glowing Start To The 2020s

Onward, Review

Posted by Joanna • March 5, 2020

It feels fitting that Onward is Pixar’s first movie of the decade. It is Pixar’s first ‘original movie’ (a phrase which I have some contention with to be honest since I feel all of Pixar’s sequels are wonderfully original) since 2017. It is beautiful and bittersweet, and it shines a glowing staff upon Pixar’s bright and exciting future as we enter a new era for the studio.

It’s well-known that many of Pixar’s movies take inspiration from the filmmakers’ own personal experiences, but the story of Onward feels like the most personal one yet. Director Dan Scanlon lost his dad when he was just a year old, and this true-to-life concept of growing up without a dad, and with no memories of even having one, is thoughtfully and tenderly explored throughout the movie. The plot is simple, leaving room for the movie’s relationships and its deeply moving message.

Brothers Ian and Barley live in a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar. Onward is a modern fantasy, and it takes that genre title very seriously. Wherever there’s an opportunity, Onward plays with this mixture of modern and fantastical – you can see this in the satisfyingly clashing settings, the character designs, and you can even hear it in the music. The soundtrack can go from Lord of the Rings vibes to dance party in a heartbeat, and that weird juxtaposition feels so good.

The plot may be simple, but that’s not to say that it’s “been done before”: Two brothers set out on a quest together to spend an extra 24 hours with their deceased dad. But get this – the dad’s pre-arranged magical spell didn’t quite work and he is just a pair of legs.

…It’s really fun explaining the plot of Onward to people who haven’t come across it yet (luckily I don’t think that’ll be a problem for much longer).

Death and grief are heavy subjects, but Onward talks about them anyway. Ian and Barley (and Scanlon’s family) never had the choice to shy away from these topics – they were rooted right in the centre of their lives. Onward talks about the difficulties that come from family loss, but also about how people adapt, and how life keeps going. This serious premise may be a large part of the movie’s heart, but as we follow the brothers on their quest, we also see a great cast of characters, brilliant voice acting, stunning animation (the way they got a pair of legs to have so much character is amazing), lighting, and settings, and an impressive number of well-thought-out fantasy references. My personal favourite is the gelatinous cube – the first mention of it brought back memories of fighting a bizarre gelatinous cube boss in Final Fantasy X on the PS2. Fantasy tropes are weird and wonderful. And, unsurprisingly, so is Onward!

Onward officially releases tomorrow (March 6th). I saw it on February 29th – special sneak previews were available across the globe on Leap Day to encourage people to spend that extra 24 hours with a loved one. You don’t need it to be Leap Day to do that though.

Onward’s jokes and gags will make you laugh, its characters will immediately find a place in your heart, and its ending – it’ll stay with you indefinitely.

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New Featurette Marks Onward’s One-Month-To-Go Milestone

Dan Scanlon, Onward

Posted by Joanna • February 8, 2020

With Onward’s release date being March 6th, we’re now very much in the countdown stage. (Although honestly, we’ve kind of been counting down since the release date was first solidified). To celebrate the one-month-to-go milestone, Pixar have released a little ‘featurette’, which includes some input from Ian and Barley’s voice actors Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, their mom Laurel’s voice actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and manticore Corey’s voice actor Octavia Spencer. And director Dan Scanlon of course.

Things that we’re loving from this featurette (aside from the lovely comments from the director and voice actors):

1. That this foot-tap sign of affection is going to be a whole thing in Onward. 

2. The scenery! We can’t wait to see how fantasy shows itself in these big cities.

3. This digital clock that also has old-timey fantastical font for the numbers. All these contrasting modern fantasy features are genius.

4. This beautiful hug between two brothers.

Onward explores a relationship between two brothers that have been processing the death of their dad from a very early point in their lives. This is such a meaningful story because it’s inspired by director Dan Scanlon’s own experience growing up having lost his dad at just one year old. Let’s hope it helps bring families together all over the world when it’s released next month! It’s so touching that this was Dan’s brother’s reaction to seeing it:

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Toy Story 4 Short ‘Lamp Life’ Coming To Disney+

Disney+, Shorts, Toy Story 4

Posted by Joanna • January 22, 2020

It feels like Disney+ is slowly but surely filling up with Pixar shorts, and we couldn’t be happier. Between the pioneering SparkShorts (you can read our review of the latest SparkShort – Loop – here), the classic shorts that premiered before Pixar’s feature films, Pixar Toons, and originals like Forky Asks a Question, Disney+ is accumulating quite the collection.

A new Disney+ exclusive Toy Story 4 short has just been revealed, and it’s going to be released in just over a week on January 31st. The new short is Lamp Life, and it’ll give us an idea of how Bo Peep lived her life as a lamp between leaving Woody and becoming a lost toy.

We’re still a little blown away by Bo’s incredible comeback, so it’s exciting that we’ll get to see more of her personality shining through, even if only for a brief short.

There are some Mater’s Tall Tales vibes happening too. It’s great to get to see a snippet of a character’s life that didn’t quite fit into a feature length movie, even if some of the snippets may or may not be entirely true.

“That all happened?!”

“Well…more or less.”

Here’s to January 31st!

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Onward – More Posters Revealed

Onward, Poster

Posted by Joanna • January 16, 2020

Believe it or not, we are now a mere 50 days away from the release of Pixar’s next movie, and first of the decadeOnward.

Today, new character posters were revealed, including the one we were all waiting for: the Dad poster! Or the ‘weird, detached legs’ poster.

Just legs, and yet so much personality.

In addition to these, there are also some new UK Onward posters, featuring familiar characters but with different backdrops, and some new poses. The Ian and Barley poster is just precious – let’s just wait and see if Ian actually puts up with his big brother so patiently when the film is released.

In the background of Ian and Barley’s mom’s poster, you can just make out the sign for ‘Pizza Realm’, a clever reference to Toy Story’s Pizza Planet! Now that we’re into the final countdown to the movie’s release, keep checking back for more updates and insights into the making of Onward. We can’t wait to share more with you!

 

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A Breakdown of Toy Story 4’s Award Nominations

Academy Awards, Annie Awards, Awards, Toy Story 4

Posted by Joanna • January 8, 2020

Toy Story 4 has been picking up nominations from all over the place this awards season, as is often the case for Pixar movies. It can get a little difficult to keep track of them all and work out when we’ll find out the results for each of the awards ceremonies. With Toy Story 4 recently gaining a couple more nominations this past week, we’ve compiled a list of the more notable nominations plus when the winners will be announced.

Let’s start with the most recent nominations:

BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts): ceremony date February 2nd

Best Animated Film
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
Klaus
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

VES (Visual Effects Society): ceremony date January 29th

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
Klaus
Missing Link
The Lego Movie 2
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4 (Bo Peep)
Frozen 2 (The Water Nøkk)
Klaus (Jesper)
Missing Link (Susan)
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4 (Antiques Mall)
Frozen 2 (Giants’ Gorge)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (The Hidden World)
Missing Link (Passage to India Jungle)
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Toy Story 4
Abominable
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project
Toy Story 4
Alita: Battle Angel
The Lion King
The Mandalorian

And now onto nominations that were revealed last year. Missing Link won Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globe Awards, but we’re sure the whole Toy Story 4 team are beyond pleased with their nomination against such strong contenders.

Annie Awards: ceremony date January 25th

Best Feature
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Klaus
Missing Link
Best FX For Feature
Toy Story 4
Abominable
Frozen 2
Missing Link
Weathering With You
Best Music – Feature
Toy Story 4
AWAY
Frozen 2
I Lost My Body
Spies in Disguise
Best Voice Acting – Feature
Toy Story 4 (Tony Hale – go, Forky!)
Abominable
Frozen 2
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Best Writing – Feature
Toy Story 4
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Weathering With You
Best Editorial – Feature
Toy Story 4
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Klaus
Missing Link
The Secret Life of Pets 2

Academy Awards (SHORTLISTS): ceremony date February 9th

The nominations haven’t been revealed yet, but Toy Story 4 has been shortlisted for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away by Randy Newman).

Critics’ Choice Awards: ceremony date January 12th

Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 4
Abominable
Frozen 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link

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Pixar Appears Twice In Oscars Shortlists

Awards, Oscars, Shorts, SparkShorts

Posted by Joanna • December 17, 2019

The 2020 Oscars shortlists have been revealed for 9 categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. Pixar appears in the shortlists twice, and we couldn’t be more happy and hopeful for the teams involved.

Randy Newman’s “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4 has been shortlisted for Best Music (Original Song). Newman’s music always evokes such a strong sense of nostalgia in me, partly because it brings me back to watching Pixar movies on VHS tapes, but also because the lyrics are always so thoughtful.

The wonderful Sparkshort Kitbull, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, has also been shortlisted for Best Animated Short Film. It’s great to see one of the Sparkshorts gaining attention in the awards season, especially with them missing out at the Annie Awards nominations. Out of all the Sparkshorts that Pixar released on YouTube, Kitbull currently has the most views, and holds the record for the most tears I have shed while watching an animated cat.

Good luck to all those that have been shortlisted! As ever, we’re intrigued to see how the awards season plays out.

So far this season, Toy Story 4 has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes, and at the Annie Awards it gained 6 nominations: Best Feature, Best FX (Alexis Angelidis, Amit Ganapati Baadkar, Greg Gladstone, Kylie Wijsmuller and Matthew Kiyoshi Wong), Best Music (Randy Newman), Best Voice Acting (Tony Hale as Forky), Best Writing (Stephany Folsom and Andrew Stanton), and Best Editorial (Axel Geddes, Torbin Xan Bullock and Greg Snyder).

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New Onward Character Posters, New Cast Revealed, New Trailer!

Onward

Posted by Joanna • December 16, 2019

A new Onward trailer is arriving tomorrow, and to tide us over, Pixar have provided us with some character posters and new cast reveals.

Check out the new posters below:

Most of these characters are familiar to us at this point, but the police officers seem new: Gore, Specter, and a centaur cop whose name is unknown, but that thumbs up tells us he’s a friendly guy. These characters will be voiced by Ali Wong, Lena Waithe, and Mel Rodriguez respectively.

Update: the unnamed centaur cop is Colt Bronco. (Somebody at Pixar is a football fan).

We’re still holding out hope for a character poster featuring just Dad’s legs, but we’ll have to wait and see.

March 6th! Suddenly it doesn’t seem so far away.

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The New Onward International Trailer Is The Most Magical Yet

Onward, Trailer

Posted by Joanna • November 26, 2019

A new Onward trailer has arrived, and as with most international trailers, a little bit more plot has been revealed. Watch the new trailer below.

The trailer opens with Ian listening to a cassette tape of his dad. He fleshes out the world for the audience, and touches Ian’s heart with his final words: “I hope there’s a little magic left…in you.”

The whole setting of Onward is steeped in nostalgia, even for those of us who didn’t grow up with cassette players. This might be the most touching scene we’ve seen so far. Maybe it’ll even rank in the most touching scenes of the whole movie – it’ll be hard to beat ‘son listening to his departed dad’s words of comfort and advice in a warmly lit room’.

Onward will in theatres on March 6th – a mere 3 and a half months away! Enjoy some more beautiful stills from the new trailer to help tide you over below.

The lighting here is gorgeous!

Dungeons and Dragons vibes, anyone?

Pixar have totally nailed those cosy interiors.

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