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Onward Deleted Scenes, Insights And – Video Call Backgrounds?!

Dan Scanlon, Onward

Posted by Joanna • April 9, 2020

Pixar have been busy despite the world slowing down. Here’s a quick ‘Woody’s Round-up’ of some things of note that have happened in the last few weeks (which honestly feels like an era).

New Onward deleted scenes

Onward is out on Disney+ in the US now. For those of us that are still waiting for it to release in other countries, I’m afraid the news is quite vague, but Disney+ is working as quickly as they can to try and make it available more internationally. Here is a quote from a Disney+ spokesperson (thanks to Metro):

‘There are operational complexities involved in delivering the movie and making it available across multiple platforms on a global scale. We are happy to be able to offer the movie in the US now, and will continue working to broaden availability as quickly as we can.”

Some deleted scenes were posted in celebration of the Disney+ release.

‘Sirens’: This deleted scene even features a central character that ended up being cut from the movie – Jenny.

‘Partnership’: We find out more about Jenny in this scene. In the end, the focus needed to be more on the brothers and their relationship, and seemingly Jenny just got in the way of that.

‘Training’: This training sequence ended up being incorporated into other scenes in the movie. It’s interesting seeing the staff functioning in a different way here – it using up different ‘elements’ is a fun idea.

‘Unstoppable’: THIS IS THE MOST EMOTIONAL ONE AND I’M NOT SURE I CAN EVEN TALK ABOUT IT IN DEPTH. Please watch it.

Pixar-themed video call backgrounds

With the world being thrust into this weird virtual reality where suddenly everyone is using video calls for communication with friends and family and for conference meetings, Pixar have had the great idea of posting some backgrounds that can be used. You can find out what’s on offer and how to use them here.

Some more insights into Onward

Director Dan Scanlon did a live-tweet ‘watch-together’ session for Onward last week, which gave us a real insight into how the story came about and why certain scenes played out like they did. Here are some of our personal favourites:

 

Can’t wait to watch it again with all this newfound knowledge! And yes – A Quest of Yore is going to be a physical thing! It’s already a guide book which is currently available to buy at book stores, Disney Books, and Amazon. The board game is releasing later this year.

 

We hope everyone’s keeping safe and looking after each other and themselves during this difficult time! We’ll be aiming to post more regularly to keep people’s feeds filled with some more positive things.

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Early Digital Release for Onward

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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!

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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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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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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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The new Onward trailer tells all and makes us dissolve in laughter and tears

Onward, Trailer

Posted by Simoa • October 10, 2019

Every time I’ve gone to the movies this year, I’ve seen the same preview for Onward, and so has everyone. I could practically recite it by heart. I wondered when we would get new footage and if it would ever play in front of whatever animated movie was screened before the year was out. Well now the newest trailer has officially debuted! And it’s one of the best from Pixar in recent years.

This trailer reveals quite a lot of plot! That’s a first for our favorite animation studio. For the first time, I don’t need to speculate about what’s going on, nor am I left guessing. This can only mean that even bigger surprises are being kept under wraps.

A narrator explains what we already know, namely that this new world once had magic and doesn’t anymore. It is still inhabited by mythological creatures, but they’re just like you and me. It resembles our world a little bit, but it feels like it even more.

Inside and out, the world of Onward looks beautifully fleshed out – familiar and fantastical all at once.

Ian and Barley Lightfoot, in another Pixar first, are siblings who embark on a quest. That’s par for the course in fantasy fare, but this is unlike any other quest you’ve journeyed on with your favorite characters in movies and books. On this quest, they are going to find the rest of their father. They use a wizard staff, gifted to Ian on his birthday by their dad, to bring him back, but only his bottom half! The trailer features one touching moment, that it seems only Pixar could do. Just the tap of a foot and I was reduced to tears.

Anyone who loves Monsters University like I do can see director Dan Scanlon’s distinct MO, which brilliantly blends hilarity with heartbreak. There’s so much going on in the trailer; snarling monsters and unicorns; colorful explosions; car chases; and fire. But it’s edited so well that none of it overwhelms.

Whatever excitement I had for this movie has just had a growth spell put on it. It’s huge!

Onward cometh soon, on March 6th, 2020.

Have a look at the newly revealed poster:

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International Onward Poster Revealed

Coco, Onward, Round-Ups, Toy Story 4

Posted by Joanna • September 16, 2019

D23 is over, the next Pixar theatrical release seems an age away, and the ‘buzz’ from Toy Story 4 (pun intended) is slowly fading. It may seem like we’re going through a dry spell on the Pixar news front, but there’s actually plenty happening behind the scenes. Here’s a quick Woody’s Round Up from the past few weeks.

International Onward Poster

A really unique and beautiful Chinese Onward poster has been revealed. It has some paper-cutting and vector influences – very artistic and eye-catching. Take a look below:

Onward‘s scheduled release date is March 6th 2020.

Coco Live Performance

Coco is going to be brought back to life – live! On November 8th and 9th, Coco concerts will be held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, hosted by Eva Longoria and Benjamin Bratt (voice of Ernesto de la Cruz). Miguel actor Alex Gonzelez will also make a guest appearance, along with Alanna Ubach (Mama Imelda) and Jaime Camil (Papa).

What could be more memorable than hearing “Remember Me” live on stage with the stunning visuals of the movie as a backdrop?

Toy Story 4 – Digital/Physical Release

Toy Story 4 is still affecting me all these months later. I’m not over that ending, everyone. But maybe I’ll be able to come to terms with it with repeated viewings at home. As usual, the physical and digital release dates are slightly different – Toy Story 4  will be available digitally from October 1st, and on Blu-ray and DVD on October 8th.

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10 Things You Might Not Have Noticed In The New Onward Trailer

Onward, Trailer

Posted by Joanna • June 3, 2019

Pixar surprised us with a new trailer for its first 2020 movie on Thursday. You can watch the trailer for Onward (directed by Monsters University‘s Dan Scanlon) below:

It’s a great trailer – it shows off the movie’s weird but stunning world, and also proves its sense of humour and heart. Very little is ever given away in these early-on trailers, but we’ve been doing some detective work to try to glean every bit of information from what we’ve been given. Here are 10 things you may or may not have noticed from the trailer.

1. The ‘Under Bridge’ Transportation Authority

At first glance, it might just look like a troll is operating a toll bridge booth (because why not?). But if you look more closely, these drivers seem to be paying to go under a bridge. This is probably a reference to the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ fairytale, in which a troll lives under the bridge that the three goats want to cross. Notice how the sign underneath the troll worker says ‘cash or riddle’!

2. The skyscrapers have turrets

Take another look at the city in the background – the skyscrapers have turrets! To begin with, it looks like the city itself lacks a lot of the fantastical design, but it seems like fantasy is everywhere. Also – that design on the construction cone? Lovely.

3. Residents of New Mushroomton have satellite

It’s so cool seeing a suburban setting except with mushroom houses. New Mushroomton seems to be the name of elf brothers Ian and Barley’s hometown, and look – they have satellite! A lot of the mushroom houses have been fitted with satellite dishes, but also phone lines and electrical wires.

4. Even New Mushroomton’s garden ornaments are mushroom-inspired

Look behind this pool-lounging mermaid – she has little garden lamps on her lawn, and they look just like toadstools! As an aside – I wonder how mermaids live in the suburbs? Is she trapped in this make-shift pool forever, or..?

5. The plane has a mythical creature logo

We can’t totally make out what the creature is, but if you peer closely at that plane, its branding is definitely based off of a mythical creature. Perhaps a sitting dragon? A unicorn? What do you think?

6. Even the simplest objects look fancy

Once you start looking at a screencap from this trailer, it’s hard not to get wonderfully lost in the details. Even things like lawnmowers and microwaves look like they’d belong in The Lord of the Rings somehow. There’s a kind of floral, elvish design that runs through Ian’s whole home.

7. Barley’s a fan of some great-sounding bands

If you look closely at Barley’s clothes, it’s covered in badges and logos – the one that you can see below is more than likely spelling out ‘HYDRA’, as evidenced by the font’s many dragon-like heads. A hydra is a mythical beast with mutiple, or even multiplying, heads (think back to Disney’s Hercules). Pixar are so amazing at going the extra mile – I’m sure this movie’s going to be brimming with genius logos that many of us will probably never notice.

8. Is Barley’s car called Gwynivere?

The registration plate on Barley’s car spells out ‘Gwniver’, suggesting that it has a name that would fit in great in any classic fantasy novel. The car make is ‘Valor’.

9. The car radio brand is ‘Siren’

When Barley starts up his car, you very briefly get to see this logo on his car’s radio system. It looks like the brand, and it’s called ‘Siren’. This would make sense since sirens, in myth, were said to be dangerous creatures, half-bird and half-woman, who would use song to lure lost fishermen off course. They would then climb onto their ships and kill them, presumably.

10. Halt!

And last but not least – the stop signs in New Mushroomton are not stop signs at all, but rather ‘halt signs’. Very Dungeons and Dragons. This sign can be seen as Ian shoos away those feral unicorns.

 

So – did any of you spot all these details? I think it’s great that even a simple trailer under 2 minutes long has so much to dissect. It just goes to show you how much work goes into a Pixar movie.

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Onward – First Poster, First Trailer

Onward, Poster

Posted by Joanna • May 30, 2019

We only just got our first glimpse of Pixar’s next original movie Onward yesterday, and now Pixar are immediately surprising us with more Onward firsts! On Twitter, they teased us with a ‘magical riddle’ of sorts – if you reply to the tweet and solve it correctly, you’re rewarded with a beautiful poster. And a trailer is coming later tonight…

If you’re not wise enough to crack the code (or if you’re just impatient like us), then have a look at the poster below!

Isn’t it stunning? It looks like the city centre has lost some of the magic that the suburbs are still clinging onto. It’s surreal to see such a civilisation surrounded by jagged mountains and overseen by two crescent moons. Perhaps Onward will explore the fact that our world is a little like this too – huge cities can block out the beauty and wonder that our planet has to offer.

Also, can we just appreciate that van? And that it’s called Valor? What a beautiful paint job it’s had done on it. And look at that magical staff Ian has in his hand!

The excitement doesn’t stop at the poster though – the very first Onward trailer will also air tonight during the NBA final! Stay tuned to hear our thoughts on it, because we’re sure to have many!

Onward cometh to theatres in March 2020.

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