The world, emotions, and characters were wonderfully crafted and the opening sequence hooks you right away with the swelling musical score (complete with gregorian-style chants) and sweeping camera work as you fly over the town of New Mushroomton (the hometown of the Lightfoot family).
After things don't go as planned and the phoenix stone is damaged, the boys set out on a quest to find another one of the rare gems to complete their spell — before time runs out.
Julia Louis Dreyfus was likewise brilliant as Laurel Lightfoot (along with the remaining cast). Her delivery really sold the "I'll do anything for you" tone that mothers have, but we were floored by how well her character was written. You can feel the ache in her voice as things don't go as planned and she tries to cheep up Ian.
Throughout the entire film, we wished we were young again so we could run around and cast the same spells Ian and Barley utilized throughout the film with our friends. The adventures are fun, funny, and not scary which is nice for parents of younger children. The film has more moments of suspense than scares and we would say that Benson in Toy Story 4 was more intense than Onward.
OTHER FAVORITE MOMENTS
- Any scenes with the Sprites — the winged fairy-like biker gang — brought the most laughs for us.
- We loved that a giant troll Ian talks to at school was wearing forearm crutches — the is great diversity.
- All your favorite easter eggs are there — the Pixar ball, A-113 reference, John Ratzenberger voicing a character, a Pizza Planet reference, and more.
After the film officially hits theaters on March 6, 2020, we'll share our full review with even more specifics and details about the wonderful moments of animation (e.g., where Barley uses his shoulder to pop open the van door), our favorite scenes, and so much more. Definitely take your friends and family to go see Onward, it's a wonderful, heartfelt film.
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