In a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. When the boys' fearless mom, Laurel, realizes that her sons are missing, she teams up with the legendary winged-lion-scorpion former warrior -- The Manticore -- and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.Written by
The badges from Up (2009) are shown on a bulletin board. See more »
At 34:15 in the movie, when Ian and Barley are deciding what route to take to get to the gem, Dad taps his foot on Barley's foot. The foot appears to change abruptly from his right foot to his left foot. See more »
The closing credits have the names of the crew members growing in sparkling purple before slowly vanishes when the position fades out as it zooms in. The transition midway through has the sparkles form the symbol of the Phoenix Gem, which then the credits begins scrolling upward. The header of each section glows in a same way as the first half. See more »
The movie is also presented in a 3D version, the IMAX-Enhanced version and the 4DX-Enhanced version. See more »
Great fun, but not the magic of other Pixar films!
This is a great film by any stretch! Really fun magical world of elves, centaurs, mermaids and all that jazz, but with a modern suburban setting. The film has some laugh out loud moments and the animation is as always spectacular.
The story has some strong emotional punch, as it follows two brothers on a quest to complete a spell and bring their father back for a single day, learning more about each other and their relationship in the process.
It has all the familiar components that have made Pixar's movies fantastic, and it touches on some very contemporary themes in a really nice way; coping with lose of a parent and the importance of siblings, dealing with your remaining parents new partners etc.
However, if you compare it to their other film this year, Soul, it just doesn't have the same level of emotional connection. Still incredibly enjoyable, and would be more than happy to watch this film again anytime!
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