Two elven brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day.


Dan Scanlon


Dan Scanlon (original story by), Keith Bunin (original story by) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Ian Lightfoot (voice)
Chris Pratt ... Barley Lightfoot (voice)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Laurel Lightfoot (voice)
Octavia Spencer ... The Manticore (voice)
Mel Rodriguez ... Colt Bronco (voice)
Kyle Bornheimer ... Wilden Lightfoot (Dad) (voice)
Lena Waithe ... Officer Spector (voice)
Ali Wong ... Officer Gore (voice)
Tracey Ullman ... Grecklin (Pawn Shop Owner) (voice)
Wilmer Valderrama ... Gaxton (College Friend) (voice)
George Psarras ... Officer Avel / Additional Voices (voice)
John Ratzenberger ... Construction Worker Fenwick (voice)


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 Rotten T.

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Cometh Soon.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/peril and some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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 »


Barley Lightfoot: There's no top half! I definitely remember Dad having a top half!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The movie is also presented in a 3D version, the IMAX-Enhanced version and the 4DX-Enhanced version. See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Corona Calamity (2020) See more »


Let's Get It On
Written by Marvin Gaye & Ed Townsend
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Great fun, but not the magic of other Pixar films!
19 March 2021 | by pritolSee all my reviews

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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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

6 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Onward See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,119,861, 8 March 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS-X)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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