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Onward (U)

Onward (2020) Director: Dan Scanlon
Starring: Tom Holland (voice), Chris Pratt (voice), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (voice)

“Onward” is set in a world similar to ours, with suburbs and police officers and sarcastic students, with one difference: This world of elves, manticores, pixies, ogres, unicorns, and other mystical animals once had “wonder,” meaning magic. But as electricity and other innovations took hold, the world lost its magic, giving it up for a “simpler way to get by.” In this world lives awkward high schooler Ian (Tom Holland),and his bombastic older brother Barley (Chris Pratt). The two brothers couldn’t be more different, but they’re brought together by mum Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who shares with them a message left by their father, Lightfoot, who died before Ian was born. Although Lightfoot was an accountant, he too had a passion for history, and was convinced that magic did once exist—and he leaves his sons a staff, a magical stone, and a note instructing them to use a magic spell to bring him back to life for one day.

The primary message of “Onward” is one of familial love and support while creating a detailed and unusual world that kids will love.

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