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Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on an 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.

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

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  1. The Burger Shire, a fast-food restaurant, has a sign reading, "Now serving second breakfast." In the Lord of the Rings books and movies, second breakfast is a meal enjoyed by the Hobbits, who all live in The Shire.
  2. One of the most iconic monsters in Dungeons & Dragons is a giant cube of Jell-O. Imagined by creator Gary Gygax himself in the very first edition of Dungeons & Dragons in 1974, the gelatinous cube is a staple foe that players encounter early on in their adventuring. (It has an entry-level challenge rating of "2" in the current version of D&D. That's low.) The cube moves slowly but can be very dangerous once it gets close, as it absorbs victims and slowly digests them while they float helplessly inside.
  3. Pixar's iconic Pizza Planet truck appears in the troll bridge toll scene.
  4. According to director Dan Scanlon, who lost his father at a very young age, the film is inspired by the question he's always asked: "who was my father? The story is set in a world with no humans. Elves, trolls, sprites, and "anything that would be on the side of a van in the '70s," exist in this world, said the director. "In the film, we're going to tell the story of two teenage elf brothers whose father died when they were too young to remember him. But thanks to the little magic still left in the world, the boys embark on a quest that will allow them a chance to spend one last magical day with their father."
  5. The popular "A113" reference is present in this film as it is in all Pixar films. The Police call that comes through near the end says "A 113 in progress". A113 was the classroom used by John Lasseter, Tim Burton and Brad Bird at the California Institute of Arts and appears in all Pixar films
  6. Triple Dent Gum is sold at the gas station Ian and Barley visit; which is an Easter Egg for Inside Out.
  7. Pixar's first film without any involvement from John Lasseter, following his departure as CEO of Disney's Animation Areas.
  8. Look closely at the Manticore's Tavern. The cook is actually Remy, the rat from Ratatouille, while other members of the staff are wearing Sorcerer Mickey hats. There's even a Pixar ball in the background, emblazoned on a shield. The prize area includes the toy frogs from Toy Story 4.
  9. The first Disney movie to be released for digital download while still in theaters.
  10. Barley's tabletop game is heavily inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. In fact, a couple of artifacts and creatures from D&D are featured in the film, and Wizards of the Coast receives thanks in the end credits.
  11. John Ratzenberger turns up in every Pixar movie, and this time he plays Construction Worker Fenwick, who tries to stop Barley from climbing all over historical monuments.
  12. There are many beverages advertised in the gas station called Cloak and Cola and Mountain Doom (also a Lord of the Rings reference to Mt. Doom) and Satyrade, referencing the real life beverages Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, and Gatorade
  13. In an email to Inverse, Wizards of the Coast confirmed it collaborated with Disney and Pixar over the use of D&D characters and story elements in Onward. "The D&D team was super excited to meet with the writers and producers of Pixar's Onward," Wizards of the Coast told Inverse. "There was a lot of back-and-forth in the room discussing how best to portray D&D monsters like the beholder and the gelatinous cube. We love that Onward is bringing fantasy to a whole new audience, and it's a testament to how D&D storytelling is part of the mainstream culture now."
  14. The portrayal of unicorns harks back to the very first myths about them being aggressive and untameable, rather than graceful and magical. It's only on screen very briefly and you need to look closely to make it out, but Laurel apparently buys milk from Audhumla Dairies - Audhumla being the name of the primeval cow, one of the more obscure figures from Norse Mythology.
  15. In Barley's van there is a sign that says, "You shall not pass" a reference to Lord of the Rings.
  16. In the arcade, a centaur is playing a video game called 'Prance Prance Revolution', a play on the music video game 'Dance Dance Revolution'.
  17. The toll booth troll works for "Under The Bridge Transportation' a joke on how in fairy tales trolls wait underneath to prey on those who try to pass. It also says you can pay them in cash or riddle.
  18. The film received great reviews from critics and audiences, with its Rotten Tomatoes scores being 87% and 95% respectively. Unfortunately, it was released during the rise of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic when movie theaters were either closing or limiting capacity in an effort to limit the spread of the virus (and even with this measure many people felt it was still unsafe to go to the movies). Eventually, it got so severe that all movie theater chains were forced to close before the film could recoup its budget. As a result, Disney made the unprecedented move of making the film available for digital download only two weeks after its theatrical release as it was now the only way people could view it.
  19. While having recorded most of their lines separately, Tom Holland and Chris Pratt did some of their recording sessions together since, according to Dan Scanlon, "they've worked together before and hung out together". According to producer Kori Rae, Tom Holland and Chris Pratt improvised some of their lines while recording together.
  20. One of Ian's classmate at the beginning and end of the film is wearing a Monsters University hat.
  21. The wizard of old is shown being watched by an adoring crowd. Attentive viewers will notice the wizard is surrounded by Night Howler flowers from Zootopia (2016), and he's being watched by a satyr version of Bonnie from Toy Story 3 (2010). There are also a group of rock trolls from Frozen (2013).
  22. When Ian walks into the gas station there are 'magic beans' on sale referencing the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk Later Ian and Barley drive through fields filled with giant beanstalks that stretch all the way into the clouds possibly a nod to Disney's Gigantic which was to be released the same year as this film but it was cancelled.
  23. Pixar traditionally get in a Pizza Planet Easter egg, and in Onward it's switched up; the company is called Pizza Realm instead. Signs are shown in the background of several scenes, and a Pizza Realm truck joins the queue for the toll booth. A box in the back of Barley's van has a Pizza Realm sticker on it.
  24. The song featured in the teaser is 'Magic' by The Cars.
  25. Specter's line about her girlfriend's daughter was improvised by Lena Waithe, who asked if she could switch the line from "husband" to "girlfriend".
  26. One store is called "Sword & The Scone," a pun on the animated classic The Sword in the Stone; this is actually a repeated gag, because this was the name of a meal on the breakfast menu in Toy Story 4 (2019).
  27. One item that is apparently quite similar is the candy known as Pixie Sticks. It's little more than pure sugar, but in the film, while it might have the same name, it's actually something quite different. According to the package, Pixie Sticks are actually 100% real Pixie Dust.
  28. An annotated version of Barley's copy was released as a tie-in book for the film. Additionally, a fully playable board game, "Quests of Yore: Barley Edition", is set for release in the Fall of 2020.
  29. The movie will be accompanied in theaters by "Playdate With Destiny," a short cartoon featuring The Simpsons (1989). Tracey Ullman voices the pawn shop owner Grecklin, and The Simpsons was originally spun off from The Tracey Ullman Show (1987).
  30. There is a Skyrim logo on the dashboard of Guinevere 2.
  31. During a scene towards the end of the movie, when the brothers exit a manhole in the street, background greenery and foliage heavily resembles Arlo from The Good Dinosaur.
  32. On January 27, 2020, a San Francisco tattoo artist named Sweet Cecily Daniher filed a lawsuit against Disney, Pixar, and Onward (2020) producer Kori Rae. In September 2018, Pixar rented a van owned by Daniher and decorated with a unicorn-themed mural for use in a one-day festival. She learned about the production of Onward in May 2019 and, after seeing images of the van used by Ian and Barley Lightfoot in the film, came to believe that Pixar had stolen the design of her van in violation of her rental agreement with the company. Daniher is suing for copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Visual Artists Rights Act, and California Artists Protection Act. She is also suing to prohibit distribution of the film and any infringing advertisements or merchandise. The suit is pending as of February 2020.
  33. When Ian and Barley go to the manticores tavern the claw game in the back, it's called 'Gauntlet" and the claw is very clearly an Infinity Gauntlet.
  34. Pixar has revealed there's an Easter egg for Soul, their next film coming out. This may be in the scene where the father's shirt is briefly shown; it's emblazoned with the Trinity Knot symbol, which refers to the connection between mind, body, and soul.
  35. An early draft of the movie focused on two young scientists trying to bring their father back to life piece by piece. He was trying to invent something that could allow someone to communicate with the dead, but he ended up dying instead.
  36. Located in the pawn shop are several relics from past Disney movies like King Triton's trident (The Little Mermaid - 1989), Genie's lamp (Aladdin - 1992), and Riley's hockey stick (Inside Out - 2015).
  37. Barley has a D20 dice pin on his vest and a D20 dice stitching with lightning bolts on his arm cast referencing the board game Dungeons & Dragons.
  38. If you read the kids menu of the Manticore's Tavern, you'll notice "kraken legs" are an option.
  39. Pixar's 22nd feature film.
  40. In one scene, Barley and Ian's father's legs help them make up by encouraging them to dance along. When he tries to pull Ian over, Ian repeatedly says that he isn't a very good dancer. Tom Holland, is, in fact, a talented ballet/hip hop dancer; his acting career began as the title character of West End's Billy Elliot the Musical.
  41. Laurel Lightfoot uses Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On as her ringtone. It can be heard whenever Bronco calls her.
  42. In the scene where Ian and Barley's dad starts dancing, the song's beat sounds very similar to "Hold on Loosley" - a classic rock song released in 1981 by the band 38 Special.
  43. Many of the traps are similar to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark especially when Ian and Barley pull their father's legs through the closing doors referencing the famous Indy hat grab.
  44. Ian performs a fireworks spell that includes a Hidden Mickey. When he turns to a page of a book of magic detailing growth spells, the wizard pictured looks like Yensid from Fantasia.
  45. The Manticore is lifted straight from Dungeons & Dragons. Present since Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in 1977, manticores exist as an evil race of lion-like creatures who seek to EAT THE FLESH OF MEN. They are lethal predators, as detailed in the short story "The Ecology of the Manticore" written by Spike & Jones and published in the 153rd issue of the official Dungeons & Dragons magazine, Dragon. Persian mythology the name "manticore" derives from Middle Persian for "man-eater" (mardya and khrowr) manticores have humanoid heads, lion bodies, scorpion tales, and dragon wings.
  46. Barley also has a Hades patch on his vest jacket referencing Hercules (1997).
  47. The birthday song in the manticores tavern is the same tune as the one from The Emperor's New Groove (2000).
  48. This is Pixar's first original film since The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Coco (2017). Every Pixar film since 2016 (with the exception of Coco) has been a sequel to one of their previously existing franchises like Finding Dory (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018) and Toy Story 4 (2019).
  49. Barley's decked-out vest includes an Infinity Gauntlet Patch on the left breast pocket. It's a bit hard to spot, As the patch rocks a red and black design that's different than the Gauntlet's classic gold look. However, the design is clearly meant to resemble Marvel's iconic Infinity Gauntlet. And a sticker of the same design on the back of the passenger seat inside Barley's van.
  50. The stereo in Barley's van is from the brand LOR.
  51. The calendar in Ian's room has a picture of the woods from Brave on it, also Barley's map refers to "Brave Wilderness" and "Lock Lake," nods to Brave and the animated short The Ballad of Nessie.
  52. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland starred in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), which is also owned by Disney, both playing Peters: Peter Quill / Star-Lord and Peter Parker / Spider-Man, respectively. Coincidentally Octavia Spencer has a minor role in Spider-Man (2002).
  53. Ian crossing the invisible bridge is similar to Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989).
  54. Openly lesbian Lena Waithe provides the voice for Specter, a cyclops cop who passingly mentions having a girlfriend.
  55. On one of the pixie fairies jackets is a a skull similar looking to the one on Sid's shirt from Toy Story (1995).
  56. The stickers on the back window of Guinevere contains an Easter egg of Luci (short for Lucifer) from Disenchantment.
  57. A possible nod to Toy Story happens when Laurel steps on a soldier figurine belonging to Barley and berates him for leaving it in the hallway similar to Toy Story, where Andy's Mom stepped on one of the Green Army Men and annoyingly mentions she thought she told Andy to pick them up
  58. This is the first Pixar film not to feature the credits "Disney presents" and "a Pixar Animation Studios film" in the opening.
  59. Laurel uses Aurora brand dish soap, referencing the Disney film Sleeping Beauty (1959). Aurora is also a play on Dawn, a popular real-life brand of dish soap; "aurora" is a synonym for "dawn".
  60. Ian's appearance reminded many people of Alfredo Linguini's appearance from Ratatouille (2007), His nose is very similar to Tom Holland's other animated character, Walter Beckett from Spies in Disguise (2019).
  61. The Phoenix gem is orange colored just like the MCU Soul Stone. It gives Ian and Barley a day to interact with their father, in Avengers Infinity War (2018) the Soul Stone temporarily allowed Thanos to communicate with his dead daughter Gamora in the Soul world.
  62. In Ian's room he has a wooden dinosaur figure, similar to the mysterious pet collector from The Good Dinosaur (2015).
  63. A Mickey-lookalike troll is seen paying at the tollbooth in the particular tollbooth shot next to the "Pizza Realm" truck at the right.
  64. One of the brand names advertised at the gas station is called "Longbottom' a reference to one of the most popular characters in the Harry Potter universe. This may also be a reference to Longbottom Leaf, a variety of pipeweed smoked by characters in The Lord if The Rings.
  65. A couple of amusing nods to Triple Dent Gum (previously seen in Inside Out and Toy Story). There's a pack in Ian's room, and an advert at the gas station trashed by the pixies. Also on the counter is a cup of pens with the chicken logo, a reference to Poultry Palace, which has frequently been seen in the Toy Story films and shorts.
  66. Director Dan Scanlon voices the fitness instructor on Laurel's workout video.
  67. Magic is illustrated using the example of a great wizard, who looks strikingly similar to Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings. Later, Barley does indeed reveal the wizards of old had formulaic names like "Wilden the Whimsical," a detail seen in both The Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. In those long-distant days, sorcerers were adored as the easiest solution to the world's many crises - until technological development made the impossible a part of everyday life. Why train to generate magical light when you can just flick on a light Conceptually, this is reminiscent of subplots in The Incredibles.
  68. The rock the van crashes into looks like the Grizzly head rock at California adventure Park at Disneyland.
  69. The Guinevere paint design was featured in the 2019 animated Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 4 during the epilogue.
  70. The pixie biker gang members are shown devouring Pixy Stix before their confrontation with Ian and Barley.
  71. Ian says 'Whatever it takes', to meet his father echoes a famous line from Avengers Endgame (2019).
  72. The construction worker's name is Felix, a reference to Fix-It Felix from Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
  73. The high school looks similar to Southgate high school part of the Los Angeles school system right down to the number of doors and windows.
  74. The badges from Up (2009) are shown on a bulletin board.
  75. There are stickers and patches that adorn Barley's van and jacket that say Hades, Hydra, and Smote. References to Hercules, the Marvel Comics Universe, and Moana, respectively.
  76. the Pizza Realm delivery vehicle can be spotted during a scene involving the toll booth. As Barley and Ian make their way through the magical land, the modern-styled world sees them travel on a highway and come across a toll booth (appropriately manned by a troll). In the background of this shot, the Pizza Realm truck can be seen as it tries to get through the long line of cars. This appearance by the truck isn't the only Pizza Realm reference though, as the logo can be spotted on signage in the background of multiple scenes, as well as on a box in Barley's car.
  77. One of Ian's classmates is apparently studying the concept of transforming matter, which was mostly concerned with turning baser metals into gold. alchemy is what passes for "science class."
  78. Guinevere is named after King Arthur's wife in Arthurian legends.
  79. Barley's van is based on a 1978 Chevrolet Chevy.
  80. Barley is obsessed with ancient history, and as such he collects his world's equivalent of Magic: The Gathering cards, called Quests of Lore. To his delight, he and his brother wind up on a magical quest of their own; it incorporates the classic Gelatinous Cube from Dungeons and Dragons, and ends with a confrontation with a dragon, just like one Dungeons & Dragons mission. Barley's jacket includes stitchings of the D20 dice.
  81. The chalice adorned with red and blue gems in the opening sequence of the film appears later on the counter in the pawn shop.
  82. One of the most frequent starting settings in D&D games are taverns, where villagers drink, gossip, and get involved with the other side of the tracks. It's an ideal starting point for all adventures, even if it is a cliché. The blog Danger Mouse by David Morgan-Mar provides a long list of ways Dungeon Masters can avoid starting their adventures at a tavern. Notably, the trope far predates D&D. The poet Geoffrey Chaucer and his epic The Canterbury Tales is often credited for originating the concept of colorful characters meeting in the same place. Today, the concept is the inspiration for a podcast as well as the first episode to the parody web series 1 For All.
  83. Officer Bronco's cop car is a, 1989 GMC Jimmy SLX [K-1500].
  84. Wilden Lightfoot's (the dad) socks are the same color as the Cheshire cat from Disney's Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire cat can disappear and reappear with different body parts visible or missing. Wilden is missing his upper half for most of the movie.
  85. When the father leaned over to look at the fairy Sprite at the gas station wearing the sunglasses is similar to the scene in Ratatouille.
  86. Laurel uses 'Whey Strong' chocolate flavored protein powder for her smoothies.
  87. Barley's copy of Quests of Yore is set to be real, curtesy of USAopoly.
  88. The uniforms worn at the manticore's tavern, the hats worn by some of the employees, The hat isn't identical to the one worn by Mickey Mouse in Fantastia, but it uses the same moon and star ornaments on a dark blue hat. It's clearly an intentional reference to the hat that gave Mickey magic powers of his own and a reference to Walt Disney's classic film.
  89. Ian eats 'Trollios' a possible pun on Cheerios cereal.
  90. Look familiar? The way the dad moves when Ian puts the clothes on dad's top half heavily resembles the way Bernie walks in Weekend at Bernies.
  91. Disney's eighth computer-animated film to feature no humans after A Bug's Life (1998), Dinosaur (2000), Chicken Little (2005), Cars (2006), Cars 2 (2011), Zootopia (2016), Cars 3 (2017).
  92. In this film, Ian is concerned about his driving lessons. His character learning how to drive was also a plot point in Tom Holland's first 'Spider-Man' movie.
  93. Laurel's design bears a very similar appearance to Sadness from Inside Out.
  94. The Pixar ball is show at the maticores tavern when Ian and Barley open the door to the birthday song, above them it's on a wall like a trophy.
  95. Barley's vest jacket has the word 'Smote' referencing Moana (2016) when she meets Maui.
  96. Corey's name may have been derived from the name of her own species (manti'core').
  97. The tiny red skull pin on Barley's vest could be a nod to the Marvel villain Red Skull who at the time was the head of Hydra and there's a potential nod to that organization via the Hydra badge also on Barley's vest.
  98. The main conflict is the brothers' journey to find the Phoenix Gem in order to complete the resurrection spell needed to bring back their father. The closest thing to villains are the Pixie Bikers, the artificial dragon made by the curse that guards the Phoenix Gem, and the sleazy pawn-shop owner Grecklin.
  99. This is the first Pixar film to feature the short 2011 Disney closing logo since The Good Dinosaur (2015), not counting international versions of the 2016-2019 Pixar films.
  100. Corey has gotten a lot of positive recognition, due to her interesting backstory and enjoyable characterization. Also The mermaid in the kiddie pool, who is prominently shown in the teaser, which translates to a short cameo in the movie's prologue. Not only does she have outlandish theories surrounding how she even got there in the first place, but she is also relatively uniquely designed.
  101. The toll bridge features a number of Cozy Cones from Cars (2006).
  102. The movie begins and ends with a character (Wilden and Ian respectfully) talking about the world and magic's place within it
  103. "Gore" is an English verb that refers to an ungulate (specifically a bull, a ram, or a goat) that uses its horns to attack its enemies.
  104. One of the restaurants in town is named The Cheerful Platter -- a nod to The Happy Platter from Incredibles 2 (2018) -- where Violet's crush, Tony Rydinger, works.
  105. Although she is a manticore despite her name, she is depicted with an actual lion's head instead of a man's head (one of the common characteristics of a manticore) in mythology. Like in modern depictions, Corey is depicted with wings despite the historical records mentioning the manticore did not have wings.
  106. Burger Shire is also a reference to Burger King.
  107. The first animated film since The Peanuts Movie (2015) to not confirm its MPA rating until one of the television spots.
  108. In the beginning of the movie, it shows a large dragon that resembles Blazey which possibly means that she is young, or that over the ages dragons were tamed into house pets, much like humans turned wolves into dogs.
  109. In one scene Barley holds Ian the same way Starlord holds Spider-Man the first time they met in Avengers Infinity War.
  110. Pixar's first film since Up (2009) to be released during the spring season and the first Pixar film since Coco (2017) to not release in June.
  111. Pixar's first film to release in March.
  112. Chris Pratt's first theatrically released animated film outside the Lego Movie franchise.
  113. Among the stores in the shopping center, which are all closed for the evening, is what appears to be a bakery or cafe called "The Sword in the Scone," which is clearly a spoof of the title of the medieval tale. While the Easter egg is easy to miss, the bakery storefront can very briefly be viewed behind Laurel and Corey as they exit Laurel's car and head into the pawn shop. The same joke was first introduced within Disney's Toy Story short Small Fry, the fourth installment of Pixar's classic animated franchise following Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and the rest of Andy's hand-me-down toys as they transition into their new lives with their second kid, Bonnie.
  114. A book next to the Phoenix Gem map in the Manticore's Tavern shows a sword and Celtic knot, a reference to Brave (2012)
  115. In the Manticore's Tavern, there is an arcade claw type game, called Gauntlet. It looks a lot like the MCU Infinity Gauntlet and even has artwork showing the gauntlet holding a star, the same way Thanos held an infinity stone.
  116. Pixar's first film to not release in either May, June, or November.
  117. Wilden is the sixth deceased Pixar father after Auguste Gusteau, Poppa Henry, Héctor Rivera, Papá Julio, and Mr. Deavor.
  118. The "Happy, Happy Birthday!" song at The Manticore's Tavern has the same tune as the "Happy, Happy Birthday!" song at Mudka's Meat Hut in The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
  119. Blazey's body almost looks like the Tetrapodophis from The Good Dinosaur.
  120. Laurel drives a, 2005 Opel Zafira.
  121. The student driving car is a, 1998 Ford Crown Victoria.
  122. The mountain with two peaks in the background at the drawbridge looks similar to the mountain from The Croods.
  123. Pixar's first film with the 2020 MPA logo in the end credits.
  124. Disney's first animated film of the 2020s to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board).
  125. When Barley is listing wizard names, he mentions "Allura the Magnificent."
  126. Pixar's tenth film to not have a co-director after Toy Story (1995), The Incredibles (2004), Wall-E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Cars 3 (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Toy Story 4 (2019).
  127. Disney's seventh computer-animated film to release during the spring season after Dinosaur (2000), Finding Nemo (2003), The Wild (2006), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Up (2009), and Zootopia (2016).
  128. Pixar's fifth film to feature no humans after A Bug's Life (1998) and the Cars trilogy.
  129. The sixth Pixar film to have Bret Parker as a voice after Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  130. Pixar's ninth film to be rated PG by the MPA after The Incredibles (2004), Up (2009), Brave (2012), Inside Out (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Finding Dory (2016), Coco (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  131. Pixar's thirteenth film to be produced at 2.35:1 after A Bug's Life (1998), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), Wall-E (2008), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Cars 3 (2017), Coco (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), and Toy Story 4 (2019).
  132. One of the three consecutive Pixar films to be produced by Jonas Rivera and to have Josh Cooley as a voice, the previous being Toy Story 4 (2019) and the later being Soul (2020).
  133. Pixar's eighth film to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) after The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Up (2009), Brave (2012), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Coco (2017), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
  134. Disney's seventeenth computer-animated film to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board) after Dinosaur (2000), The Incredibles (2004), Chicken Little (2005), Ratatouille (2007), Up (2009), Brave (2012), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Frozen (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Zootopia (2016), Moana (2016), Coco (2017), Incredibles 2 (2018), Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018), and Frozen II (2019).
  135. Disney's first animated film of the 2020s to be rated U by the BBFC.
  136. Pixar's first film of the 2020s to be rated PG by the ACB (Australian Classification Board).
  137. The pawn shop owner, Grecklin, resembles Gollum from the animated The Hobbit (1977). Both characters also possess an object of great importance, desire to keep that object, and have the object stolen from them.
  138. Blazey's eyes are very similar to Dante from Coco (2017).
  139. When Officer Bronco is chasing Ian and Barley on their way to Ravens Point, we can see that his police car is actually a Ford Bronco.
  140. Barley plays a special mix tape titled: 'Rise to Valhalla' when he sacrifices his beloved van. In Norse mythology Valhalla is where many fallen warriors go to after death. The parking violations flying out of the windows giving the sense that Guinevere has wings and the sound of the van's tires on the stones create galloping sound, as if she's riding into battle.
  141. The magic of Onward is heavily inspired by Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Magic itself can only be wielded by a specific "class" of character, notably Ian himself. Just as in these games, spells have specific requirements that must be met in order to perform them. They are: *Someone must harness their "heart's fire," i.e. speak with confidence when casting *Other spells require a focus of attention, such as a growth spell *In addition, others require absolute self-belief, with Ian using magic to create an invisible bridge *The most complex spells require all three of the above *Finally, advanced magic is only possible with an assist element such as the Phoenix Gem
  142. Ian's wardrobe undergoes a few changes over the course of the film. Initially he wears his father's sweater, showing how much he wants to emulate the man he never met. For the bulk of the quest he sports a red flannel over a white tee, but covered with black accents that represent his insecurities. During the final battle that same flannel is ripped open to show off Ian's long-dormant Hot-Blooded streak. By the end he's back to a buttoned shirt, but fully red this time, showing how he's grown into his own man.
  143. In the gas station there is a very sneaky Toy Story reference via a tiny cup with pens on the cashier's counter, the chicken logo was from Poultry Palace referencing Toy Story 4 and the short film 'Small Fry'
  144. Near the end when Ian and Barley fly off with the van using magic is similar to the ending of Back to the Future (1985).

Cast

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Tom Holland
Ian Lightfoot (voice)
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Chris Pratt
Barley Lightfoot (voice)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus profile
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Laurel Lightfoot (voice)
Octavia Spencer profile
Octavia Spencer
The Manticore (voice)
Mel Rodriguez profile
Mel Rodriguez
Officer Colt Bronco (voice)
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Kyle Bornheimer
Wilden Lightfoot (voice)
Lena Waithe profile
Lena Waithe
Officer Spector (voice)
Ali Wong profile
Ali Wong
Officer Gore (voice)
Grey DeLisle profile
Grey DeLisle
Dewdrop (voice)
Tracey Ullman profile
Tracey Ullman
Grecklin (voice)
Wilmer Valderrama profile
Wilmer Valderrama
Gaxton (voice)
John Ratzenberger profile
John Ratzenberger
Construction Worker Fennwick (voice)