Yesterday, Disney released the first shots of the upcoming Pixar movie for next year, Onward. Well, today we got a first look at the elves in action in the first trailer and man, it looks wacky! But, good wacky if you know what I mean.
For some context to start with, Tom Holland announced quite a while back now that he and his Marvel mate Chris Pratt will be starring together in the new Pixar movie for 2020 titled Onward. That’s all we knew back then, however we then found out that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer will also be joining the cast with their respective roles yet to be named.
Though I and others were already speculating, but the trailer confirms that we’re obviously in some sort of merged fantasy and modern world, which looks super exciting! The passing airplane at the beginning of the trailer is pretty funny as that’s something we haven’t really seen before in a fantastical environment like this. The use of cars, mobile phones and earphones suggests that Pixar might have something to say about the way we take advantage of technology today. It is captioned “but times change” at the start of the trailer so they might hold up a political mirror to the audience in a way. That would be really interesting stance for the production company.
We see that the protagonist Ian Lightfoot – who is some sort of elf – lives with his elf mother and pet dragon (God, I would love one of those) and is ready to embark on an adventure with his brother, Barley Lightfoot, possibly to find if there’s still magic in their dreamy suburbia or has capitalist and American influenced commerce really taken all of it that away? Seems like an intriguing, profound yet funny adventure if that’s what they are going to do.
Additionally, if you’ve read my recent article explaining the entire Pixar Theory you might be wondering where this movie fits into it all. Though I can’t say for certain, but it seems heavily likely that it slots into the post-modern era where humans no longer habituate on earth, but I think it they’ve only just left for Axiom as there are a lot of man made influences still around.
I’m personally really excited to see this movie. I have said this once and I will say it again, Pixar are leaders in animated storytelling and it is thrilling to see that they can still come up with compelling and original stories. We’ll just have to wait until next year now when it hits our screens on March 6.