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Disney•Pixar’s Onward uses 3D animation to create magical moments between two brothers and their deceased father.

What do you get when you mix the fantasy world with the familiar? You get Onward from Disney•Pixar. Directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University), the film, Pixar’s 22nd, takes place in a world once ruled by magic that has since become obsolete in favor of technology. It is here that two modern-day elf brothers embark on an epic quest to bring back their deceased father, if only for a brief time.

Pixar Animation Studios has taken moviegoers under the sea, into space, back in time, and into the toy box. But Onward marks the first time Pixar has explored a world that features all the conveniences of suburbia – except with vermin unicorns roaming the streets. Stocker describes the suburban fantasy world in Onward as a hybrid that’s akin to a fractured fairy tale type of fantasyland, which, over time, has evolved into something totally different, something more modern and “human-like,” as the creatures find magic too difficult to master and technology much easier to use. However, as the brothers embark on their journey, that world becomes more magical and fantastical.

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