The Real Story Behind Pixar’s Ward Onward ’

SCORE: 75/100 (By Valeria Martínez and Pedro J. García) .- If Pixar managed to start looking for a handkerchief from the initial sequence of Up with that ode to eternal love between the protagonist marriage, and with Toy Story 4 there was no Father who did not leave the room with a trembling heart at the need to release our children someday, the study returns to its good work when using human experiences as a reference in its next premiere, Onward. And on this occasion, the inspiration starts from nothing less than the real story of its director who lost his father when he was one year old.We warn you that knowing the anecdote will make Onward probably get even more excited when you see it. © 2019 Disney / Pixar All Rights Reserved.MoreThe studio has been making us laugh and cry with its films for a quarter of a century (and even with its short films!). Since the premiere of Toy Story in 1995, Pixar has always been at the forefront of animation, standing out not only for its technical brilliance, but also for its great ideas and the care with which it takes care of its stories. And this year, after The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4, Pixar temporarily parks the sequels to release two original films, Onward and Soul. The first, directed by Dan Scanlon, arrives on March 6 in Spain, and although it is not up to acclaimed recent Pixar tapes such as Del reverse or Coco and can be considered a minor delivery, it is a worthy addition to its almost faultless catalog Like all Pixar films – except for the occasional sequel – Onward’s premise is based on a great idea: the story is set in a suburban fantasy world in which magic has been displaced by technology. Two teenage elven brothers of opposite character, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices in English of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt respectively) embark on a journey to find a magical gem to help them spend just 24 hours with their father, who died when they were little. As in Frozen, but with brothers instead of sisters, the odyssey will serve to strengthen fraternal ties, and in the case of the shy and fearful Ian, to dare to live an adventure and believe in magic. Dan Scanlon takes the reins of another Pixar film after taking over Monsters University in 2013, and while both times he signed the script with another duo of writers, Onward purely and exclusively part of his life. And this proposal is a tribute to his own childhood, but especially to that absent father who did not know in life. The producer Kori Rae shared with us the origins of the story during a presentation of the film in London – when not yet It was finished – revealing that Dan Scanlon spent his childhood clinging to the imagination that his father’s voice provided in an audio. When he died when he was just one year old, the only physical memory he had was through the photos, but one day they found a homemade recording where he could hear his father saying “hello” (hi) and “goodbye” (bye) ). Just two words that were enough for Dan. Rae allowed us to hear that recording, making us partakers of the vital years in which the director clung to that voice to imagine who his father was, expanding our emotional empathy for understanding the cradle where he grew up. adventure. In summary, that voice and those two words opened a world of connection between the two, a relationship that he could not have in life and that he now explores turning all those feelings into two elven brothers who can fulfill the dream he had so many times, spend a day with his deceased father. His father became a myth. A character that touched the fantasy to be so connected with his imagination through those two words. And that is how the fantastic world designed for history comes into play, but vice versa, where unicorns are plague. The presence of elves, unicorns, fairies, minotaurs and other mythological beings in a modern environment where new technologies and all the comforts of our real world exist, gives rise to a very funny and curious universe of our own. Pixar’s 22nd movie is developed as a role-playing game, full of adventures and dangers, in which the two protagonist brothers will learn valuable lessons about themselves and the family. And this is where its greatest virtue is, when it comes to spinning the action with the development of the characters. Every step they take, every success or mistake, serves to build their characters, to make them grow and, ultimately, to unite them more than ever in the last touching story. Read more Because Onward is an enjoyable and friendly film without more, but it is her final act that ends up raising her above the simply correct. Until then, we could be perfectly in front of a Disney or Dreamworks film, but the last 20 minutes remind us that we are watching a Pixar movie. The climax, full of action and emotion, is one of the most beautiful endings of a studio that always finds a way to make us cry with its stories. Yes, it is difficult for the film to start, but it knows exactly where it is going and it is very clear how it wants to end, which benefits the story and ends up leaving with a very good taste. © 2019 Disney / Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Closer to minor titles of the studio such as Brave, Arlo’s Journey or Monsters University itself that to masterpieces such as WALL-E or Backwards, Onward stands out, of course, for its visual finish and its technical virtuosity ( the film is full of creativity and the detail of the textures that can be seen in the foregrounds is overwhelming), but not so much because of its originality. Even so, it meets the level of quality and emotional load expected of Pixar, hitting the spot again when it comes to addressing both children and adults. It will not go down in history like other studio titles, but it reminds us that, even when it is not excellent, it is still worthwhile. Note: Pedro J. García collaborated with this article with the criticism of the film after its complete viewing, and Valeria Martínez with the data collected in an exclusive previous presentation between the producer Kori Rae and the press in London.More stories that may interest you: