Onward is an American 3D computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Dan Scanlon, produced by Kori Rae, and stars the voices of Chris Pratt as Barley Lightfoot, Tom Holland as Ian Lightfoot, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer. The film is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2020.


Onward teaser poster
Onward teaser poster

Produced by Kori Rae
Directed by Dan Scanlon
Written by
  • Dan Scanlon
  • C. S. Anderson
  • Chris Pratt
  • Tom Holland
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Octavia Spencer
Music by
  • Mychael Danna
  • Jeff Danna
Production company
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 6, 2020 (United States)
Country United States
Running Time n/a
  • English
Budget n/a
Box Office n/a


The film is set in a suburban fantasy world where humans do not exist, instead populated with elves, trolls, andsprites, where unicorns are as common as rodents. Two teenage elf brothers, Barley and Ian, embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic in the world in order to spend one day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.

Voice cast

  • Chris Pratt as Barley Lightfoot
  • Tom Holland as Ian Lightfoot
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Mom
  • Octavia Spencer


In July 2017, Pixar announced a "suburban fantasy world" film at the D23 Expo, with Scanlon directing and Rae producing. The film is inspired by Scanlon's father's death when Scanlon and his brother were younger, and their relationship. Scanlon decided to write the story after hearing an audio clip of his father. On December 12, 2018, the title was revealed, while C. S. Anderson was announced to be Scanlon's co-writer.


On December 12, 2018, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer were announced as starring in the film. While having recorded most of their lines separately, Holland and Pratt did some of their recording sessions together due to their chemistry because.


On April 16, 2019, Mychael and Jeff Danna, who previously composed the score for Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, were revealed to be composing the film's score.


Onward is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2020 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.


On May 29, 2019, two stills from the film, featuring Barley, Ian and their mother, were revealed. The next day, the film's teaser poster was released, and the teaser trailer debuted during ABC 's broadcast of the 2019 NBA Finals.