Disney and Pixar’s Onward opens on March 6th, 2020 and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is currently offering a preview of the film. In addition, there is a display in the center of the room with maquettes and concept art. This is located in Walt Disney Presents, which has served as the venue for film displays since The Magic of Disney Animation closed in 2015. The display isn’t as voluminous as in that previous location, but the case actually fits a fair bit of concept art on the four sides. What the case does not currently include is any text with names or information about the film.
We did send a reporter to the movie last night (he was at the press conference for us today as well). He liked the film quite a lot, which is about all I can say until the embargo lifts. The synopsis on Onward is: Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.” “Onward” releases in theaters on March 6, 2020.
Here is our video of the display and then photos! And in addition to the film, the book The Art of Onward will release in March – it will feature much more concept art!
There is a large sign nearby promoting the film.
Here is a closer view.
Banners are outside of the area.
They are around Walt Disney Presents.
Posters are outside.
The display case is in the center of the room.
Two maquettes are flanked by 12 pieces of concept art on this side.
Ian and Barley Lightfoot are brothers in the animated film.
From Disney: Ian, a newly 16-year-old elf, yearns for the father he lost back before he was born. Ian is sweet and determined with the best of intentions, but his lack of confidence and nervous energy trips him up more often than not. Ian is convinced that if only he had his father’s guidance, his life wouldn’t be so complicated and messy.
Close up on Ian.
From Disney: Barley Lightfoot is a big, burly and boisterous 19-year-old elf who loves magic and immerses himself in role-playing fantasy game play. He’s a free spirit who may be slightly more passionate about the past than the present—and he’ll fight to the death, so to speak, to preserve historical landmarks. But because he’s so focused on the past, he struggles to find success in the present
Close up on Barley.
Here is a look at the pieces of concept art next to them.
On another side, there are spell cards from Quests Yore.
From Disney: Guinevere is more than just a van—she’s Barley’s mighty steed! Built from the ground up by Barley himself, the groovy purple van is a bit rundown, but spectacularly decked her out with crescent moon windows and a Pegasus mural. So, of course Barley calls on Guinevere to shepherd them on their epic quest.
There are a lot of images on this side.
From Disney about Laurel: Laurel Lightfoot (mom) is a hardworking, sardonic and devoted single mom who throws herself whole-heartedly into everything she does. Laurel lost her husband years ago, but her drive and determination helped her overcome the hardship and make the most of her life with her much-loved sons, Ian and Barley.
From Disney about the dad Wilden Lightfoot: Wilden Lightfoot is the late father of Barley and Ian. A smart, confident and determined man, Dad discovered a creative, albeit fantastic way to reconnect with his sons long after his passing. An ancient staff and magical spell reveal Dad’s plan that allows Ian and Barley to conjure him for 24 hours. But magic, it turns out, is far from a perfect science and the boys are only able to bring back half of their dad, the bottom half, on first pass. That half joins them on a quest to retrieve a Phoenix Gem in an effort to fully conjure Dad before time runs out.
From Disney about Blazey: Blazey is the Lightfoots’ pet dragon. Friendly and more than a little hyperactive, she can wreak havoc with just a wag of her tail or a spark of her fire breath.
Here is more of the concept art for the film in the following photos.
And these are the doors leading into the Walt Disney Theater.
I can’t wait to see Onward! We will have more from the film before then, including a video and write-up from the press conference.
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