So a few days ago, Disney announced that they would be adding Pixar’s new movie, Onward, to Disney Plus on April 3rd, due to us being stuck inside cause Corona is outside tryna snatch folks up.
Which means, I should probably finally tell y’all what my daughter and I thought of Onward right? This review is long overdue, but better late than never, right? Lol
So here’s my review of Onward. Towards the end, you’ll find my 8-year old’s review and some coloring pages both you and your kids can download.
My Review of Pixar’s new movie, Onward
Onward is emotional but funny and good for both parents and kids 6+.
My daughter and I both loved the movie. However, in the past, she’s had issues with watching “kid movies” because she scares easily, and was always worried that something bad would happen to one of the characters.
So since she didn’t sit next to me during the movie because I begged to sit in the middle of the theater (my favorite spot) and she begged to sit next to her friend, who needed to sit next to her dad.
For most of the movie or at least the parts I thought she’d have a problem with, I made sure to look down the row to see if she was okay. But she was fine!
However, my kid turned 8 the day right after she watched Onward, so she’s a bit older now. So this may not be the same case for younger kids. I know I talked to a few parents who have younger children, who said their kids were scared in certain parts. Which of course is expected for kids under 5 right?
But only you know what your kid can handle!
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If you’re still not sure what Onward is about, here’s a quick rundown.
Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their dad, who passed away when Ian was a baby and head out on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere in an attempt to bring him back from the dead for one day with a magic spell.
Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles, and unimaginable discoveries.
But when the boys’ fearless mom Laurel (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior – aka The Manticore (voice of Octavia Spencer) – and heads off to find them.
And just like every other Disney or Pixar movie, there are lots of lessons to discuss with your kids afterward.
Onward teaches us that:
- the short path isn’t always the best (or right) path
- we should pay attention to our small victories, not just the big ones
- if you grew up without a dad but had a male figure that was awesome don’t forget the sacrifices they made to help you become ‘you’
- we can’t bring our loved ones back from the dead, but we can appreciate the ones here with us right now
All of these teachable moments are worth discussing with our kids after the movie! Younger kids may not get these lessons right away, and just from watching the movie, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring them up afterward and talk to them about it.
Overall, I love how the storyline came together, especially at the end. The movie really wraps up well. After watching the trailer for Pixar’s Onward movie, I was a little worried about how kids would react to certain parts of the movie, and if kids would leave the theater crying.
But Pixar made sure that didn’t happen, and despite the movie being emotional (like I wanted to cry, emotional) it wasn’t as triggering as I thought it would be.
Onward will definitely have you missing folks though, especially if they were close to you, but the humor kicks in a few times to lighten things up to make sure you don’t leave the theater feeling sad. So it was great.
Two things I did notice though were that the Unicorns don’t play a big part in the movie, despite being in the trailers. (The sprites actually played a bigger role than the Unicorns did.) And also, the music was cool but it wasn’t a big factor either.
I’m always looking for memorable songs in films, something we can remember the film by, and sing afterward, but there were absolutely none in Onward. Which sucks! But aside from that, it was pretty good.
Here’s what my daughter had to say about Onward.
My Daughter’s Review of Pixar’s new movie, Onward
It was made up of all the feelings …
Happy, scared, sad, joyful, sorrow, and funny.
I was happy when …
- he (Ian) learned how to drive
- when they (both brothers) found the gem, and also
- when they brought dad back.
I was scared when …
- the rock dragon came to life
- during the water part where they almost drowned
- during the booby traps and
- the part when she (the manticore) got angry.
I was sad when …
- his brother said he was a screw-up
Everything else was funny, the beginning and the ending. Like during the end, when he flipped his big brother, because, in the beginning, his mom did that.
Onward taught me to “go for your dream” and that “when you want something, you could get something else and it could be good”.
(She was referring to Ian’s list that he made of all the things he wanted to do with his dad, but that he ended up doing with his brother instead.)
I also liked that he (Ian) got to do everything on his list.
I didn’t cry during the movie, and I didn’t want to.
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