Onward! It’s not just the title of Disney and Pixar’s newest film—it seems to be Disney’s strategy when it comes to coronavirus. In light of theaters closing, Disney has pivoted from making money in theaters to focusing on its streaming service, Disney+.
If you haven’t seen Onward, which debuted in theaters on March 6, your family will love Pixar’s latest film. Two teenage elf brothers, voiced by Marvel icons Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man), stumble upon a gift from their late father, one that’ll bring him back to the land of the living for 24 hours—if only they can complete their quest. In a land that’s forgotten magic, both its dangers and its wonders, the boys soon realize just how important this adventure is to their family.
After the positive reaction of parents and kids everywhere when Disney dropped Frozen 2 three months early, we suspect the movie giant realized its new streaming service could benefit—and help—while families practice social distancing.
“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” said director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae.
Onward will begin streaming on April 3 at 8 pm EST on Disney+. If you can’t wait two weeks, Disney will also offer the film ahead of schedule for digital purchase beginning today at 8 pm EST for $19.99.
And if your kids love Frozen, be sure to show them these bedtime stories read by Josh Gad, who voices Olaf in the series.
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