KEEP READING: Disney-Pixar's Onward Is A Pleasant Quest That Fails To Cast A Potent Spell. Beyond that, nothing we wrote could have been all that helpful.”. Spoiler alert! Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Copyright 2018 ComicBook.com. It's just as funny and touching as you'd expect from a Pixar movie, but the ending actually upends expectations, taking a few turns before getting to the finish line. Chris Pratt takes a selfie with his Hollywood Walk of Fame star before attending Tuesday's world premiere of Pixar's "Onward" at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. One other scene in the “Onward” finale tugs some heartstrings when in the heat of magical battle, Ian gives up his chance to talk with his resurrected father so Barley can have that precious father/son time. (Photo: PIXAR). 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Barley reveals that he got scared when his dad was on his death bed and never went in to say goodbye. “We don't need to hear what they say. But the dramatization is then you say, what if this was the last guy on Earth you thought would do this? Review: Pixar's charming fantasy 'Onward' mixes laughs and tears with sword and sorcery, 'Onward' stars: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland discuss Pixar brotherhood and being Marvel buddies. RELATED: Pixar's Onward Movie Was Teased In Toy Story 4. Onward is a 2020 American computer-animated urban fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. While Ian never speaks to his father, he gets to briefly see him and is at peace with the happy relationship he's developed with Barley in his father's absence. He might even try to find ways to bond his magical skills with more modern technology, given how he was formerly a member of a science club and has a knack for math. “He's actually a really wonderful, soft-spoken, intelligent computer programmer. (Spoilers!). In that moment, Ian became motivated to finish the job and get their dad back, if only for a few minutes, so that Barley could see him. It seems like the whole point of the quest is to allow Ian to meet their dad, since he died before Ian was born, Barley at least got a couple of memories with their father before his passing. The film ends with Ian using his magical power to make Barley's new van fly. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. This story has details on the ending of Pixar's new movie "Onward," so beware if you haven't seen it yet. The ending of Onward sets up a potentially exciting future for the core characters that could see the further expansion of magic in their world. Two teenage elf brothers voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt go on a journey to spend one last day with their father in Disney's "Onward." After this turn of events, Barley finds the magical Phoenix Gem while Ian realizes that meeting his dad wasn't as important as he believed, because he had someone looking out for him all along. WARNING: This article contains Major Spoilers from Pixar's Onward! But before all that happens – and their dad is resurrected, if just for a brief time – Ian realizes something important: His older bro has been the real parental figure he has needed the whole time. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. He could even make a case for becoming something of a magical archeologist. Or what if this was a guy who frankly was trying to be a parent and not succeeding all that well? 'Onward': Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus hit the red carpet, Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2020/03/07/pixar-onward-spoilers-true-story-behind-emotional-ending/4955271002/. Ian, the brothers' mother Laurel and her new friend the Manticore, aka Corey, hold the dragon at bay using their assorted skills and strengths, eventually working together to drive Corey's enchanted sword into the heart of the dragon. Brandi Carlile co-wrote and performed the end-credits theme "Carried You With Me.". - March 6, 2020 04:15 pm EST. Sort Of, Troll Revenge Film The Columnist Is Provocative, but Lacks Insight, Shazam 2 Will Maintain the Franchise's Comedy, Feature Marvel Family Fight Scenes, Existential Fantasy Film Nine Days Is Thought-Provoking and Life-Affirming, VIDEO: Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains With TERRIBLE Plans. His new expertise has also given him a sense of confidence that he lacked before, helping him find the quiet courage to open up and become friends with some of his peers. Spoilers for Onward ahead.. Spoiler alert! Meanwhile, the mission the brothers went on seems to have had a positive impact on the rest of their family. The pair embrace before the boys' father disappears with the sunset. Onward ends on a bittersweet but happy moment for the main cast, and even sets up an exciting future going forward for the characters. She's shown going out for "girls' nights" with Corey after the climax of the film, suggesting the pair go on quests together to dangerous settings and locations. It suggests that the future of this fantasy world may become a hybrid of modern society and ancient magic, which would be an interesting shift to see play out. It stars the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer. This could be an exciting direction for any future stories within the Onward universe to take, showcasing the kind of adventures that the unlikely pair of friends take on together. This one doesn't arrive where you think it will. Pixar's Onward Ending Explained . (Photo: PIXAR). It's not a scene teasing a sequel or a spin-off, but there is a little bonus surprise at the end of Disney and Pixar's new animated fantasy movie, Onward. The ending of the film even suggests that magic will have a bigger presence going forward for this society -- especially for the core cast of characters who were prompted to go the movie's quest in the first place. Laurel has successfully found the warrior within herself. The film follows elf brothers Ian and Barley, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, as they try to find a source of magic to resurrect their late father before their spell runs out. The conclusion Ian comes to in the movie “absolutely” reflects an epiphany Scanlon had about his sibling, and that aspect of the movie “was the first thing that we came up with,” says the director, whose father died when Scanlon was 1 and his brother was 3. Scanlon decided early on in the process that should just be a moment between Barley and his dad. Co-writer/director Dan Scanlon based his Disney/Pixar animated fantasy (in theaters now) on the father he never knew, as well as the relationship with his own older brother, Bill. Octavia Spencer is the voice of the Manticore. I was so shocked by that. The movie is based on director/co-writer Dan Scanlon losing his own father in childhood. USA TODAY Handout. The audience sees it unfold from Ian’s perspective, watching from afar as the two converse but never hearing their actual discussion. Meanwhile, Barley discovers the Phoenix Gem in the nearby ruins of a construction site and removes it, activating a curse in the form of a massive stone dragon that attacks the brothers while seeking the Phoenix Gem. He would show friends movies I made when I was a kid. On top of that, Barley's deep knowledge of magical creatures and artifacts could become much more impressive now that it's been confirmed to the world that magic definitely still has power in the world. Let us know in the comments! They do find the gem: It has actually been right next to Ian’s high school the whole time, and the building turns into a raging dragon when the precious rock is touched. However, when their quest returns them to where they began, Ian loses faith and tears into his older brother, although he soon regrets his words and realizes just how important Barley has been to him throughout his life. In the end, Barley gets the chance to see his father and say goodbye to him. This destroys the beast and ends the curse on the gem. Notably, Ian and Barley have proven to the world that magic is still a powerful force around them. RELATED: The Simpsons: Playdate With Destiny Short to Play Ahead of Pixar's Onward. Written and directed by Dan Scanlon, Pixar's Onward stars Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer. All rights reserved. Ian has taken to showing off his powers to the rest of his fellow high-school students, potentially inspiring more people to try to learn magic for themselves. Mel Rodriguez is the voice of Officer Colt Bronco, Laurel's boyfriend.