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Disney Pixar Onward – Budget $175 – 200 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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For his 16th birthday, Ian writes a To-Do List to become a New Me.

  • Speak Up
  • Learn to Drive
  • Invite Friends to My Party
  • Be More Like Dad

He is shy and nervous unlike his brother Barley.  Barley loves the game Quest of Yore and historical relics of their ancestors’ magical past.  Barley believes there is a mighty warrior in everyone and he wants Ian to bring his out.  Barley has 3 memories of their dad.  However, Ian has none because their dad, Wilden, died when he was a baby.  After a tough day at school, Ian got nothing on his list accomplished.  So his mom, Laurel, gives Ian something to help.  Before Wilden died, he gave Laurel a gift to give Barley and Ian when they were both older than 16.  Ian and Barley open it to find a wizard’s staff, a Phoenix Gem, and an incantation.  The spell allows them to bring Wilden back to life for one day.  At sunset, he will be gone forever.  Barley tries with all his might to make the spell work but nothing happens.  On a whim, Ian tries and it starts to work.  As Ian continues, the Phoenix gem crumbles.   Barley and Ian see movement in the closet.  The spell worked. However, it only brought the bottom half of their dad back before the Gem shattered.  They decide to hop in Barley’s car, he named Guinevere, and go on a quest to find another Phoenix Gem.  With only 24 hours to bring and see their father, Ian has created a new list of the things he wants to To-Do with Wilden

  • Play Catch
  • Take a Walk
  • Heart to Heart
  • Driving Lesson
  • Share my life with him

With enough time and magic, Ian hopes to create his memories with his father.

If you have lost a parent, especially your father, bring tissues.  Written, directed, and inspired by Dan Scanlon’s life, this movie taps into the true meaning of family and the memories you create with them.  While the story is heartfelt, the quest is adventurous and awe-inspiring.  Another kernel of truth, that you may overlook, is the film’s representation of losing your history for technological advances.  Their world was magical but it was hard to master.  So they created technology.  Now fairies don’t fly, centaurs don’t run, and manticores don’t go on adventures.  The world has lost who they are just like Ian feels lost without his dad.  Your entire family will fall in love with this story and will leave wanting more.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

There is a mighty warrior inside you. You just have to let it out – Barley

What have I done – Corey

He is terrible – Ian

Are you working hard – Colt

I am a mighty warrior – Laurel

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