Since movie theaters across the country are shut down due to COVID-19, Pixar will digitally release Onward much earlier than usual, during the same month it opened in theaters. Starting Friday, March 20, you can buy this movie on Google Play, Vudu, Movies Anywhere, and more. It will also be available on Disney+ early, on April 3.
Especially when compared to Pixar's best, there's definitely stuff to nitpick in the studio's latest, Onward. Fair? Maybe, but then again, even Pixar movies can have a hard time living up to Pixar movies. But to focus on Onward's benign, minor missteps—none of which detract from the story's surprisingly emotional arc—is to miss the bigger picture. Funny and wholly original, it's a fantasy adventure that digs into something nearly all of us know but rarely talk about: How the memory of an absent family member can hang over the lives of the living.by Erik Henriksen