In what’s turning into a growing trend, Disney announced today that it’s cutting the theater-run of Onward short and will release it in the U.S. tonight for digital purchase. And if you’re a Disney+ subscriber, you’ll be excited to hear Onward will hit the streaming service on April 3rd.
Update, 4/3: Onward is now available on Disney+.
Onward is the latest movie from Pixar, and it has a unique premise for the studio. While set in a land of fantasy filled with unicorns and dragons, the world is more like our own than you’d first thing. Magic has died out, and so you’ll find modern sensibilities like houses, electricity, cars, and the like.
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The movie stars two brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who attempt to use magic to bring their back from the dead for a quick 24-hour visit. But the spell goes wrong, and they only bring back half of their dad—the uh, bottom half, from the waist down.
And so begins a road trip to fix the spell and bring back the rest of dad before the 24-hour period expires. And ironically, a road trip is out of the question right now, thanks to the effects of the coronavirus. Theaters are shutting down all over the nation as people go into self-isolation to slow the spread of the virus.
So, Disney and Pixar will cut Onward’s road trip short—and offer the movie for digital purchase starting tonight. And if you have Disney+, you can look forward to seeing in on the service starting April 3rd.