Walt Disney Studios announced Pixar’s Onward will be available to purchase digitally starting tonight before debuting on Disney Plus in early April.
With theaters across the world closing in order to prevent group gatherings in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, studios are finding themselves with limited means of earning revenue from their recently released titles. As a result, some studios have opted to make recently released films available on digital platforms and now Disney had made the same decision with Pixar’s Onward.
Today, Walt Disney Studios announced Pixar’s Onward will be available to purchase on digital platforms in the U.S. starting today at 5:00 PM PST /8:00 PM EST for $19.99 before debuting on Disney+ on April 3 in the United States. Director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae made the following statement on the decision to release the film digitally for families to enjoy as they remain indoors during this crisis:
“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.”
Onward star Chris Pratt also took to his official Twitter account to announce the news.
Exciting news✨ #PixarOnward is ON DIGITAL NOW in the US! Available on Disney+ April 3. So if you and your family didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters, now you can watch it from the comfort and safety of your… https://t.co/MKA64NHrw3
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) March 20, 2020
Here is the official synopsis for Disney and Pixar’s Onward:
In “Onward,” teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad, embarking on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys’ fearless mom Laurel (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior – aka The Manticore (voice of Octavia Spencer) – and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.
Directed by Dan Scanlon from a script he co-write with Jason Headley and Keith Bunin, Disney and Pixar’s Onward features the voice talents of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Kyle Bornheimer, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Grey Griffin, Tracey Ullman, Wilmer Valderrama, George Psarras, and John Ratzenberger.
Onward was released in theaters on March 6, 2020.