Set in a suburban fantasy world where humans don't exist, and populated with elves, trolls, and sprites, where unicorns are as common as rodents, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic in the world in order to spend a day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.
- Chris Pratt as Ian Lightfoot
- Tom Holland as Barley Lightfoot
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Mom
- Octavia Spencer
In July 2017, Pixar announced a "suburban fantasy world" film at the D23 Expo, with Scanlon directing and Rae producing. The film is inspired by Scanlon's father's death when Scanlon and his brother were younger, and their relationship. Scanlon decided to write the story after hearing an audio clip of his father. On December 12, 2018, the title was revealed along with the cast: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer. C. S. Anderson was announced as Scanlon's co-writer.
Onward is scheduled to be released on March 6, 2020 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
On May 29, 2019, two stills from the film, featuring Barley, Ian and their mother, were revealed. The following day, the film's teaser poster was released, and the teaser trailer debuted during ABC's broadcast of the 2019 NBA Finals.