Pixar has made movies about toys, fish, robots in space and cars. Now the hit animation studio is venturing into the world of fathers and sons with Onward.

Although set in a fantasy world populated by elves, unicorns, pixies and centaurs, the story is deeply personal for writer and director Dan Scanlon.

Onward, which opens in Australia at the end of March, is the story of elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who on Ian’s 16th birthday are given a magic wand to bring their long dead father back to life for a day.

Ian Lightfoot, voiced by Tom Holland, in a scene from Onward.

Ian Lightfoot, voiced by Tom Holland, in a scene from Onward.

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However, the spell goes wrong and their dad returns only from the waist down, leaving the brothers with a pair of animated trousers without the ability to speak or see, unless they can find another magical object to summon up the remainder of their father.



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