{4/5} “Long ago, the world was full of wonder. It was adventurous. It was exciting. And most of all, there was magic.”

Onward, released in 2020

Ian is turning 16 and wanted to invite some friends over for a party but doesn’t quite do it. He also doesn’t quite get onto the freeway during his driving lesson. His mom gives him and his brother Barley a present from their dad, who passed away many years ago — it turns out to be a wizard’s staff. Ian uses it to bring their dad back from the dead for one day — except it’s just his bottom half. In a world that has forgotten magic, they have one day to find a phoenix gem to power the staff.

This is Pixar’s latest animated movie. It’s enjoyable, but it’s not one of their masterpieces.

The ending was great, but the middle didn’t quite captivate me as much as I wanted it to. The “quest” was a bit too random for my taste — they could have easily been wrong about the trail they were following.

It’s funny, and has a nice message.

Stars the voices of Tom Holland, Christ Pratt, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University). The music is by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna.

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