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Category: Edition 2020

Ian, an elf who lost his father before he was born, is shy and introverted and is convinced that if he had grown up with his father, he would now be much more confident. His older brother Barley, on the other hand, is a big, burly and boisterous 19-year-old elf who would like to teach Ian to live but only causes him problems. On his sixteenth birthday, Ian receives a special gift from his mother: a stick and a gem from his father that will give the boys the opportunity to spend a day with him. The spell does not go according to plan and the boys inadvertently destroy the gem before the process ends: they can only evoke the father's legs. Now they only have 24 hours to find another gem and try to summon their father before he disappears forever. On board Barley’s van the two brothers embark on a venture that will test their relationship.

Original Title ONWARD
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 103'
Production Year 2020
Nationality USA
Directed by Dan Scanlon
Screenplay Dan Scanlon, Jason Headley, Keith Bunin
Director of photography Sharon Calahan, Asc, Adam Habib
Editor Catherine Apple
Supervising animator Michael Stockerrob, Duquette Thompson
Production Design Noah Klocek
Music Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna
Italian Voices Sabrina Ferilli
Fabio Volo
Raul Cremona
David Parenzo
Produced by Kori Rae

Born 1976, Michigan. He graduated with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1998. He was an animator for the short THE INDESCRIBABLE NTH and the feature JOSEPH: KING OF DREAMS. He served as a storyboard artist for THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA and 101 DALMATIANS II: PATCH'S LONDON ADVENTURE. In 2001 he joined Pixar, where he was a storyboard artist for CARS and TOY STORY 3. In 2006 he co-directed along with John Lasseter the short film MATER AND THE GHOSTLIGHT. In 2009 he wrote and directed a live-action feature film, TRACY. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013) was his first animated feature film as a director.

Director's statement
“The story is inspired by my own relationship with my brother and our connection with our dad who passed away when I was about a year old. He’s always been a mystery to us. A family member sent us a tape recording of him saying just two words: ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye.’ Two words. But to my brother and me—it was magic. That was the jumping-off point. We’ve all lost someone, and if we could spend one more day with them—what an exciting opportunity that would be. We knew that if we wanted to tell that story we’d have to set the movie in a world where you could have that incredible opportunity”.


Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios

Italian distribution
festival contact
The Walt Disney Company Italia