*Only once is all we get. Grant me this rebirth. Til tomorrow’s sun is set – one day to walk the Earth – Magical spell from “Onward”
Inspired by personal experiences, “Onward” tracks 16-year-old Ian Lightfoot (voice of Tom Holland) who yearns for the father he lost. When a magical gift allows him and his brother Barley (voice of Chris Pratt) to conjure their dad – or half him – Ian’s dreams of getting the fatherly advice he’s always sought just might come true.
EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas sat down with the Pixar filmmakers and talked about magic, voices and bridges.
Q: Who is Mr. Lightfoot? Who is the voice of dad?
Kelsey Mann (Head of Story): …Who is dad? … That is what Ian Lightfoot (voiced by Tom Holland) is asking. ‘Who is dad?’ He doesn’t know who his dad is. And that’s where this [idea] came from…Dan asking and wondering who his dad was.
Q: If magic did exist and you could ask a loved one who has passed away a question, what would you ask them?
Paul Conrad (Graphic Art Director): I’d want to ask her, ‘how am I doing’ and I’d also want to know her fried chicken recipes!
Q: Why was it important to have emotion as one of the rules of magic?
Louise Smythe (Story Artist): Pixar’s philosophy when it comes to making movies is we really want to connect with audiences emotionally because it’s a universal thing. It’s something everyone has in common. When you connect with a story at its emotional core…everyone can share what they were feeling about that.
Dan Scanlon (Director): A personal true story is probably going to connect to a lot of people who are holding onto a personal true story. It’s a wonderful thing that happens when you tell your truth and it uncovers other people to tell theirs.
Q: The Trust Bridge was brought to life through the art, camera and lighting. What was it like working on the drawbridge?
Jonathan Pytko (Lighting Supervisor): During the virtual reality Trust Bridge experience …I’m not great with heights so looking over the edge of the bridge…it was definitely like, ‘ooh, I’m starting to feel it!’
Adam Habib (Director of Photography):…It’s amazing how we take it for granted…and we’re like, ‘okay I’m in a conference room, I’m putting on this [headset]and I know it’s all not real but your body just suddenly has this response and you catch your stuff walking in really small steps to the edge [of the virtual reality Trust Bridge experience].
Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” opens in theaters on March 6th.
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