Pixar’s “Onward” Trailer Feels Like “Full Metal Alchemist” Meets “Weekend at Bernie’s”

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Disney/Pixar just released a new trailer for it’s upcoming new “Onward” film.

The description reads:

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.” “Onward” releases in theaters on March 6, 2020.

Now that I’m seeing more of it I am getting strong Full Metal Alchemist and Weekend at Bernie’s Vibes.

For those unfamiliar Full Metal Alchemist is where two brothers use magic to try and bring back their deceased mother. Unfortunately, due to the laws of equivalent exchange, the results are one brother losing an arm and the other losing his body (but he’s in a robot suit so it’s okay.) They set off to find a way to “fix” their situation. It’s a good show. I personally prefer the newest version though.

Weekend at Bernie’s is when two guys go to stay at Bernie’s place but Bernie is dead so they try to make everyone think he is alive through a series of comedic turns.

I am definitely getting those vibes with this trailer.

In Onward, the brother’s inherit their deceased father’s magical staff. With it he can return to see them for one day.

Apparently something goes wrong and only 1/2 of him comes back. So they have 24 hours to bring him fully back and in the mean time they add a “dummy” to his upper half.

I’m not sold on this story yet. I don’t think it’s completely terrible and it looks like it has some funny parts. I think what’s throwing me off is that it feels more like a Dreamworks movie than a Pixar film. Again, it’s too early to say.  Because to be totally fair, I was not sold on Frozen 2 until I saw the final trailer, and then I was into it.

On the positive side I can appreciate the design of the van. Plus people are excited because Spiderman’s Tom Holland is in it and I too like Tom Holland, but I will have to see more to be 100% into this one.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

 

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