Update, April 3, 2020, (6:44AM ET): Onward is now available to stream via Disney Plus, as promised. The latest Pixar animated movie dropped on the streaming service less than a month after it was released to theaters.
The movie is still available to purchase outright via digital download for $19.99. This is for the full purchase of the film, and is not a rental. You can buy it via Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and Vudu.
Original story: March 20, 2020, 10:37 a.m. ET – The coronavirus outbreak has shuttered most movie theaters. As a result, the recently released Disney Pixar movie Onward only got a couple of weeks in theaters. Today, Disney announced Onward will be released to digital outlets for $19.99 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time. However, you can also wait a couple of weeks and watch Onward on Disney Plus when it drops on the service April 3.
In its press release, Disney admitted it was offering this movie early to digital platforms because theaters are “currently impacted by closures due to the global health crisis.”
What is Onward?
Directed by Dan Scanlon, who previously directed Monsters University, Onward takes place in a fantasy world filled with elves, monsters, and more creatures. This land also once had tons of magic users. Now, magic is largely unused as technology has taken over this land. However, two elven brothers, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, find a magical staff and gem that can resurrect their dead father for one day. Due to an issue with the gem, the staff only brings back the father’s lower body half. The two brothers must go on a quest to find another gem to complete the spell, and see their dad again, before the day ends.
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The decision to release Onward via digital outlets early comes just a few days after Disney dropped Frozen II on Disney Plus three months ahead of schedule.
Will you buy Onward tonight or wait a couple of weeks before it debuts on Disney Plus?