Breaking: First Look at Characters Ian and Barley Lightfoot from Pixar’s Suburban Fantasy Film, ‘Onward’ (In Theaters March 6, 2020)

Pixar has revealed their first look at the upcoming fantasy world of “Onward”. We get a look at the characters of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and more.
Pixar's Onward with Tom Holland (Ian Lightfoot) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Laurel) with Blazey

Pixar has shared (via a People exclusive) a first look at three of the main characters from Onward, featuring the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The two teenage elf brothers, who live in a suburban fantasy world embark on an adventure (in their van “Guinevere”) to see if there’s a little magic left in the world.

Tom Holland’s character, Ian Lightfoot (the younger elf featured in both screencaps), has a hyper-active frequently misbehaving pet dragon named, Blazey. We’re also excited to get a look at Julia’s character, Mom, and Chris’ character, Barley Lightfoot. Ian is said to be a more reserved character, while his Brother (Pratt’s character) is more boisterous in nature. Dan Scanlon, the film’s director also noted that Chris and Tom were able to record some of their lines together.

Pixar's Onward Tom Holland (Ian Lightfoot) and Chris Pratt (Barley Lightfoot)
Ian (voiced by Tom Holland on left) and Barley (voiced by Chris Pratt)

Update May 30, 2019: Pixar has just released an official Onward poster and noted that the first teaser trailer for the film will air tonight (May 30) during the NBA Finals. For all the additional details, including our live YouTube hangout discussing the teaser, click here.

Pixar Onward Movie Poster

What are your thoughts on the first look at the new characters and their designs? Leave a comment below or chat about it with other fans in the Pixar Post Forum thread dedicated to Pixar’s Onward. Also, read even more about the history and what we know about Onward by clicking the Related Posts links below.

We were also thrilled to hear how much humor and heart Dan is infusing into the film — Dan noted in the People Magazine article (on shelves Friday), “I absolutely hope that people are laughing their heads off and crying their eyes out. My hope is some of the questions that I’m asking in the film will be questions other people are asking about their own lives. And I think that’s what a lot of the times gets us to connect to a movie.”

So, what are these questions that Dan is asking the film and how will they connect with viewers’ lives? This has us even more excited to learn more about the film.


Set in a suburban fantasy world, 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. “At Pixar, we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” said Dan Scanlon (Director). “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

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