If you missed your chance to catch Pixar’s Onward in theaters, there’s good news! You can now catch it on Disney+. The film was first released in theaters on March 6, just before coronavirus shutdown movie theaters across the country, grossing only $104 million worldwide. This left Pixar with the difficult decision to either pull the film and re-release it at a later date or to start streaming the film online.
Disney announced on March 20 that the film would be available to rent for $19.99 on VOD sites such as Apple, Amazon, and VUDU. If you were planning on seeing Onward in theaters, this was still only a fraction of what you would have spent for your entire family to watch in theaters. However, Disney also announced that the film would be featured on its own streaming platform, Disney+, starting April 3.
Onward is the first original blockbuster from Pixar in three years and was highly anticipated. Yet it went through one of the worst box office weekends since 1995 due to the pandemic sweeping across the world. The decision to pull the film and move it straight to streaming was not taken lightly. However, with Disney’s jammed-packed schedule of releases this summer, there were serious scheduling conflicts. Instead of conflicting with other major films scheduled, Disney made the decision to simply try to get as much money as they could from the film by breaking every tradition in the industry.
Disney+ is quickly becoming one of the must-have streaming services. With over 500 movies and 7,000 episodes of popular TV shows, you’re sure to find something to watch. Find content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, original shows, and more. The service costs $6.99 per month with no contract, meaning you can cancel at any time. You can even start watching Disney + today with a free trial.