Onward To Be Released Early Online

This whole situation keeps surprising me. It would seem that Disney has set to release Onward online for purchase as of 3/20 for $19.99. The film will also be available for viewing on Disney+ on April 3.

The film unfortunately did not perform very well being released as the virus scare really kicked into high gear. While I’ve not seen the film, it did receive solid reviews and deserved to make its money back. The film’s directors, Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae, were really wanting to see the film back in theaters when they reopen, but putting it up for sale today online, that pretty much kills that option.

I’m not really convinced that this is a good call comparatively because I think this movie could have legs upon theaters reopening and releasing it online today may get the home video purchase from parents and families, but I think that would be there later on just as much.

I also think the drop on Disney+ is really interesting, and the only way this would actually help their service is if they are still struggling to keep their subscribers with the lack of content. I know that has been an issue with the service since the end of The Mandalorian. I know I paused my subscription after that show and The World According to Jeff Goldblum ended their seasons. Onward would make more people interested in returning to it (but I’m a physical media fan so not I!). In that case, it would make sense to save Disney+ with the early inclusion of Onward.

So what do you think? Is putting Onward on home video and Disney+ the right more or is Disney setting up a significant loss of revenue? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

31 Days of Horror Part II: Day 20 – Monsters University (2013)

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Director: Dan Scanlon

Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Screenplay: Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird, Dan Scanlon

104 mins. Rated G.

 

Pixar sequels scare me. I wasn’t a big fan of Toy Story 2. I hated Cars 2. Toy Story 3 was great, but it felt like the exception that proved the rule. When Pixar announced that my favorite property Monsters, Inc. was getting a prequel, I was both shocked and intrigued by the concept. When I discovered that we would be seeing the story of Mike and Sully meeting in college, I was still very confused. Then, I saw it…

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In Monsters University, we get another look into the unique universe that Pixar created where monsters exist and get energy from the screams of children, where a young monster named Mike Wazowski (TV’s The Comedians, When Harry Met Sally…) experiences disapproval by his peers in his attempts to become a professional scarer. But he finds a new rival in fellow student Sully (John Goodman, TV’s Roseanne, The Gambler). When both students are kicked out of the scaring program, they decide to join Oozma Kappa, a failing fraternity, in an effort to win the Annual Scare Games and earn their way back into the scaring program, proving to their judgmental Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren, The Queen, Woman in Gold) that they have what it takes.

Pixar has great timing. Releasing Monsters University at a time when fans of the original film are entering the college portion of their lives is perfection, much in the same way they did with Toy Story 3 a few years previously. Great working of their audience.

The voicework here is phenomenal, getting great work from the veterans as well as new additions Helen Mirren and Nathan Fillion. Charlie Day absolutely steals his scenes.

"MONSTERS UNIVERSITY" (Pictured) SULLEY amongst other MU monsters. ©2013 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Monsters University is a perfect prequel, rarely feeling the need to fall back on referencing the original. For the most part, it blazes a new trail and knows it doesn’t have to embrace a cliché finale.

 

4.5/5

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

 

For more 31 Days of Horror, click here.

For my review of Pete Docter’s Monsters, Inc., click here.

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