Disney Releasing ‘Onward’ On Digital Today

The Pixar Film Comes To Disney+ In April

This morning saw Disney announce that they were no longer releasing global box office figures while theaters are closed due to the pandemic.  That no-brainer move also puts to an end the two-week streak of Onward at the top of the charts, albeit with figures far less than we expect out of Pixar. Instead, it will go on to be a leader in a different way, by hitting digital today, months earlier than expected.

Disney has revealed that Onward will be made available digitally today, similar to what we saw from Frozen II, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, and others. Not only that, but the fantastical roadtrip movie will make its way to Disney+ on April 3rd, just one month from its theatrical release.

Look, all of these movies are unprecedented at this point. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused an evolution in the Hollywood model, one that may last long after this situation resolves. But it’s also just a means for these studios to make the best of a terrible circumstance. On that front, it’s also a good way for movie fans to still get the new content they need to help get away from our stressful reality. Good move, Disney, and all others that are taking similar steps.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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