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Disney Pixar's magical new family adventure Onward hits cinemas tomorrow - here’s what to expect

We’re giving away a family break to celebrate its release.

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DISNEY PIXAR HAS never held back in its creation of magical storylines. 

From a man who uses helium balloons to fly his house to another country in Up, to toys that come to life when you’re not looking in Toy Story, Disney Pixar films have delved into a whole new realm of imagination time and time again. 

And that doesn’t change for its latest release, fantasy adventure film Onward

To celebrate its release, we’re giving away a family break to Co Limerick – find out the details here

Landing in cinemas tomorrow, March 6, Onward follows the story of two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, as they embark on a quest to discover if there’s any magic left in the world in order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. 

Recognise the voices in the trailer? Ian, the youngest brother, is voiced by Spider Man actor Tom Holland, while Barley is voiced by Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt. 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes on the role of Ian and Barely’s mother, Laurel, and Octavia Spencer joins the cast as Corey, a giddy restaurant owner who helps the two brothers on their quest. 

So, how does this quest come about? Well, on Ian’s 16th birthday his mother tells him that his father left a present to be opened on that day – a wizard’s staff. To Ian and Barley’s surprise, the staff is accompanied by a spell that will bring their father back for 24 hours. 

“I wrote this spell so I could see for myself who my boys grow up to be,” reads a letter he wrote.

However, when the pair try to carry out the spell, they end up only bringing back their father’s legs. With the clock ticking, Ian and Barley set off on an adventure to try to find a way to bring the rest of him back before the time is up. 

Ahead of its release, the heartwarming tale is already making waves. As reported by Slate, Onward features Disney Pixar’s first openly gay character – a police officer voiced by Lena Waithe. “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out,” Waithe’s character, Officer Spector, says in the film. 

As for what the critics have to say, Empire gives Onward five stars. “In every way, it’s pure, perfect Pixar – a film with such warmth, whip-smart humour and creative energy that it’s a sheer joy to spend a few hours in its presence,” writes Ben Travis. 

“Add in the easy charm and charismatic riffing of Holland and Pratt, with top-tier visual comedy right through to the curse-battling climax, and it might be the studio’s wittiest movie since Monsters, Inc or The Incredibles.”

Want to see it for yourself? Onward comes to cinemas on March 6. Book your tickets – and experience the magic – here. Plus, find out how you can be in with a chance of winning a fun-filled family break here.

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