Berlin: Director Dan Scanlon Discusses Pixar’s ‘Onward,’ and His Michigan Inspiration

Pixar’s “Onward” saw its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and the film’s director, Dan Scanlon, and producer, Kori Rae, talked to the press at the festival about the film, which follows brother elves on a magical quest to reconnect with their late father.

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt voice the brothers who travel through a world in which mythical creatures inhabit a world that’s just like early 21st century America, complete with the customized van the brothers travel in.

Pic gets its North American release March 5.Scanlon and Rae previously paired on 2013’s “Monsters University.”“Onward’s” story was inspired by Scanlon’s own experience of longing to connect with his own dad, who died when he was just a year old.

The suburb where young elf siblings Ian and Barley live was initially modeled on his hometown of Clawson, Michigan, but it quickly

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