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'Onward' will feature a special 'Simpsons' short film

When Toy Story 4 hit theaters last year, there was something a little bit unusual about the way it was presented. For the first time in 25 years, a Pixar film was released to theaters without a short film preceding the feature. That is due, in part, to the launch of Pixar’s SparkShorts program and their new home on Disney+. Today, it has been revealed that next week’s Onward will include a short film after all, although this one is a little different. Onward will offer a short film from the world of The Simpsons.

Per a post on the official Simpsons Instagram, the focus will be on Maggie with a story called “Playdate With Destiny”. Fans will also have a chance for an early look when Onward hits more than 450 theaters nationwide tomorrow for special advance Leap Day screenings. Find a showing near you by clicking here!

Onward begins when teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad. They embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van, Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys’ fearless mom Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior – aka The Manticore (Octavia Spencer) – and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.

Pixar Animation Studios’ all new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, the creative team behind Monsters University.

Look for Onward in theaters everywhere beginning March 6.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.

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