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Disney's Onward will be released on-demand  before releasing it on Disney+ in April


Disney’s Onward will be released on-demand before hitting Disney+ in April… after the film’s theatrical release was cut short due to COVID-19

The majority of movie theaters across the country are closing in response to CDC guidelines of limiting large gatherings, to try and limit the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

And to cope with the closures Disney has decided to make its the latest release, Pixar’s Onward, available on-demand for viewers who are isolated at home.

The animated film will be released for purchase Friday night and the film giant will go on to make it available on Disney+, April 3.

For all: Disney has decided to make its the latest release, Pixar’s Onward, available on-demand for viewers who are isolated at home

For all: Disney has decided to make its the latest release, Pixar’s Onward, available on-demand for viewers who are isolated at home

Onward was released in theaters nationwide on March 6, just before the U.S. government began encouraging social distancing and put limits on gatherings over 10 people.

The movie has already grossed just over $100 million worldwide on a budget of approximately $200 million.

Chris Pratt, Tom Holland Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer voice main characters in the film following two brothers in a magical world on a quest to bring their father back for just one day.

Onward we go: The animated film will be released for purchase Friday night and the film giant will go on to make it available on Disney+, April 3

Onward we go: The animated film will be released for purchase Friday night and the film giant will go on to make it available on Disney+, April 3

Onward is the latest film that Disney announced an early Disney+ premiere for, after dropping Frozen 2 on the streaming platform over the weekend, ahead of schedule.

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Disney said they released the Frozen sequel early with the intent of ‘surprising families with some fun and joy during this challenging period.’

The studio has also delayed the release of live-action Mulan, Black Widow and New Mutants.

Universal and Warner Bros. are also releasing Emma, Trolls World: World Tour, The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Birds of Prey on-demand early.

A bright line in dark times: Onward was released in theaters nationwide on March 6, just before the U.S. government began encouraging social distancing and put limits on gatherings over 10 people

A bright line in dark times: Onward was released in theaters nationwide on March 6, just before the U.S. government began encouraging social distancing and put limits on gatherings over 10 people

Since social distancing started being highly encouraged last week, and before theaters started closing earlier this week, the entire box office made $55 million last weekend, with Onward leading films making $10 million.

Filming has stopped on most productions around the globe, and TV shows are considering ending their seasons early as the coronavirus continues to rise in numbers.

As of Friday, over 200,000 people worldwide are infected and global deaths have passed 10,000. 

The main man: Chris Pratt, seen with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, is the star of the film

The main man: Chris Pratt, seen with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, is the star of the film



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