In fact, it may be successfully argued that even the flicks that do not dwell as much as the best entries in Pixar’s catalog are nonetheless going to be a reduce above your common animated fare, and the vast majority of critics felt that Onward was a superbly positive animated comedy with the requisite quantity of heartstring-tugging. Additionally, clearly, it appears spectacular; no one ever accused Pixar of chopping corners in relation to animation.

“Scanlon has crafted an journey that gleefully flies excessive with its fantasy components, but by no means loses contact with its grounded household story,” wrote Kristy Puchko of IGN. “Plus, it has a sensational pace that keeps the adventure rollicking and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats… a terrifically entertaining tale filled with humor, heart, and allusions that are sure to delight fantasy fans.”

Many reviewers were a bit more reserved in their praise, alluding to Onward‘s failure to hit the storied heights of Pixar’s greatest while still acknowledging its strengths. “Onward simply doesn’t have the same emotional, dramatic or comedic power as the best of Pixar,” wrote CBR‘s Cynthia Vinney. “[It’s] a minor entry within the Pixar canon… a superbly nice method to go the time.”

Total, although, Onward obtained kudos for the performances of Holland, Pratt, and Spencer specifically, and for finally hitting these acquainted, emotional notes we crave from Pixar. “No matter its shortcomings, Onward remains to be an amusingly intelligent piece of household leisure with a tangible coronary heart on the heart of its ebook of spells,” wrote Den of Geek‘s David Crow. “This is perhaps Pixar on an off-day, however even then it looks like spending high quality time with an expensive beloved one.”