Finally, Metalheads are getting the representation they deserve thanks to Disney and Pixar. Sure, it may not be a Metal-loving Disney Princess, but it’s definitely close enough.
Onward, the new movie from Disney and Pixar, will be released on March 6 and lovers of Metal finally have some cinematic representation inside the Disney canon in the form of the lovable older brother character Barley, who is never without his beloved battle jacket.
The character’s full name is Barley Lightfoot, which, seeing as Barley is one of the primary ingredients used in making beer, is perfect for a character with a full-on rocker aesthetic. Yep, Barley is fully prepped with spiked wristbands, and a patch jacket that is covered with band names such as Hades, Hydra, Smote, Skull and Quest Master. Naturally, these fictitious bands have edgy metal-looking text. The question is, where can we get our Quest Master jacket patch?
In Onward, Barley (voiced by Chris Pratt) and his younger brother Ian (voiced by Tom Holland) are gifted with a special staff upon the arrival of Ian’s 16th birthday. The boys’ late father left special instructions with their mother, Laurel (voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to save the staff for this moment. They learn that, after reciting a certain spell, they have the power to bring their father back for 24 hours, meaning Ian would get to meet him for the first time.
During this resurrection, something goes awry though and dear old dad is only bought back to life as a set of legs, leaving the brothers to find a way to summon the rest of him while trying to maintain the secret.
Honestly, what is more Metal than carrying around half a body with you everywhere? Not to mention every character is an elf, so that just adds a little more Metal flavour for you.
You can watch the trailer below.