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ONWARD (and a bit backwards): The Pixar Vehicle Experience at the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow

February 14, 2020

By John Corrado

Walt Disney Studios Canada is bringing ONWARD (and a bit backwards): The Pixar Vehicle Experience to the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow, which is running from February 14th to 23rd at Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. The exhibit brings together vehicles from three Pixar films; the already iconic Lightning McQueen from the Cars trilogy and Duke Caboom’s motorcycle from Toy Story 4, as well as the soon-to-be-iconic van Guinevere from their upcoming film Onward, which provides the centrepiece of the exhibit.

Coming to theatres on March 5th, Onward is set in a suburban fantasy world and follows two elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt), who get a chance to bring their father back to life for one more day using magic. But there is a mishap with the spell and only his legs appear, sending them on a quest to bring the rest of him back before time runs out. The van, which is adorned with crescent moons and unicorns and is lovingly referred to as Guinevere, is Barley’s prized possession, and it has been recreated incredibly well here with this operational, life-size replica.

When you look at it up close, and you will get a chance to if you come to the AutoShow, the detail on it is exceptional, right down to the stickers on the back, pieces of duct tape holding parts of it together, and even splashes of mud on the sides and some rust around the edges. The van is complimented by cutouts of Ian and Barley along with their dad’s legs, which provide great photo ops. Also fun to take pictures with is the larger than life standee of Canada’s favourite stuntman Duke Caboom standing guard over his red and white motorcycle, and the life-size Lightning McQueen, who has been brought around to other events and is always fun to see.

I had a lot of fun checking out ONWARD (and a bit backwards): The Pixar Vehicle Experience during the media preview yesterday, and I have included a selection of photos from the exhibit below. More info and tickets to the Canadian International AutoShow can be found on their website right here.

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