Have You Heard About the Toy Story 4-Sword In the Stone Joke in Pixar’s ‘Onward?’
One of the things we love about a good Pixar film is all of the little Easter Eggs and subtle Disney tributes you’ll find throughout! Now that Pixar’s Onward is officially out for digital download, we have a little insider joke to be on the lookout for!
According to a recent piece on ScreenRant, the film is filled with little Easter Eggs paying tribute to the fantasy genre including The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. But there’s also a joke that was previously featuring in Toy Story 4!. It has to do with an allusion to King Arthur’s sword Excalibur in The Sword and the Stone.
Based on the Arthurian tale first featured in Robert de Boron’s epic poem Merlin, the tale of “The Sword in the Stone” is alluded to in both Toy Story 4 and Onward using the same culinary joke. Here’s a little clue on where you’ll find the reference. It appears in a scene when Laurel Lightfoot (Ian and Barley’s mother played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) goes on a quest with Corey the Manticore (voiced by Octavia Spencer) to recover a sword known as the Castle Crusher which as legend has it can break curses.
Corey pawned off the sword to pay off some debt and they now must find it at a pawn shop located in a strip mall. Among the stores at the shopping center is a bakery called “The Sword in the Scone.” which in and of itself is hilarious.
What makes it even funnier is that the same joke was introduced in Toy Story 4. Bonnie and her parents are going on a road trip in an RV during which they make a pit stop at a place called the Poultry Palace. If you look closely you’ll see a poster featuring an advertisement for “The Sword in the Scone” hanging in the restaurant window!
If you didn’t have a chance to see Onward before the COVID-19 quarantine then we recommend that you purchase it for digital download or catch it on Disney+ next month. The film is set in a mythical fantasy world where magic was once used widely but has disappeared over the years. Ian Lightfoot (Tom Holland), a timid teenage elf from the town of New Mushroomton, receives a letter, a magic staff, and a rare Phoenix Gem as a gift on his 16th birthday from his deceased father. Along with his older brother Barley (Chris Pratt), the two use the magic items to bring back their deceased father for a single day. However, the spell malfunctions and only brings back their dad from the waist down. To complete the spell, the two elves set out on a quest to find another gem.
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