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In Onward, brothers Ian and Barley use magic to bring back their dad. He died when they were young. But their first try at the spell brings back only half of him. The brothers must find another spell to make him whole. Along the way, they meet Corey. She’s a manticore. That’s a winged creature with the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion.

Octavia Spencer voices Corey. She spoke to TFK Kid Reporter Alexis Bumah about the brothers. “They are kids embarking on a quest,” Spencer says. “It’s about magic and fun.”

Spencer describes Onward as uplifting and adventurous. The animated film is in theaters now.