The On The Way Movie
TAM poster 4
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rich Moore
Produced by George Lucas
Xavier Mosley
Mike Scully
Tim Long
Screenplay by Mike Reiss
Xavier Mosley
Jon Vitti
John Cohen
David A. Goodman
Based on On The Way
by Xavier Mosley
Starring Xavier Mosley
Isabela Moner
Tucker Albrizzi
Ariel Winter
Kate McKinnon
Seth MacFarlane
Music by Hans Zimmer
Edited by John Carnochan
Production companies Smashup Productions
Columbia Feature Animation
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date May 19, 2028 (Corpus Christi)
June 9, 2028 (United States)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The On The Way Movie is a 2028 American animated adventure comedy film based on the Fox television series On The Way. The film is directed by Rich Moore and stars the regular cast of Xavier Mosley, Isabela Moner, Tucker Albrizzi, Ariel Winter, Ty Burrell, Jenny Slate, Jacob Hopkins, Nicole Sullivan, and Danny Smith; with the exception of Stephen Tobolowsky. The cast is joined alongside Kate McKinnon and Seth MacFarlane. The film follows Lawrence, who gets ready to leave Corpus to go back to his hometown, but Jake and Gillan try to stop him from leaving. As he boards his bus, they stowaway, unfortunately at their surprise, they took the wrong bus to New York, where escapees Sylvia Marie and Jack Derrin lay low and get revenge on the Boys.

The film was supposed to be the eighth film for two more sequels to the Reel FX film series, but was changed to be the sixth after Mosley had no ideas of what the two others films would be about, then had removed two more of the Reel FX films to make it the fourth, then became the first film in the franchise.

The film premiered in Corpus Christi, Texas on May 19, 2028, and was released in the United States on June 9, by Columbia Pictures, distributed outside its production banner and produced by its debuting animation division.


The school year has ended at Flower Bluff High, and Sherrie plans her summer party at her house. At the Richard residence, it is the seventeenth birthday of Flo and the Boys and Sherrie are the only guests there. Her presents are Lawrence giving her a formula from a syringe that has her that same height as the Boys, Jake and Gillan giving her a novelty Blueyonder & Companion bag, and Sherrie giving her a DVD copy of Fifty Layers of Glaze. Later on, Lawrence packs his belongings for his return to Prescott, Arizona to reconcile his parents. He informs Jake and Gillan about his priority, in which leads them to become to distraught and convince him to stay, but he resists their attempts. The following month, Gillan, Jake, Flo, the MacLaynes and the high school attendants are out giving their goodbyes to Lawrence. After their goodbyes, his bus arrives. As he boards it, it departs. After the bus leaves, Jake and Gillan are missing from the group, as they, too, have boarded the bus and stowaway on their trip to Prescott. As the bus stops, Lawrence exits, so do Jake and Gillan, much to his surprise. They then discover that they have arrived in New York City. There, escapees Sylvia Marie and Jack Derrin have broken out of jail.

Back in Corpus, Sherrie finds Flo sleeping the Boys' doorstep waiting for Jake and Gillan to come to the door, so she could ask them for some donuts. After a few attempts to come out, including name calling, Sherrie breaks open the door and she and Girls find the duo, only to find a recorded message that Gillan and Jake had stowed away on the bus that Lawrence had boarded to Prescott. Then, Flo's phone rings, and Lawrence is on the line. He explains that he and the duo had taken the bus to New York, as he forgot to say where he wanted to go to the bus driver, so he enlists the Girls to come to New York to bring them back.

In Manhattan, the Boys walk around the city, with Lawrence leading the way with his watch, equipped with tracking mode that has given the Girls' coordinates. The criminals secretly follow their trail in order to and kill them. Later at night, the Girls spend the night to rest and continue in the morning. The next day, Lawrence wakes up to find the duo gone. He then finds them at the top of Rockefeller Center. Up there, they look through skyline binoculars searching down to spot the Girls if they come. He brings them down and is infuriated by their ditching, so he makes them promise to stay by his side, which they do. With the Girls, the back of Flo's head bleeps, revealing a tracking chip that was hidden inside of Flo's scrunchy. Sherrie contacts Lawrence about it, and explains that it was to be useful to find Flo one day if she was lost. He then explains that it will guide him and the others to them. Both of them continue driving to find the Boys. Overhearing the conversation, Sylvia and Jack follow the Girls instead, leading them straight to the Boys. Jake and Gillan prank Lawrence into taking a shortcut in the alley, which he declines, however both of them go in. After they do so, gunshots were heard, which makes Lawrence go in to find the laying bodies of his friends, which they both get up and have pranked him for fun. Lawrence then strangles Jake, then Gillan grabs Jake free from Lawrence's grasp. Lawrence is outraged for their ignorant behavior on the whole journey, and blames them for stowing away in the first place, which causes the trio to go their separate ways. After doing so, both Jake and Gillan get captured by Sylvia and Jack. The Girls find Lawrence, and the three learn from a call from Jake's phone that Sylvia and Jack are holding the duo for ransom, making Lawrence go back to save them.

Jake and Gillan are being held hostage in a transit bus, stolen by the criminals. They stop at the Brooklyn Bridge to find Lawrence and the Girls. Sherrie holds a bag and approaches to gives it to them. As she does, she knocks Jack out with it, and pins Sylvia down to the floor to give Lawrence time to save the duo. The five teenager flee to the car, after Sherrie puts Sylvia unconscious in the process. However, Jack regains consciousness and goes after the five. Lawrence and Jake ride a moped that was hidden on the other side of the sports car. Jack then chases them down. After losing him, both of them ride up the steps of Guggenheim Museum and make a jump off the roof and plummet, but are saved by Gillan's grapple gun, which Jake had taken after the rescue. He and Lawrence are faced off with Jack, who prepares to shoot them, but is knocks unconscious again by Sherrie. In the aftermath, Sylvia and Jack are arrested by the NYPD, and the Boys reconcile and return home with Flo and Sherrie.

Back in Corpus, Lawrence enters his lab, and goes through a gallery of memories shown on a hologram screen. He then feels guilty for his departure. He later boards his bus after saying goodbye to the people from before. Then another Lawrence steps out of his lab, who is the real Lawrence that had created a clone of himself with all the memories, except the trip to New York, to go back to Prescott rather than his original, so that he could stay in Corpus with his friends. Everyone cheers for Lawrence staying, then he shares a kiss from Flo. Sherrie invites everyone to her house for a celebration party. At the party, the students and adults party with a band on stage playing. It ends with Lawrence attempting to ride the crowd wave, but falls off the stage as eyes were closed hoping for a catch.


Main article: List of On The Way characters

Voice actor

Credited roles Uncredited roles
Xavier Mosley Lawrence Walters, Jake Miller Lab A.I.
Tucker Albrizzi Gillan Karen
Isabela Moner Flo Richard, Fea Richard
Ariel Winter Sherrie MacLayne
Kate McKinnon Sylvia Marie
Seth MacFarlane Jack Derrin
Lacey Chabert Bertha
Ty Burrell Todd MacLayne
Jenny Slate Edna Benton
Jacob Hopkins Reggie Wilkins
Hank Azaria Leon
Nicole Sullivan Laura Mora Richard
Danny Smith Albert Richard
Tara Strong Lisa
Chris Edgerly Bus Driver
Harry Shearer News Reporter


The film was originally to be the eighth film, but became the fourth film, as the Partners in Crime was supposed to be the sequel to Home Save Home in the Reel FX Animation Studios film series, and to have a sequel and two stand-alone sequels, but Home Save Home, Partners in Crime II, and the untitled films were scrapped.

The film was also supposed to be the third in the series, until the live-action films were scrapped and the series came first, thus making this film the first in the series.


Rough Draft Studios does the film's animation. Creator Xavier Mosley originally wanted to have the film use animation by Mercury Filmworks, who provided animation for the first two films, including Toon Boom Harmony, animation provider on the series' first season.


Christopher Lennertz was original chosen to compose the film's score. Instead, he was replaced by Hans Zimmer. In various scenes, actual music such as Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", The Turtles' "Happy Together", and Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" are used in the film.


Columbia Pictures releases the film on June 9, 2028.

The film is rated PG-13 for "irrelevant humor and suggestive content".


Burger King was chosen to promote the film with commercials of Flo as a taste-tester for three Whoppers: the original Whopper, the Double Whopper, and the Whopper Jr., and Jake and Gillan annoy Sherrie, as she is eating. Jimmy Kimmel Live! features an episode with a segment focusing on Lawrence bringing Kimmel to his laboratory via teleporter to interview him, as a promotion to the film and celebration of the 10th anniversary. Hasbro releases a line of action figures of the five characters.

Home media

The film will released on Digital HD on September 12, 2028, and DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD on December 12, 2028. The DVD contains commentary from the creator and writers, three deleted scenes and galleries of concept art and character posters. The Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD releases include six more deleted scenes and behind the scenes featurettes.


Critical reception

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 86% based on 127 reviews and an average rating of 8/10. The critical consensus reads: "The On The Way Movie takes on more heart and less laughs, makes several callbacks to the show, and is the most heartwarming." Metacritic scores the film of 74 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". CinemaScore grades the film an "A–" on an A+ to F scale.


The On The Way Movie wins an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, Directing in an Animated Feature Production for Rich Moore, and Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for Isabela Moner.

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