Your Guide To Pixar's Elemental

January 6th, 2023Your Guide To Pixar's Elemental

ELEMENTAL opens in theatres June 16th

When it comes to Pixar, there have been plenty of films that have made fans laugh, smile and cry all at the same time, from some of their earlier hits like the TOY STORY, to their newest additions, like 2022’s LIGHTYEAR or even 2017’s COCO. And in 2023, Pixar is set to take fans into a whole new world – full of earth, air, fire and water.

No, this is not the new “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie that is in the works. Rather, Pixar is bringing ELEMENTAL to theatres in 2023. Since the project was revealed, we’ve learned some exciting things about the upcoming movie, including when you can see it playing at your favorite AMC Theatres location. The following is a breakdown of the things that we know about ELEMENTAL.

Coming To Theatres June 16

Thankfully, for those who like to see Pixar movies on the big screen, that’s where ELEMENTAL is headed. While the releases of SOUL, LUCA and TURNING RED happened on Disney+, fans are going to be able to head to their favorite theatre to watch ELEMENTAL.

ELEMENTAL is set to release on June 16, 2023. That isn’t that far away, and only a few weeks before, another big animated movie comes out – SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE. So it looks like June is already going to be a huge month for animated movies.

Fire, Water, Earth And Air Coexist

What could go wrong in a city where fire, water, earth and air have learned to coexist? And what happens when two opposing elements end up finding out they have a lot more in common than they thought? That’s what ELEMENTAL looks to answer.

In an article from Variety, ELEMENTAL asks the question, “what if the classic elements that we all knew were alive and lived together in a city?” In this, the viewers meet Wade, a man made of water and Ember, a woman made of fire – two young adults living in the city. And eventually, through sheer circumstances, despite being different elements, they discover that they have a lot more in common on the inside than they realized.

Stars Leah Lewis And Mamoudou Athie

While the main cast list for ELEMENTAL has been kept pretty under wraps for some time, fans can be assured that the two stars of the film have been picked, and those are Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie. The two actors will be voicing Ember and Wade, respectively.

Athie actually had the chance to speak to Entertainment Weekly about the role at D23 2022, saying that it was “near and dear” to his heart, and that he was so honored to be a part of it. Lewis also said that the reason she joined the film was that the director gave her a story that felt “so honest,” and that she related so much to the character Ember overall.

The two actors have each been in multiple different movies and TV shows. Lewis was in the Netflix film, THE HALF OF IT, and was also on the CW show, “Nancy Drew.” Athie was the star of the Netflix series, “Archive 81,” and was in several movies including JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION, FRONT RUNNER, THE CIRCLE and more.

Directed By Peter Sohn

ELEMENTAL is going to be in good hands at Pixar, as the person who is taking the reins of the movie has been in Pixar for some time. Peter Sohn is going to be directing the movie. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Sohn has already done a lot for the animation company.

Not only has Sohn already directed a Pixar film before – THE GOOD DINOSAUR – but he also has done voice work for several other Pixar films, including LIGHTYEAR, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, and RATATOUILLE. As this is his second directorial feature, it’ll be exciting to see what he brings to the table.

Sohn spoke about his connection with ELEMENTAL at the Disney Content Showcase in Singapore (via a Variety). In addition to speaking about how being the son of immigrants and his perspective on his parents influenced the story idea, Sohn also discussed how his relationship with his partner inspired him:

“I married someone that wasn’t Korean, and there was a lot of culture clash with that in my world. And that brought to me to this idea of finding opposites. And the question of what if fire fell in love with water came.

Truly, it sounds like ELEMENTAL is going to be a blast and that there’s a lot of love and thought put behind the movie. It’s one of numerous exciting looking animated films coming in 2023, and it's sure going to be a splash when it opens into theaters on June 16, 2023. Be sure to be there in your local AMC theatre when ELEMENTAL finds its ways to a movie screen.

ELEMENTAL opens in theatres June 16th

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