Disney/Pixar’s ‘Elemental’ Premieres Next Weekend

Elemental Scene
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The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios will debut a new adventure next week on May 27, 2023. During the closing night of the Cannes Film Festival, Disney/Pixar will release the world premiere of their new feature film Elemental (2023).

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After Lightyear (2022) and Strange World (2022) underperformed at the box office last year, Elemental (2023) has a lot riding on it.

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What’s Elemental (2023) About?

The story takes place in a vibrant place called Element City and revolves around the friendship between Ember, a quick-witted young woman, and Wade, a  fun-loving and sentimental boy. Pixar Animation describes Elemental (2023) as the following: In a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: How much they actually have in common.


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Elemental (2023) Cast and Crew

The film stars the voice talents of Leah Lewis as Ember Lumen and Mamoudou Athie as Wade Ripple, the movie’s two main characters. It also stars Ronnie del Carmen as Bernie Lumen, Ember’s father, Shila Ommi as Cinder Lumen, Ember’s mother, Mason Wertheimer as Clod, Wendi McLendon-Covey as Gale, Catherine O’Hara as Brook Ripple, Joe Pera as Fern Grouchwood, and Matt Yang King as Alan Ripple, Wade’s father.

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The movie is directed by Peter Sohn, who also helmed The Good Dinosaur (2015). The story and screenplay were written by Sohn, as well as Kat Likkel, John Hoberg, and Brenda Hsueh.

The Release

Although the film will hit theaters on June 16, 2023, its world premiere begins on May 27, 2023. Many people thus far have been critical of the film’s trailer. First impressions are that it seems too derisive of earlier Disney/Pixar works such as Inside Out (2015) and Zootopia (2016).

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However, the final film is received by critics, and audiences have yet to be seen. But it’s always exciting when a new Disney/Pixar film comes out. And unfortunately, not all are created or received equally.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)