The Elements Collide in First Trailer for Pixar’s “Elemental”

Pixar has dropped the official trailer for their upcoming feature Elemental, which is inspired by big cities around the globe and the very elements that make up our world, all of which combine for a purely Pixarian tale.

The film is centered on a firey wit named Ember (she is literally fire and voiced by Leah Lewis) who is most comfortable in her home of Firetown. Ember’s always believed her life would burn brightest close to home, where she’d eventually inherit her father’s business. 

Yet, like all good adventures, Elemental requires Ember to venture out of her comfort zone and into the larger world of Element City, where she encounters astonishments left and right. Those wonders include the tornado-shaped arena Cyclone Stadium, waterfall skyscrapers, and buildings shaped like colossal pine trees. Also, a huge stew of elements, living and working together.

Elemental comes from director Peter Sohn (The Good Dinosaur) and was inspired by his upbringing in New York. “My parents emigrated from Korea in the early 1970s and built a bustling grocery store in the Bronx,” he said in a statement. “We were among many families who ventured to a new land with hopes and dreams—all of us mixing into one big salad bowl of cultures, languages, and beautiful little neighborhoods. That’s what led me to Elemental. Our story is based on the classic elements—fire, water, land, and air. Some elements mix with each other, and some don’t. What if these elements were alive?”

The elements in Elemental are very much alive, and they’ll mix, despite the fact that, as the trailer reveals, all the elements in Elemental live by one simple rule—elements cannot mix. When Ember meets the watery Wade (he’s a go-with-the-flow type of guy, and he’s voiced by Mamoudou Athie), adventures await. Ember has lived her whole life trying to fill her father’s shoes, but Elemental will explore what happens when this young flame decides to burn brightly on her own.

Joining Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie in the cast are Ronnie del Carmen as Ember’s soon-to-be-retired dad, Bernie; Shila Ommi as Ember’s love-seeking mom, Cinder; Wendi McLendon-Covey as Wade’s stormy and Air-Ball-loving boss, Gale; Catherine O’Hara as Wade’s welcoming mom, Brook; Mason Wertheimer as Ember’s admiring earth neighbor, Clod; and Joe Pera as an overgrown city bureaucrat, Fern.

Elemental is due in theaters on June 16, 2023. Check out the trailer below:


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Featured image: FIRE AND WATER – Set in a city where fire-, water-, land-, and air-residents live together, Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Featuring the voices of Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie as Ember and Wade, respectively, “Elemental” releases on June 16, 2023. © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


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