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Elemental is a computer-animated romantic comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Peter Sohn, it is Pixar's 27th animated feature film and was released in the United States on June 16, 2023, and will be available for streaming on Disney+ on September 16.

Premise[]

In a city where fire, water, earth, 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.

Pixar Animation Studios[1]

Plot[]

Fire elements Bernie and Cinder Lumen immigrate to Element City, where they face xenophobia from other elements and struggle to find a home. They have a daughter, Ember, and eventually establish a convenience store called the Fireplace, setting up a Blue Flame that represents their heritage and traditions and attracting many fire element patrons over time. Bernie intends to give the store to Ember when he retires, but first she must control her fiery temper. When Bernie allows Ember to run the shop on her own, she becomes overwhelmed by the customers and rushes to the basement. Her fiery outburst breaks a water pipe, flooding the basement and summoning Wade Ripple, a water element and city inspector. Wade notes the faulty plumbing and reluctantly leaves for City Hall to send the violation report to his air element employer, Gale Cumulus, who will have the Fireplace shut down. Ember pursues Wade but is too late.

Taking pity on Ember, Wade brings her to Cyclone Stadium to convince Gale to reconsider the shutdown of her father's store. When Wade mentions he was investigating recurrent floods before ending up at the Fireplace, Gale gives the duo a tight deadline to find the source. If they are able to seal the leak, then the violations will be forgiven. While searching the canals for the source of the leak, Wade surmises that Ember's temper derives from her trying to tell herself something that she is not ready to accept, but Ember denies this. They then discover a hole in a dam that allows wave runoff from ships to flood the city's plumbing, so they close the hole with sandbags. Meanwhile, Bernie deals with water leaks all over the Fireplace.

Wade and Ember spend time together in the city and learn more about each other. Later, Wade informs Ember that the sandbags did not hold, so Ember uses her glassmaking ability to create a sturdier seal for the hole in the dam. Meanwhile, Cinder suspects Ember is seeing someone and follows her. Ember visits Wade's family at a luxury apartment, where she uses her fire to fix a broken glass pitcher, impressing Brook, Wade's mother, who recommends her for a glassmaking internship. Ember also plays the crying game with Wade, in which he successfully makes her cry when he admits he has feelings for her. Gale then calls Wade and gives her approval of Ember's glass seal, thus saving the Fireplace from closure. Ember then realizes that she does not want to take over the store.

Bernie announces his intention to retire and hand the Fireplace to Ember. He tells his daughter how, when leaving his homeland, he bowed to his father but his father refused to bow back. Wade takes Ember to Garden Central Station to see Vivisteria flowers, which she was denied seeing in childhood. With the station now flooded, Gale provides Ember with an air bubble for safety while Wade pushes her underwater through the station. Afterward, Wade and Ember realize that they are able to touch without harming each other and share a romantic dance, but Ember is reminded of her duty to the Fireplace and her family's prejudice against water elements, and leaves, upsetting Wade.

As Ember is about to take over the Fireplace, Wade appears and professes his love for her, while also letting it slip that she caused the broken pipe. Ember rejects Wade, but Cinder senses genuine affection. Disappointed, Bernie decides not to retire and denies Ember the store. Soon after, the new seal on the dam breaks and the fire district floods. After saving the Blue Flame, Ember and Wade become trapped in a room in the Fireplace, causing Wade to evaporate from the enclosed heat.

When the flood recedes, a grief-stricken Ember confesses to Bernie that she does not want to run the Fireplace and expresses her love for Wade. Realizing Wade has seeped into the stone ceiling, Ember plays the crying game to get him to drip back into his normal form. Ember reciprocates Wade's affection and they kiss.

Months later, Wade and Ember, now a couple, leave Element City so Ember can study glassmaking far away and travel the world together. Before she boards the ship, Ember bows to Bernie who returns the gesture.

Voice cast[]

  • Leah Lewis as Ember Lumen[2]
    • Clara Lin Ding as Baby Ember[3]
    • Reagan To as Young Ember[3]
  • Mamoudou Athie as Wade Ripple[2]
  • Shila Ommi as Cinder Lumen[4]
  • Ronnie del Carmen as Bernie Lumen[4]
  • Catherine O'Hara as Brook Ripple[4]
  • Ronobir Lahiri as Harold[5]
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey as Gale Cumulus[4]
  • Joe Pera as Fern Grouchwood[4]
  • Mason Wertheimer as Clod[4]
  • Krysta Gonzales as Eddy Ripple[5]
  • Matt Yang King as Alan Ripple, Lutz, and Earth Pruner[3]
  • Innocent Ekakitie as Marco Ripple and Polo Ripple[6]
  • Ava Hauser as Lake Ripple[5]
  • Maya Aoki Tuttle as Ghibli[5]
  • Francesco Bagnaia as Pecco[7]
  • Wilma Bonet as Flarrietta[5]
  • Jonathan Adams as Flarry[5]
  • Jeff LaPensee as Sparkler Customer[3]
  • Ben Morris as Wood Immigration Official[3]
  • Alex Kapp as Customer, Delivery Person, and Earth Landlord[3]
  • P.L. Brown as Doorman[3]

Production[]

On May 16, 2022, the film was announced by Pixar, focusing on elements of fire, water, air, and earth.

On September 9, 2022, the first look of the film was shown at the D23 Expo. It was also announced in the said Expo that Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie have been cast as Ember and Wade, respectively.

The teaser trailer for the film was released on November 17, 2022.

The official trailer for the film was released on March 28, 2023.

Release[]

Elemental debuted out of competition as the closing film at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 27, 2023, followed by a worldwide premiere on June 10, 2023, at the Tribeca Festival. It was theatrically released in the United States on June 16, 2023. On February 16, 2023, following the commercial failures of Lightyear and Strange World, Disney is considering to extending the theatrical windows for both Elemental and Wish.

References[]

External links[]

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