Pixar’s Elemental is a fiery delight. The latest animated film from Pixar is a beautiful story about the immigrant journey, combined with a romantic comedy for all to enjoy.
Review: Pixar’s ELEMENTAL is a fiery delight
Pixar continues to raise the bar with stories that hit us with all the emotions even when we’re not expecting it. Elemental was clever, funny, and full of important messages for everyone.
Chock full of important messages
While largely a story of the immigrant journey, it also focuses on the weight of cultural and generational expectations (intergenerational trauma, racism, xenophobia, and classism—and a beautiful story of finding love in unlikely places.
Parents and grandparents will often sacrifice everything for their children, especially immigrant parents and grandparents. Cinder and Bernie left everything behind to start anew in Element City and build a life for Ember around The Fire Place.
The message of finding your own way and making a new path, as well as finding love and life outside of your, um, element is one we all need. Being ourselves is a message anyone can relate to.
Why does anyone get to tell you what you can do in your life? –Wade Ripple
Visually stunning animation
Pixar’s Elemental is one of the most visually stunning animated films ever produced. Element City is vibrant and lively and features animation that looks like 3D at times.
Water looks like actual water, in one scene, dripping from the ceiling. Fire dances like real flames.
The colorful, fiery, and rippling world will suck you in while the story will tug at your heartstrings.
ELEMENTAL is an all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where Fire-, Water-, Earth- and Air-residents live together. The story 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. Directed by Peter Sohn, produced by Denise Ream, p.g.a., and executive produced by Pete Docter, ELEMENTAL features a screenplay by John Hoberg & Kat Likkel and Brenda Hsueh with story by Sohn, Hoberg & Likkel and Hsueh. The film’s original score was composed and conducted by Thomas Newman.
Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: Peter Sohn
Executive Producer: Pete Docter
Producer: Denise Ream, p.g.a.
Associate Producers: Krissy Cababa, Becky Neiman-Cobb
Screenplay: John Hoberg, Kat Likkel, Brenda Hsueh
Story by: Peter Sohn, John Hoberg, Kat Likkel
Original Score: Thomas Newman
Cast: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie Del Carmen, Shila Ommi, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Catherine O’Hara, Mason Wertheimer, Ronobir Lahiri, Wilma Bonet, Joe Pera, Matt Yang King, Clara Linding, Regan To, Jeff Lapensee, Ben Morris, Jonathan Adams, Alex Kapp, P.L. Brown
ELEMENTAL is now in theaters. Pixar short “Carl’s Date” plays before it.
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