Today, Disney Pixar announced its 27th film, Elementalis coming on June 16, 2023 (almost exactly one year after this summer’s Lightyear). Directed by Peter Sohn (The Good Dinosaur spirit Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) and produced by Denise Ream (The Good Dinosaur spirit Cars 2), the movie follows “an unlikely pair, Ember and Wade, in a city where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together.” In a statement obtained by VarietySohn stated that this movie takes inspiration from his childhood home in New York City.
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 do not. What if these elements were alive?
I’m probably (just in this case) over-analyzing, but the logo looks like it could play with the concept of how different groups interact, seeing how the colors blend together. Speaking of differences and cross-cultural exchange, this is not the first Pixar movie to explore this in a metropolitan setting. Zootopia had a similar (albeit with more copaganda) scenario.
Let’s do better this time.
One part of the official synopsis reads, “The fiery young woman and the go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.” I hope they take the best parts of Zootopia, but better and with a more diverse cast reflective of working-class New York City. I know this is probably already cast, and we’ll get the news for that soon. However, since I’m making a totally-within-Pixar’s-means wishlist, I hope they went with identity-conscious casting over racially agnostic casting alone — taking the identity of the roles into account avoid stereotypes. I am staying positive, though.
(via Varietyimage Pixar)
Here are some other bits of news we saw today:
- Kevin Bacon will star in the so-called “conversion therapy camp” horror film They / Them coming later in the summer. (via PinkNews)
- Jaelynn of Art in Color explores the artwork of Rupy C. Tut. (via Art in Color on Youtube)
- The Pentagon and more are unsure how much they can charge in upcoming Congressional hearing on UFOs. (via Politico)
- Amy’s Kitchen was forced to pay tens of thousands in OSHA violations and union-busting penalties for mistreating predominantly women of color on staff. (via The American Prospect)
What did you see out there today?
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