Elemental Ember and Wade Animated Characters

D23 Expo News — ‘Elemental’ Vocal Cast and Additional Details Revealed Onstage

Additional plot and vocal cast details from Pixar’s summer 2023 film were revealed onstage at the D23 Expo.

Announced onstage during the D23 Expo’s Studio Showcase: Celebrate the Magic of Disney and Pixar keynote, additional details surrounding Peter Sohn’s June 16, 2023 film Elemental were revealed.

Pete Sohn (Director) and Denise Ream (Producer) were on stage to deliver the news. Sample animatic footage and concept artwork were shown on stage to those in attendance.

D23 Expo Elemental
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Denise Ream and Peter Sohn, Vice President, Creative, of Pixar Animation Studios, speak onstage during D23 Expo 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on September 09, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Elemental is semi-autobiographical and is about melting pots and how two people come together despite their differences and cultures.

Our friend, Dan the Pixar Fan, shared this great video highlighting the concept artwork that was displayed on a screen in the Pixar booth during the D23 Expo.

VOCAL CAST

Leah Lewis will voice Ember

Mamoudou Athie will voice Wade

PLOT SYNOPSIS

Elemental is an original film inspired by Sohn’s childhood in New York. “My parents emigrated from Korea in the early 1970s and built a bustling grocery store in the Bronx,” said the director. “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,” Sohn continued. “Some elements mix with each other, and some don’t. What if these elements were alive?”

Elemental is a story of immigrants pursuing dreams in beautiful neighborhoods where language and cultures come together.

IMAGES

Pixar Elemental Poster
Elemental Ember and Wade Animated Characters
D23 Expo Elemental
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Peter Sohn, Vice President, Creative, of Pixar Animation Studios, Denise Ream, Leah Lewis, and Mamoudou Athie attend D23 Expo 2022 at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on September 09, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Pixar Elemental Peter Sohn and Denise Ream Signing D23 Expo

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