Ahead of the latest Pixar film’s release on June 16, an “Elemental” photo op has debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Pixar Place.
‘Elemental’ Photo Op
The photo op is on a brick wall in the recently reopened Pixar Place. It features Ember and Wade from the new film, with Ember holding an umbrella up to protect her fiery self safe from a shower of water.
The colorful “Elemental” logo is against a black swoosh, along with the Disney and Pixar logos and the caption: “Only in Theaters June 16.”
Before Toy Story Land was added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Pixar Place was an area of the park where guests could enter the queue for Toy Story Mania! and also find meet-and-greet photo ops with Buzz and Woody. When construction on Toy Story Land was finally complete, both the entrance to Toy Story Mania! and photo ops with Toy Story characters were moved over into that new space.
After the Toy Story characters left, the Pixar Place location was turned into a Municiberg city block from the Pixar film “The Incredibles.” Here, you could find a meet-and-greet with Edna Mode, purchase Jack-Jack’s Num Num Cookies, and even occasionally get a glimpse of popular characters from the film like Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone.
After the park closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the area became devoid of characters and attractions. Pixar Place finally reopened in May 2023 with a revamped Edna Mode Experience, as well as appearances by the Incredibles, Frozone, and Sulley from “Monsters, Inc.”
“Elemental” is the latest Pixar film to arrive in cinemas since 2022’s “Lightyear,” and is directed by Peter Sohn — who previously directed “The Good Dinosaur” and voiced Emile in the 2007 film “Ratatouille.” Pixar’s Twitter page describes this new adventure’s main concept:
In a city where fire, water, land, & air residents live together, a fiery young woman & a go-with-the-flow guy will discover something elemental: How much they have in common. Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream, Disney and Pixar’s Elemental releases June 16, 2023.
In an interview with Variety, Sohn, who also conceived the story, drew parallels between the friction the two main characters have with their families when they begin venturing outside of their own elemental culture with his own personal life as the child of Korean immigrants.
It’s the burden of culture and passing the torch of carrying a piece of heritage inside of you and trying to decide what to do with that heritage. I have kids that come from different, mixed cultures. I’m Korean and my wife is half-Italian, part- German and part-English. The feeling of it can sometimes be like a burden. I wonder if I am I breaking the chain in my life because I’m not pushing the Korean language and culture. And our main character, Ember, even though her culture is fictional, she’s dealing with very similar issues of trying to understand her life in a place that was not her parents’ home.
The official trailer can be viewed below.
Also check out some of the “Elemental” merchandise available at Walt Disney World.
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