New ‘Elemental’ Sipper, Characters Featured at Animation Academy in Disneyland Resort

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New ‘Elemental’ Sipper, Characters Featured at Animation Academy in Disneyland Resort

Several offerings celebrating Pixar’s newest film “Elemental” are available at Disneyland Resort right now. The film’s director and stars also recently visited the resort.

Animation Academy

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At Disney California Adventure, you can learn to draw Wade and Ember at the Animation Academy during select classes for a limited time. “Elemental” Director, Pete Sohn, recently dropped by the Animation Academy to see his pals Wade and Ember be drawn to life.

“World of Color – ONE” Pre-Show

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The new “Elemental Connection” pre-show recently debuted in front of “World of Color – ONE.”

Brilliant projections dance across vast water screens in this two-minute pre-show, bringing the land, air, water, and fire residents of Element City to life. In this heartfelt story, fire element Ember and water element Wade discover that though the world tells them they can’t coexist, they are more alike than they realize. As whimsical fountains and powerful music fill Paradise Bay, you’ll see that stepping out of your element may help you uncover who you really are, just like Ember and Wade. 

“Elemental” Sipper

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Speaking of Ember and Wade, you can now purchase your very own “Elemental” Sipper from select locations at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park for a limited time.

“Elemental” Stars Visit Disneyland Resort

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Finally, Leah Lewis (voice of Ember) and Mamoudou Athie (voice of Wade), recently stopped by the Disneyland Resort to check out the new “Elemental” offerings in person. Check out how they experienced all of the elements Disneyland has to offer:


Ember and Wade in Pixar's Elemental

“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.

“Elemental” is in theaters today.

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