Peter Sohn and Denise Ream explain why it’s important to push animation in Elemental | Exclusive

Peter Sohn and Denise Ream explain why it’s important to push animation in Elemental |  Exclusive

Disney/Pixar’s “Elemental” is now playing in theaters everywhere. At its core, it’s about two young people using their differences to get the best out of each other. But there’s also a larger theme of how different cultures can come together and live in harmony to create something as wonderful as Element City. Fire, water, air and earth can be very unique, but they can use each other to create a functioning society.

It’s the kind of movie that’s a perfect fit for Pixar. As in each of their previous animated features, the creative team led by Peter Sohn pushes the envelope for a unique experience in “Elemental” that we’ve never seen before. Meticulously creating four unique cultures inspired by four elements that surround us and the world they would inhabit.

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Once done, the foundation was created to tell the story of Ember Lumen, a young woman who took refuge in the only fiery world she knows. But upon meeting Wade, she quickly learns that there’s a whole world she can explore that can only make her fire hotter.


With the release of ‘Elemental’ in theaters, LRG onlineManny Gomez spoke with Peter Sohn and Denise Ream about the film. Sohn is the film’s director and screenwriter and Ream is the producer.

“Elemental” director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream discuss the film’s production with story manager Jason Katz on February 7, 2023 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman/Pixar)

During our chat, they talked about why Pixar is always aiming for the impossible for their current movie. Why it matters and how animators feel after completing the project. Additionally, they discuss the history of immigration and how it was not only personal to them, but also to the many first and second generation immigrants who work at Pixar. It’s a great conversation that you can check out below!

Here’s the synopsis for Disney/Pixar’s “Elemental”

An all-new original feature film set in Element City, where the denizens of fire, water, earth, and air live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted, and feisty young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, and dynamic guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Directed by Peter Sohn, produced by Denise Ream, and featuring the voices of Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie as Ember and Wade, respectively.

“Elemental” is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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