With their next production just weeks away, Pixar has officially unveiled their next project, which is slated for release in the summer of 2023. It’s called Elementaryand it’s directed by Peter Sohn, who previously directed Pixar’s 2015 feature, The good dinosaur.
Sohn himself described the project and its inspiration this way, in a press release:
My parents immigrated from Korea in the early 1970s and built a bustling grocery store in the Bronx. We were among many families who ventured into a new land with hopes and dreams – all of us blending 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, earth and air. Some elements mix, some don’t. What if these elements were alive?
Pixar has also released the first concept art for the film, which shows the fire and water elementals getting along reasonably well:
The concept of anthropomorphized elements is reminiscent of earlier Pixar productions like Upside downwhich transformed the volatile emotions inside a young girl’s head into characters in a brilliant and moving adventure. Upside down was directed by Pixar legend Pete Docter, while Sohn The Good Dinosaur is not considered one of the studio’s best films. This movie had absolutely gorgeous animation; if Elementary can deliver equally thrilling characters and a gripping story, it could keep Pixar on the hot streak it’s been on lately. Soul, Lucasand especially the fantastic Become red.
Elementary will be released on June 16, 2023. (So far, Disney hasn’t specified whether the film will hit theaters or go straight to Disney+ — and with Pixar movies these days, you never really know where they’ll end up. ) The next Pixar production, Light yeara space adventure featuring the “real” version of the Buzz Lightyear character from toy storyhits theaters on June 17.