‘Elemental’ Trailer Showcases Pixar’s Take on the Rom-Com Genre

The concept that opposites attract has been the basis for our favorite rom-com films. Of course, as humans, we are more alike than we are different. So, Pixar put a creative elemental spin on that for their forthcoming animated film, Elemental. And now, the newly released trailer shows us what happens when two elemental forces like Fire and Water come into each other’s lives.

In the first trailer, we got to see what the Elemental City infrastructure was like and how it interacted with citizens who were made up of Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. But the newer trailer expands upon those ideas by having Ember (Leah Lewis) describe these elements. Air usually has their head in the clouds, Earth can be a little seedy, Water is always getting into something, and Fire runs a little hot. They all live by the “simple rule” that elements cannot mix. But as the trailer teases, rules were meant to be broken.

So for Ember, a clever 20-something fire woman with a great sense of humor who loves her family but can be hot-headed at times, who crosses paths with Wade (Mamoudou Athie), an observant, empathetic, 20-something water guy who is not afraid to show his emotions — in fact, his emotions are hard to miss. Though they come from separate worlds and have different upbringings, they will challenge each other on their respective beliefs and soon discover that they have a lot more in common than they originally thought.

Other voice talents include Ronnie del Carmen as Ember’s soon-to-be retired dad, Bernie; Shila Ommi as Ember’s love-seeking mom, Cinder; Wendi McLendon-Covey as Wade’s stormy and Air-Ball-loving boss, Gale; Catherine O’Hara as Wade’s welcoming mom, Brook; Mason Wertheimer as Ember’s admiring earth neighbor, Clod; and Joe Pera as an overgrown city bureaucrat, Fern.

In addition to the new trailer, Disney and Pixar has released some new character powers of Ember, Wade, Clod, and Gale.

Directed by Peter Sohn, produced by Denise Ream, p.g.a., and executive produced by Pete Docter, Elemental features a screenplay by John Hoberg & Kat Likkel and Brenda Hsueh with story by Sohn, Hoberg & Likkel and Hsueh. The film’s original score was composed and conducted by Thomas Newman.

Elemental opens in theaters on June 16, 2023.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

Elemental journeys alongside an unlikely pair, Ember and Wade, in a city where fire-, water-, land- and air-residents live together. The fiery young woman and the go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: how much they actually have in common.