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Voice actors talk about relating to characters


Pixar’s latest film ‘Elemental’

Pixar is gearing up to release their highly anticipated animated movie “Elemental,” which takes place in a vibrant metropolis inspired by New York City, where the different natural “elements” reign and work together in a society built for everybody to thrive.

While the elements do live in the metropolis, it is still split up for each elemental to have their section and be able to express their “culture” like the many different cultures do in modern-day New York.

“Ember does burn bright, and she’s a very passionate, young, and independent woman who is very close to her family and has a dream to take over the family business, and in the beginning, you see why fire and water don’t get along,” said Leah Lewis, the voice of Leah Lewis, is the fire elemental in the movie. Lewis continued talking about how the viewers should analyze the interactions between the elements. “Fundamental fire and water are so different, and they don’t normally socialize the way they would with other elementals. Viewers should be hyper-focused on their friendship and how it pushes the story forward.”

The story centers around Ember, and Wade Ripple, the water element, as they travel through their world helping one another solve their problems externally and internally. Mamoudou Athie, the voice of Wade Ripple, talks about the character and how he relates to them. “ Wade is an eternal optimist and a realist, but he chooses to live his life in a very open heart way and wants to see the positives in everything. Athnie said.

“When I drew fire next to water, it was this wonderful tension created, and I knew right away those would be our main characters for the film,” said director Peter Sohn on why he centered the film around the dynamic of Wade and Ember. “There were no roads of Pixar creating these types of characters, and this film, in its entirety, was new for the studio. We had to become our construction team to bring this story and characters to life even before we thought of the idea of a film, we had to create the foundation first.”

Producer Denise Ream talked about how the city is broken into subsections for each element for them to thrive and express their individuality throughout the film.

“I found something new every time I watched the movie, and the richness of how each elemental home is shown, in the movie, provides great dazzling imagery to explore while watching the film,” she said.

“Elemental” is in theaters now.