Monday, August 21, 2023

Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ “Elemental” Available Now on Digital + FREE Printable Activity Packet (Review) #Elemental

Disclosure: I was provided with a screener in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Welcome to Element City, where the fiery Ember Lumen and the go-with-the-flow Wade Ripple are about to discover what happens when fire meets water in Pixar Animation Studios’ dazzling and imaginative Elemental, which debuts on all major digital platforms (Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, etc.) August 15 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD September 26.

Described as “stunning” (Joey Magidson, Awards Radar), “beautiful and immersive” (Belen Edwards, Mashable), Elemental is and Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™ with “Pixar’s signature blend of vibrant revolutionary animation and imagination” (Luke Harfield, Awards Watch). 

Fans can be the first to watch at home by adding the film to their Pixar movie collection, and access bonus content including exclusive deleted scenes, featurettes, an audio commentary, and the widely popular all-new short, “Carl’s Date.”



Last Tuesday, August 15th, Disney's Elemental arrived on Digital on all major digital platforms (Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, etc.). It is set to release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD September 26th.  I was sent a digital code to screen this movie with my family -- and let's just say I was the cool mom for the day, as the girls invited all their friends in the neighborhood to have a screening party, as one of them had seen it yet, including my family.

As I listened to the kids cheer and move about the room, I could tell they were enjoying the movie.  I peaked my head in a few times and the quick glimpses of the movie made me want to see it even more.  Thankfully the girls had already agreed on a family movie night to watch this movie later that day.  I made them keep their favorite parts to themselves until my husband and I could watch it with them as we didn't want any spoilers.  Once the neighborhood screening was done -- they all stayed to watch the bonus content, too -- I asked the kids what they thought of the movie.  Almost in unison, everyone said it was "GREAT!" or "AMAZING!"  

This is a great movie for the whole family. As I was watching snippets, it gave me the feels of Inside Out with all the vibrant bright colors and characters. This movie is about elements -- water, earth, fire and air -- who have to live together in Element City -- even though they don't work well together.  Add in a Romeo and Juliet style love story before Ember Luman (Fire) and Wade Ripple (Water).  We watch their relationship blossom and the struggles between the two, as the movie unfolds.  Unlike other animated movies with a villian, this movie doesn't have that.  Instead we see cultural factors and prejudices between the elements and see how they live together. Also, we watch as Ember struggles with her own identity and coming into her own, while struggling with her parents expectations of her to take over the family shop, even though she wants to make glass.

This is a really well done movie, and one that I see my family watching time and time again. It is one of those movies that you can have a conversation with your kids about the themes present in the film after viewing, and continue the conversation long after viewing.  If you are looking for a family-friendly movie that the whole family will sit down and enjoy during your next family movie night, I highly recommend you check out Elemental, available now on all major digital platforms (Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu, etc.) as of August 15, and arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on September 26th.



Film Synopsis:

"Elemental is an original feature film set in Element City, where residents of Fire, Water, Earth and Air live together. 

The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Directed by Peter Sohn (“The Good Dinosaur,” “Partly Cloudy” short), and produced by Denise Ream (“The Good Dinosaur,” “Cars 2”), Elemental features a screenplay by John Hoberg & Kat Likkel and Brenda Hsueh, and stars the voices of Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie as Ember and Wade."


Bonus Features*

Short Film

  • Carl’s Date – Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner Bob Peterson and produced by Kim Collins, this all-new short, “Carl’s Date,” finds Carl reluctantly agreeing to go on a date with a lady friend —but admittedly with no idea how dating works these days. Ever the helpful friend, Dug steps in to calm Carl’s pre-date jitters and offer some tried-and-true tips for making friends — if you’re a dog. “Carl’s Date” opened in theaters in front of Disney and Pixar’s Elemental.



  • Ember and Wade – Take a deeper look at the development of main characters Ember and Wade, from early designs to final effects, and learn how the complex work of the technical and character teams brought these characters to life.
  • Next Stop: Element City – Explore how Element City is built to accommodate its different inhabitants. Director Peter Sohn and crew members share insights about the evolution of the designed world, as well as some of the research that inspired its unique look.
  • Paths to Pixar: The Immigrant Experience – Hear from first-generation filmmakers on the Elemental crew as they share their journeys to Pixar.  Discover how Elemental’s real-world themes of sacrifice and identity, amongst many others, reflect or diverge from their own lived experiences.


Deleted Scenes

Director Peter Sohn introduces five scenes that are storyboarded, set to music, timed, and voiced, but are not included in the final version of Elemental.

  • Intro Ember – An alternate opening in which our hero Ember helps a newly immigrated Fire family navigate through, and acclimate to, Element City. Scene introduced by director Peter Sohn.
  • Mom Rejects Wade – Ember’s traditional parents learn that she’s enamored with watery Wade…and it doesn’t go well. Scene introduced by story supervisor Jason Katz.
  • Dante Challenge – In an attempt to keep Ember apart from Wade, Bernie tasks her with finding a place to live for newcomer Dante, who Wade finds himself rather enamored with. Scene introduced by story artist Nira Liu.
  • Brook Dinner – Ember joins Wade for dinner at his home, in this abandoned storyline in which Wade’s mother, Brook, is revealed to be the villain diverting water into Firetown. Scene introduced by story artist Anna Benedict.
  • Beach Proposal – Sharing a tender moment on the beach, Ember and Wade propose marriage to each other. Scene introduced by story artists Yung-Han Chang and Le Tang.


Audio Commentary

  • Elemental Filmmaker Commentary – Join director Peter Sohn, supe tech Sanjay Bakshi, supervising animator Mike Venturini, and directing animator Gwendelyn Enderoglu as they provide insight into the making of this remarkable animated feature while you watch it.


*bonus features vary by product and retailer


Social Media

Twitter: @pixarelemental

Facebook: @PixarElemental

Instagram: @pixarelemental



I don't know about you, but I love doing themed movie night with my family.  We even host movie nights once a  month with my girls and their friends through Zoom, where we make fun themed snacks and crafts, play games, do puzzles, and then settle in to watch a movie together. So, when I was set the Elemental Activity Pack to share with my movie review, I knew this would make for a fun activity to do with my girls and their friends for an upcoming movie night. Usually I have to search the Internet for free printables for movies, but love when they release complete activity packs, as it makes planning a movie night that much easier for me.  

Why not consider printing out the Elemental activity pack for each of your children to do before you settle in enjoy this family-friendly movie.  My girls and their friends loved these activity packs when they got together to screen the movie the other day, and I know your kids will enjoy them, too!

*Just right click on each, save and then print

Disclosure: I was provided with a screener in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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