Elemental releases on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar on Wednesday, September 13th. Pixar’s latest animated project, set in a bustling city where anthropomorphic elements of nature live and breathe like normal people, arrives in India on June 23, 82 days after its slightly delayed theatrical release. In the US and elsewhere, the film was released a week earlier, on June 16, a gap of 89 days. That’s one day shy of the 90-day window Disney set for its new films, a number that has been inflated over time to force more people into theaters and drive more VOD purchases; In fact, select cinemas across India are still showing Elemental.
In India, “Elemental” will only be available to stream in two languages - English and Hindi – continuing Disney’s trend of poor localization of films that aren’t from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or something as monumental as “Avatar: The Way of Water.” ” come. Previously, animated films had a 30-day grace period before they were available on streaming services. That number now appears to have increased dramatically across the entire Disney catalog, regardless of how well they perform at the box office. “Elemental” grossed $480.2 million (roughly Rs. 3,995 crore) worldwide, securing its place as the ninth highest-grossing film of the year, despite controversial reviews that praised its visuals but criticized its narrative aspect.
The amusing fictional subway of Elemental City is a place where humanoid representations of fire, water, land and earth live in harmony. This draws our focus to the blossoming relationship between fiery young woman Ember and cool, go-with-the-flow guy Wade, who represents the liquid element. Clearly they are not meant to be together, which the film further emphasizes by portraying all the elements as troubled, incompatible neighbors – a kind of racial parable portrayed through quirky, anthropomorphic characters. Much like every other Disney animated film, the ongoing theme in “Elemental” is about finding one’s purpose, which in Ember’s case is not inheriting or running her father’s restaurant. The film is directed by Peter Sohn, who previously directed The Good Dinosaur.
In addition to the base film “Elemental,” “September 13” also brings the making-of documentary “Good Chemistry: The Story of Elemental” and the animated short film based on 2009’s “Up, Carl’s Date” to Disney+ Hotstar. In it, we follow old Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) as he reluctantly agrees to a date at the request of his dog Dug, only to realize that he has no idea how dating works these days. The short film marked one of Asner’s final appearances before his death in 2021 and was shown in theaters alongside Elemental.
Elemental releases on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar on September 13th. In India, the film will be available for streaming in English and Hindi.