Disney+ gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the latest Pixar film, “Elemental.” This documentary follows director Peter Sohn as he tells the story of his parents, his upbringing, and the effects those had on the story in the film. While “Elemental” is a love story, it’s a love story coming from several different angles. There is “the star-crossed lovers from different worlds” story, as well as the love between a parent and a child, especially ones having to adjust to a new land to where they have emigrated.

Peter Sohn gives a look at how his parents weren’t exactly supportive of him wanting to be an animator until they learned there is a way for someone to make a living through animation. After having that reassurance, they became more supportive, although the language barrier made it difficult for some to understand this. This is completely understandable. Parents want the best for their children, and they might have a hard time accepting something that’s a different way to reach that ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.

Sohn is a familiar voice for anyone who loves Pixar films. He has voiced characters in “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Monsters University,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Cars 3,” “Luca,” and “Lightyear.” He also previously directed “The Good Dinosaur” before taking the helm for “Elemental.” Having worked at the studio in some capacity since “Finding Nemo,” he is one of the people who is constantly involved with making Pixar fun. He’s up there with Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, and it’s nice to see him getting his dues.

This documentary was an interesting look given “Elemental’s” quite different route at the box office. Debuting very poorly, it looked to be a flop, at first. But good word of mouth led to the film becoming a slow burn (pun intended) as the story of fire and water kept hanging around until it climbed into the Top 10 films of the year. Not a bad move for a film that debuted behind “Flash” on what looked to be a disappointing box office weekend. Viewers can see a lot of hard work and dedication in this film and I’m happy that it found its audience both in theaters and on Disney+.

I love these behind-the-scenes looks at films. I really liked the ones for “Turning Red” and “Lightyear,” and this one is no different. It gives me a new appreciation for the film. I can’t wait to see what else Disney and Pixar has for us down the road.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.

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