Element is an animated film from Disney/Pixar built on the differences and similarities of immigrants flowing into a new country and society and how though time they come together.
To illustrate differences the characters here are made of fire and water and as we know fire and water don’t work together and can destroy each other. Therefore the story is an old one and it takes the technical attributes of the characters and their world of existence that make it enjoyable to watch.
Element may not reach the success of past Pixar films but there are creative juices filling the characters and the actions they take. Ember Lumen (voiced by Leah Lewis) is from the immigrant family that came from Fireland, her father was an immigrant who came from the old country against his father’s advice. Wade Ripple (voiced by Mamoudou Athie) is a water element. Ember is strong and has her own idea of success, Wade is made of water so he cries easily as the other members of his family do.
The design of the characters depicts Ember with a face and fire burning on her head while Wade is just a big bubble of water with a face yet they are presented in a manner to exhibit emotions that we might expect from humans. Touching each other is expected to be dangerous and should not work, but the emotional affection of two young characters for each other demands an attempt to do the impossible.
The atmosphere of the design of the cities, particularly where glass is prominent (fire can make glass) and the characters both fire and water are effective and fit the expectation one might have in that strange new world they live in.
Element is fun with a message that anything can happen with love.