Elio (Yonas Kibreab) is having a day. His mom’s too busy to talk to him. The ocean is behaving weirdly. And then he gets sucked up into an alien spaceship—rude of the aliens, but Elio politely yells, “No thank you!” all the same.
Next year, Disney and Pixar release Elio, a sci-fi story from some of the Coco team (and one that has a little bit of Lilo & Stitch in its DNA, no?).
Here’s the way the studios are summing it up:
For centuries, people have called out to the universe looking for answers—in Disney and Pixar’s all-new movie Elio, the universe calls back! The original feature film introduces Elio, an underdog with an active imagination who finds himself inadvertently beamed up to the Communiverse, an interplanetary organization with representatives from galaxies far and wide. Mistakenly identified as Earth’s ambassador to the rest of the universe, and completely unprepared for that kind of pressure, Elio must form new bonds with eccentric alien lifeforms, survive a series of formidable trials and somehow discover who he is truly meant to be.
Along with young Kibreab (Sweet Tooth), Elio stars America Ferrera as Elio’s mom, Olga; Jameela Jamil as Ambassador Questa; and Brad Garrett as the mom-eating Ambassador Grigon. Coco co-director Adrian Molina directs; no writer seems to have been announced.
Elio is in theaters March 1, 2024.