Welcome, foolish mortals, to fun under the sea and elemental connections as Disney brings the heat with a slate of films that are sure to warm hearts—and provide some chills as well. To celebrate the start of the summer season, the new issue of Disney twenty-three will feature three covers highlighting some of the biggest films coming from Disney: The Little Mermaid, Elemental, and Haunted Mansion.
Each cover features never-before-seen artwork showcasing the main characters who will tell these stories on the big screen. For The Little Mermaid, Halle Bailey glistens under the sea as the reimagined live-action Ariel. The fire-and-water friends Ember (Leah Lewis) and Wade (Mamoudou Athie) share their smiles on the cover for Elemental. Meanwhile, down in New Orleans, Rosario Dawson (Gabbie) and co-stars Owen Wilson (Father Kent), Danny DeVito (Bruce), Chase W. Dillon (Travis), Jamie Lee Curtis (Madame Leota), Tiffany Haddish (Harriet), and LaKeith Stanfield (Ben) appear in the “dead center of the room” on the cover featuring Haunted Mansion. D23 Gold Members will receive one of the stunning covers at random and will be able to purchase additional covers at shopDisney.com in May while supplies last.
In 1989, Disney fans around the world were introduced to Ariel in The Little Mermaid as she gave everyone a glimpse into life under the sea. On May 26, fans will have the chance to dive back into the fathoms below with the reimagined live-action film. Bailey—joined by director Rob Marshall, co-star Daveed Diggs (Sebastian), and composer and Disney Legend Alan Menken—gives readers a glimpse into part of her world during an exclusive interview, including the extensive “tank work” she did to bring Ariel to life.
The summer issue also breaks down the elements of Pixar Animation Studios’ new film, Elemental, in theaters June 16. Dig deeper into the flow of the filmmaking process, including the origins of the story, the real-life inspiration for Element City, and the creative process of bringing to “life” these permeable people. Director Peter Sohn and co-stars Lewis and Athie share all these inside details and more to get readers fired up for Pixar’s story about this unlikely connection.
From opposites react to ominous attractions, the summer of hits continues when Disney’s Haunted Mansion creeps into theaters on July 28 and brings to life the happy haunts of the beloved Disneyland Park classic. Stars Dawson, Stanfield, and Haddish share behind-the-screams details that are sure to leave readers in good spirits. Director—and former Haunted Mansion attraction cast member at Disneyland Park—Justin Simien shares that “it’s such a refreshing and funny take on a ‘ride movie’ that also strikes this unexpectedly personal chord.”
For Members looking to collect all three covers, they are now available exclusively on shopDisney.com while supplies last: