Pixar Animation Studios’ new movie preview, Inside Out, was held a few days ago at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. As I sat down and checked in on Instagram with our fellow addicts, the Disney rep shared that we would be starting the evening’s entertainment with the new short – LAVA. I was curious to see what it was about as I had heard a few bits and pieces of a Hawaiian themed short about a volcano.
The short started and the romantic in me was instantly swept away. Only seven minutes long, yet showing the perfect blend of love and magic that is true to all Disney movies, Lava brings us the story of a volcano, Uke, searching for love in the huge ocean over a span of millions of years. Uke sings a love song and yearns to find “someone to lava”. Below the surface is Lele who listens to Uke’s song and longs to rise to the surface and join him.
The short directed by James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren had the audience young and old, hoping for a happy ending for Uke and Lele.
During the press conference, Murphy talked about the inspiration for Lava. Murphy and his wife honeymooned in Hawaii where he fell in love with the location and all the beauty of the islands. The music and lyrics were written by John Ford Murphy and talks of having a dream that the earth, sea and sky up above will send Uke someone to lava. Performed by Hawaiian talents, Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Makua, the song is a haunting melody that takes us to a land of sea and salty air and left me with a feeling of warmth and love.
Don’t miss Lava and Inside Out in theaters, June 19, 2015. Bring tissues and be ready to fall in love with Pixar Studios’ newest films. As my oldest granddaughter shared, Lava shows us that “everyone will find true love if they just wish hard enough”
The face of Uku is rumored to be a combination of bulldog, Marc Anthony from the animated short film, Feed the Kitty combined with actor Jackie Gleason and singer Kahele’s facial features.
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