New Still Released from Pixar’s Upcoming ‘Lava’ Short

UKU Lava

Check out this cool new still from Pixar’s upcoming short Lava that was published this past week in the Los Angeles Times. The picture is of the volcano Uku, one half of the volcanic love duo of Uku and Lele whose romantic story is told in the short.

Director James Ford Murphy said about Uku:

“I thought it would be so cool to fall in love with a place who’s also a character. I wanted to make Uku appealing and likable but also look like he’s been carved out of lava flows.” The Los Angeles Times referred to Uku as “crusty and prone to eruptions, but with a warm core underneath — the kind of man James Earl Jones might play.”

Murphy got the idea for the short over 20 years ago while honeymooning on the Big Island of Hawaii. For his pitch to the Pixar executive team, he also wrote and performed on the ukulele a love song which will be included in the final film (it’s been newly recorded by Hawaiian recording artists Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig).

Lava will be shown next at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival this August and will play in front of Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Inside Out which opens in U.S. theaters in 3D on June 19th, 2015.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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