June 26, 2014

Post 43: "Lava": Pixar's 16th Original Short

Since 1984, the Pixar crew has made short films that present their animation and storytelling from "The Adventures of Andre' and Wally B." to last year's love story, "The Blue Umbrella" , Pixar loves making them and in front of "Inside Out", Pixar is doing a new love story...with volcanoes.


"Pixar has just released additional details about their upcoming feature film Inside Out as well as officially confirmed their new musical short, Lava (releasing in theaters ahead of Inside Out on June 19, 2015). With the breaking news of Lava, individuals who have already been lucky enough to have viewed a sneak peek (watching the short in its almost finalized state) are already raving about it's beauty and sweet nature.
Courtesy of Kyle Buchanan's Twitter
Courtesy of Adam B. Vary's Twitter

The official synopsis for Lava:
Pixar Short Lava PosterInspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “Lava” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. 
From Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and producer Andrea Warren, “Lava” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, in front of “Inside Out.”
From the description of this being a musical love story, we can't help but think of the simplicity and beauty of The Blue Umbrella as well. It will be interesting to see the contrast between the two stories, which on the surface, could sound similar - although we bet they won't be similar at all. The poster for Lava is stunning and depicts many pairs of animals in love - but the star of the show, the volcano, appears to be missing a mate.

The short will be directed by James Ford Murphy, a studio veteran who started back in 1998 on A Bug's Life as a character designer and animator. With Murphy's eye as an animator (6 Pixar projects), supervising animator (For The Birds, Mater and the Ghostlight) and directing animator (Cars), we're certainly looking forward to his unique take on this love story. It will also be intriguing to see how the musical element will play into the film - as well as who the composer will be?

Lava's producer, Andrea Warren also started on A Bug's Life as Art Department Production Assistant and worked among the Art department as a Manager and Coordinator before taking on the role of Production Manager for WALL•E and Brave.

As a side note - interestingly, there has a 
lingering rumor of a short titled Lava in production at Pixar for quite some time. We're glad that the rumor is true and even more intrigued now that we have more information.
From this article on Coming Soon, it appears that James himself has composed the song for Lava (on ukulele). It is a hawaiian-inspired song that attempts to get you to feel the same emotional touches of Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
It should also be noted that
Animation Scoop is also reporting that vocal work for the song will be completed by famed hawaiian vocalists Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Grieg Makua.

Here is a 
link to Kuana Torres Kahele's beautiful rendition of Haleluia on iTunes, (A.K.A. Lenoard Cohen's Hallelujah, made famous by Jeff Buckley) and a link (YouTube) to Napua Grieg Makua singing her popular song Lawakua. Wow, with all of this emotion in their voices, this seems like Lava will be a poignant short." - Pixar Post

Are you excited for LAVA? See you soon! 

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