July 18, 2016

Pixar Review: 'Lava'

Hi everybody! Time for yet another Pixar short film review! I know that I just did one, but since I'm going on vacation I wanted to give you two reviews before I go away for a bit. Anyways, today I'm going to review the 2014 short that was in front of 2015's Inside Out, Lava! Will this be like a pleasant island vacation or will it be like being next to an active volcano? Let's review the short to find out!

Set over 1,000 of years, a volcano named Uku is lonely. Until a female volcano named Lele comes up. But Uku and Lele are always set apart from one another, will they ever be together?

So in this review I feel like I'm going to make several connections to The Blue Umbrella. Both are love stories with beautiful animation, but they do have differences. Some of the things that Lava did different are actually better then The Blue Umbrella like a better love story. I do feel a better connection with the two leads then how Umbrella did. But with other things that are different then Umbrella are weaker, the biggest one for me is making it a musical. The song is nice, but I feel like it can be distracting and the song can be super cheesy (especially the "I lava you" line that they repeat a lot in the song). So, in conclusion, the plot did do some things well, but they also made some flaws as well.

For what they are trying to do with the animation in this short I feel like it is practice for Finding Dory. This is because of multiple reasons, including the large amount of water in the short and some creatures looking very similar to some used in Dory. So was this is a good sneak peek at what was then the future?

The animation is fantastic in this short! Once again, it does share some similarities with The Blue Umbrella animation because this short does a great job mixing realism with a cartoon style, similar to the previous short I reviewed. Also, the water animation is amazing and is great to look at. So this short did give me trust that Finding Dory would do something similar and just as good and if not better.

Pixar Legacy:
So, I feel like a broken record when I keep saying stuff similar to my Blue Umbrella review, but I think I'll have to say that I feel like it is still pretty debatable if the short will have a Pixar legacy. This is still pretty fresh in people's memories but the question is if they will remember the short about 10 years from now. But I feel like they actually might remember this short, mainly because it has dialogue unlike other Pixar shorts and a song o top of that. So I feel like people actually might remember this short, but its still pretty debatable. But does that mean I like the short?

Final Thoughts:
I'm not quite sure about my thoughts on the short, since it does have good animation and some good elements, but there are some flaws. So this short is "meh", nothing terrible but nothing spectacular either.

Final Rating: 8/10

What are your thoughts on Lava? Leave your responses in the comments below and I'll see you soon!

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