Who’s up for a first look at the artwork from Pixar’s newest animated short Lava? Although we have known for a while it is to be released with the theatrical feature film Inside Out, we just learned that Lava will actually premiere next week at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan. So even though we only get a sneak, one-frame advance look at the film, the whole thing is done and ready to show.
The short, directed by James Ford Murphy, is an eternal love story between two volcanoes named Uku and Lele (Ukelele???). The story is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes. Murphy says he has been toying with the idea for over twenty years, since his honeymoon in Hawaii.
“This whole story has been an exercise in contrast. Volcanoes are so destructive, but they’re so creative. They’re so powerful in their eruptions but they’re so peaceful,” Murphy went on to say. “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.”