Meet Uku, LAVA’s singing volcano who will serenade you before you see INSIDE OUT!
Disney/Pixar always loves to include shorts before its films and INSIDE OUT is no exception! The film will be preceded by a Pixar short by James Ford Murphy called LAVA, which tells the story of a lonely volcano loving for a little love-a.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ford Murphy discusses what inspired LAVA and how it will capture hearts!
On creating a “music video” with Uku’s story:
That was one of my goals, to see if could I tell a story that’s told completely in a song. With a ukulele that kind of drives the emotional beat of the whole piece.
How actual Hawaiian geology inspired the story:
“…I found out there is an underwater volcano just off the coast of the big island called Lo’ihi that’s expected to reach the surface and join the big island in the next 10,000 to 100,000 years. That’s where I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, does Lo’ihi know The Big Island is there? And does The Big Island know Lo’ihi is there?'”
About singers Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig:
So when I first pitched this, I promised that this would be sung by traditional Hawaiian singers … We found out when Kuana and Napua got [to the recording session] that they actually grew up together and they were in hula school together. And they’re what they call hula brother and sister. So it was really one of those serendipitous things that we were very lucky to get them and have this wonderful recording session that the whole film kind of embodies.
Here a clip from the short released last year:
Inspired 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.
We’ve never wanted to hug a volcano before, but now that idea seems totally feasible!
LAVA will be in theaters tomorrow ahead of INSIDE OUT!