Synopsis: A story that takes place over millions of years and is inspired by the beauty of tropical islands and the allure of ocean volcanoes,
Stars: Napua Greig, Kuana Torres Kahele
Director: James Ford Murphy
Running Length: 6 minutes
Trailer Review: Here
TMMM Score: (9/10)
Review: A nice trend lately from Disney and Disney/PIXAR is to include a short animated film before their feature releases. These little nuggets tend to be mostly golden (several have won the Oscar for Animated Short Film), packing a lot of ingenuity into their five- or six-minute running times. Audiences lining up to see Inside Out should make sure not to be late because to miss PIXAR’s newest short would be a shame.
As is the case with most shorts from the studio, the message is simple though the execution can be slyly complex. Lava is a musical story of a Hawaiian volcano longing for a partner to call his own. All around him he sees couples: birds, clouds, turtles, etc and his melodic wish (sung with heart-tugging brio by Kuana Torres Kahele) is to find someone to love-a…sorry, lava. The key to it all is just below the surface…where a female volcano (Napua Greig) has been listening for years. Their story unfolds in a beautifully rendered six minutes, warming up your tear ducts for Inside Out…but these are happy tears wrung out of you unapologetically by director James Ford Murphy, a lone ukulele, and two gorgeous voices. One of Pixar’s best shorts to go along with one of their best films.