Disney/Pixar invited me on an all expense paid press trip surrounding the release of Inside Out. All opinions are my own.
You probably remember me sharing that I spent a few days at Pixar back in March. The visit began with a cocktail party to celebrate the making of Lava, the new short that will show before Inside Out. In typical Pixar fashion, the evening was epic, with themed Hawaiian food and drink.
Because I’m a foodie, I have to show you more! See that flatbread on the edge of the table? That was pork belly. Oh my word. It was amazing.
But alas, we were not there for the food! We were there to screen Lava, and meet the creators of this adorable short.
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 had a chance to chat with Director James Murphy, who began as an animator with Pixar in 1996. The first films Murphy worked on were A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2, and the Academy Award®-winning features Monsters’ Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Pretty incredible resume, right? He was also the directing animator on the Golden Globe® winning film, Cars.
Murphy told us he originally found the inspiration for Lava over twenty years ago when he was on his honeymoon in Hawaii. Falling in love with Hawaiian culture, volcanoes, and music, he decided to try his hand at playing the ukulele. We were surprised to learn that Murphy actually wrote the theme song for Lava, and he even took out his ukulele and played it for us.
Though his performance was adorable, the song was recorded by Award-winning Hawaiian entertainers Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig.
I have a dream I hope will come true that you’re here with me and I’m here with you. I hope that the Earth, Sea and Sky up above will send me someone to love. ~ Lava
We were also able to chat with Andrea Warren, Producer. Warren joined Pixar in 1998 as a marketing production assistant on A Bug’s Life. She moved on to be an art department coordinator for Monster’s, Inc, and served as a digital painter on Finding Nemo. Her first role as manager was on Cars when she the managed the art department, and moved up to production manager for Academy Award®-winning WALL-E and Brave.
Warren loved the story from the first time she heard it. Who doesn’t root for a love story, right? The film has already been screened to many different audiences, and many have been moved to tears. It’s such a sweet film.
Here’s a the official trailer for Lava
As Lava is the short you’ll see before Inside Out, here’s a quick clip from that, as well! Inside Out hits theaters June 19th!
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Remember, INSIDE OUT opens in theaters everywhere on June 19th! I can’t wait to see the rest of it and read your comments! Please come back and share your thoughts on Inside Out and Lava!