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A story that takes place over millions of years and is inspired by the beauty of tropical islands and the allure of ocean volcanoes.

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James Ford Murphy
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Credited cast:
Napua Greig Napua Greig ... Lele (voice)
Kuana Torres Kahele Kuana Torres Kahele ... Uku (voice)
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In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a solitary volcanic island, Uku, longs for love and a companion to share his sentimental and sweet song. Surrounded by creatures great and small, for eons, the lonely volcano has been waiting patiently for his true mate, however, is anyone listening to Uku's beautiful melody? He's finally about to find out. Written by Nick Riganas

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lava See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The film premiered at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. See more »

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Featured in Pixar's Greatest Moments (2016) See more »

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Lava
Music, Lyrics and Ukulele by James Ford Murphy
Vocal performances by Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig
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Extremely Charming and Beautiful to Look At
23 June 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lava (2014)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Exceptionally entertaining Pixar short has a volcano singing about "lava" and how he wishes he had someone to spend time with. Over millions of years we learn that there's a volcano under the water who has heard him the entire time. This Pixar short is another classic from the studio who seem to be just as good at making shorts as they are the features and that's saying a lot. As you'd expect, the actual animation is really wonderful and I'd argue that some of the studio's best work can be found here including a brilliant sequence where we see the volcano over thousands of years. The time elapse was just something beautiful to see. Then there's the song itself, which is incredibly clever and packs a nice little punch at the end. This film really does a great job at showing this love story through the ages and I think parents will enjoy it just as much as children.


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