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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Napua Greig Napua Greig ... Lele (voice)
Kuana Torres Kahele Kuana Torres Kahele ... Uku (voice)
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Storyline

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 aeons, the lonely volcano has been waiting patiently for his true mate, however, is anyone listening to Uku's beautiful melody? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lava See more »

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Pixar Animation Studios 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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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 September 2015 (2015) 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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Calm and serene, but not overflowing with the usual Pixar goodness
19 June 2015 | by WilliamOTylerSee all my reviews

Lava is the short story of a volcano who wishes to find someone to love like the animals that surround him. There isn't much action, as the main character is so stationary. In fact the entire piece is very calm and serene, but without being too boring. It's all set against a song that, though it's full of heart, is somewhat stagnant and often begins to teeter on annoying. Luckily each time the short reaches this point, something happens to change the status quo and mildly peaks interest again.

Lava is definitely not Pixar's best. There's only so much that be done when watching an island as a whole from afar. The animation is eye catching, but standard fare for the company, and may actually not be fast paced enough to hold many children's attention. Still, Lava is definitely not Pixar's worst either, giving a story that really is sweet and showing us familiar objects from a different point of view as only Pixar can.


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