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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 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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19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Lava See more »

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This is the short film which played right before Inside Out (2015). See more »

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Featured in AniMat's Reviews: Inside Out (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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Lava: Quaint but weaker than the average Pixar short
12 July 2017 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Lava tells the story of a lonely volcano, yep really. Anyway this volcano spends his days singing and that's the general premise of this. Generally I adore these beautiful little shorts and Piper (2016) really set the bar. Don't get me wrong Lava is good, it has your usual Pixar charm and hits you right in the feels but it just didn't have "It" whatever "It" may be.

If I saw two one man bands competing for the attention of a little girl to get a shiny gold coin (One Man Band: 2005) I'd laugh and cheer, if I saw a magician trying to keep his unruly rabbit in check (Presto:2008) I'd be in hysterics, if I saw a baby bird brave the new world I'd d'awww (Piper:2016) but I can confidently say if I saw a singing volcano I'd run screaming in soggy trousers (It'd be sweat I swear).

Sweet, heartfelt, but a lonely singing volcano really?


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