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


James Ford Murphy
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Credited cast:
Napua Greig Napua Greig ... Lele (voice)
Kuana Torres Kahele Kuana Torres Kahele ... Uku (voice)


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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Director James Ford Murphy graduated from Marquette University, where he was a classmate of Chris Farley's. See more »


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 September 2015 (2015) See more »


Music, Lyrics and Ukulele by James Ford Murphy
Vocal performances by Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig
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Have some Kleenex handy for this marvelous short film!
18 June 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short film alone is more than enough reason to go see Inside Out.

When I went to the theater to see Inside Out tonight, little did I realize that the best part of my evening would be when they showed the short, Lava, before the feature film. However, like Inside Out, I doubt if Lava will resonate very well with small children, as its intended audience appears to be adults.

The short is very simple--as you'd expect in a short film. It consists of the most adorable volcano in history singing a love song--hoping that perhaps a girl volcano will answer his call. Amazingly strange, I'll admit but the film works remarkably well because Disney Animation is clearly working at its best on this one. The CGI is breathtaking--working magnificently with the 3-D technology-- something that isn't true of most 3-D films. The story is lovely as well and will most likely have many of you reaching for your Kleenex. The bottom line is that this is one terrific short and more than reason enough to arrive at the theater with plenty of time to spare so you don't miss a moment of this lovely film.

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19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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