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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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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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Most of the animation was created by a group of interns working for one of the animators. See more »

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Referenced in Family Ingredients: California - Pipi Kaula (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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Inspirational Music & Storyline
19 June 2015 | by KoryNKimSee all my reviews

We saw this short before "In & Out" just a day after returning from a vacation in Hawaii, where my 11 year-old daughter learned to play the Ukulele. When the music started and the story unfolded, we looked at each other and gave the "Thumbs Up" sign, really enjoying this short. The Pixar artists did a great job in capturing the serenity and calmness of the Hawaiian island spirit of nature. Having been listening to IZ before and during our vacation, the music and voices did justice to his spirit of music and the cute play on words with "Lava".

My daughter is now desperate to locate the written score for this music to learn to play on her ukulele. I hope this will become available for sale soon!

Pixar - thank you for something different that has a valuable message: in the vastness of the natural world, what we have here on Earth is special, and finding someone to share our hopes and dreams is an amazing event worthy of our best hopes, dreams, and inspired creativity.


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