Take a Look at the Volcanic Star of Pixar’s Latest Short, Lava


Last month, ComingSoon.net brought you a look at both Disney•Pixar’s latest animated feature, Inside Out, and their next short film, Lava, which will screen before the feature when it hits theaters next summer. Today, LA Times has revealed the first still from Lava, giving fans a look at the short’s protagonist, a volcano named Uku.

An entirely musical short, Lava was directed by Jim Murphy, who was inspired to create a song that would give people the same feeling he got the first time he heard Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The original tune is set against the tale of a very lonely volcano who wishes he had “someone to lava.”

Lava will screen next Monday, July 14 at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan but most of us will have to wait until Juny 19, 2015 when it and Inside Out land in theaters.