Next to Big Hero 6, Pixar’s “Lava,” was probably one of the films I looked forward to watching the most. Ever since Pixar first announced it would be making this short film I was excited for it because it was inspired by Hawaii. I recall reading an article where the director said his honeymoon to Hawaii inspired this love story between the two volcanoes, “Uku” and “Lele.”
The bright color and stunning animation that Pixar is known for exceeded my expectations for this short film. The portrayal of Uku and Lele done by Hawaii’s own Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig gave the film a more authentic feel.
I loved the short and sweet storyline. The music reminded me a lot of our islands, and I was surprised to learn that the director himself wrote the song. I thought this movie was very unique because of the choice in characters – because they were massive volcanoes who were stationary.
The only thing I would have wanted for this movie was for it to be a part of a full length feature film. It would’ve been so great to have a whole movie with such a beautiful scenery made by the one and only Pixar.