A little while ago, we heard that Pixar's next short film was going to be "a musical love story that takes place over millions of years," called Lava. Lava is directed by James Ford Murphy, is going to play before Pixar's next film, Inside Out, and is already winning rave reviews. And now we get our first look at it, with the whimsically charming still above! More details about Lava and its story below.
The LA Times debuted the still, which is of the main character of the seven minute short, Uku, a volcano. The article accompanying the still says the short tells the "musical love story between two mountains -- Uku and Lele." It also says the short will premiere at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan next month.
Director Murphy also told The LA Times that the short features a love song he wrote (also called "Lava"), performed by Hawaiian musicians Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig.
The still is absolutely stunning - both in terms of the sheer fantastic quality of the render and of the warm charm of Uku's cheery mug - and Lava (already preceding one of Pixar's most exciting films to date) promises to be something to watch out for.
Inside Out and Lava open on 19th June, 2015 in the US and 24th July, 2015 in the UK.