Friday, July 3, 2015

Disney/Pixar Animated Short Reviews: #61 Lava 2014 9 out of 10

Lava 2014   9 out of 10

This computer animated cartoon short by Pixar accompanied Inside Out in the theaters.  It was a simple and sweet cartoon.  It is basically a love poem/song about a lonely volcano/island searching for someone to love.  As life goes along around him he dreams of and sings about having a love of his own as he slowly sinks into the ocean.  It is an emotional film.  Pixar is able to capture the emotions of this volcano as he slowly sinks.  He sings his song one last time (still hopeful- but with saddness in his heart).  Finally a new volcano rises just as he sinks below the surface.  The problem is this island is facing away from him when it surfaces and can't see him. The new volcano all alone starting singing his song back to him as he fades away.

The song in this short is excellent.  It is so simple and so sweet and when you get to the end I dare you not to feel some emotion.  This short was a perfect companion piece for Inside Out and sets the mood for the emotional ride that is Inside Out.

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