Love. That’s all we need…so the song says. Beyond people, do you really think much about love? Dogs, cats, gorillas, and even volcanoes want to love and be loved too. They just show their love and search for their love a little differently than we do as humans, but they all say I Lava You. The Moving Story of LAVA, the Disney Pixar Short before Inside Out, shows us that.
(I was provided with this experience by Disney Pixar. Any opinions are 100% my entertainment lovin’ own.)
While in San Francisco for the Inside Out Press Day, we also got the chance to screen LAVA and interview Director James Murphy and Producer Andrea Warren. I was really looking forward to chatting with them because, you see, LAVA isn’t just an idea they come up with. It’s something James Murphy was passionate about.
“Volcanoes are so destructive, but they are so creative. They’re so powerful in their eruptions, but they’re so peaceful. It’s cool to fall in love with a place that also has character.” – LAVA Director James Murphy
LAVA is the 7 minute animated musical love short (that you can only see before Disney Pixar’s Inside Out), that stars two volcanoes, Uke and Lele. This short follows their love story that takes place over millions of years. Not only did James Murphy create a story about some place he really loved, but he also wrote the song in LAVA that you will be signing long after the credits of Inside Out roll.
LAVA is inspired by the “isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.” The idea originally came to Murphy 20 years ago, while honeymooning on Hawaii’s Big Island.
The inspiration for the song came from the ER Episode ‘On The Beach’ and the song was “Over the Rainbow” by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole. After writing the beautiful song, he spent a year listening to Hawaiian music to find people to sing it.
Murphy actually pulled out a Ukelele and played the song for us after the screening at Pixar Animation Studios! I was honestly blown away by the skills of this multi-talented man.
I Lava You, so I’m sharing the Lyrics to the LAVA song.
A long, long time ago, there was a Volcano living all alone, I never did see.
He sat high above his bay watching all the couples play and wishing that he had someone too.
And from his lava came this song of hope that he sang out loud every day for years and years.
I have a dream, I hope will come true. That you’re here with me, and I’m here with you.
I hope that the Earth, Sea, and Sky up above…will send me, someone, to love.
Now I bet you can’t get Pixar’s Lava Lyrics our of your head!
After chatting with Director James Murphy and Producer Andrea Warren, the fun continued at the LAVA Screening Party! We filled our bellies with some amazing food and desserts and mingled with some of the creative minds behind Inside Out and LAVA. It was a wonderfully relaxing time with awesome people, that transported me to Hawaii, if only for a moment, via food, drinks, and ambiance.
Fun Facts About Pixar’s LAVA
- LAVA is Pixar’s first musical!
- James Murphy wrote “I lava you” on a napkin, with two volcanoes, and gave it to his wife before he began creating the film.
- Kuana and Napua, the actors behind the volcano voices, had grown up together and went to Hula school together as kids!
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