The animation studio is moving mountains again – this time quite literally, in the shape of an animated Hawaiian volcano
The dream technicians at Pixar have given us anthropomorphic toys, robots, cars, fish and rats. But none of the Emeryville production house's previous efforts truly prepares one for the sight of a lovelorn, crinkly-eyed Hawaiian volcano crooning its loneliness to the heavens.
Lava, a short film that will screen in advance of Inside Out, the Disney-owned studio's latest movie, features the tones of musician Kuana Torres Kahele as the lovesick mountain. The film's director, James Ford Murphy, who is also Pixar's head of animation, said that, to create Uku the volcano's unique countenance, designers combined the features of Kahele with those of Jackie Gleason, the Honeymooners star, and the bulldog from the classic Merrie Melodies short Feed the Kitty.
"We struggled with it a lot," he told Yahoo! Movies. "But I feel like, once we were able to embrace the limitations of it, it unlocked all sorts of possibilities. I love that about animation: you can really make a mountain come alive. You can't do that in another medium."
He added: "I thought that if I could marry the rich imagery with the power and emotion of music, then I could really make something cool."
Inside Out, which will be directed by Pete Docter, will arrive in US cinemas on 19 June and debuts in the UK on 31 July.
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