Lava (2014)

Lava (2014)

2014 | 7 Minutes

Family | Animation

The story follows the love story of two volcanoes, Uku and Lele. It features a song, "Lava", which is written by Murphy and performed by Kuana Torres Kahele and Napua Greig, who voice the two volca...

Overall Rating

4 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • Lava solidifies into a forgettable romantic vacation. A short musical involving one volcano helplessly falling in love with another volcano with the assistance of picturesque illustrations and on screen lyrics. This Hawaiian slideshow is beautiful and fully captures the natural tropical environment and its indigenous species. It most certainly made me want to pack a suitcase and set off to the tropics. The song is nice to listen to also, if a little simplistic. But that's about it. It's not exactly spewing eternal love across the Pacific Ocean, and that's due to the uninspired animation. Murphy clearly wanted the traditional song to be at the forefront, but it just felt like a lyric music video. Utterly lazy. Both volcanoes felt more like flat hills than fiery mountains, lacking severely in character development. The enforcement of charm, making viewers smile and go "awwww" as the two volcanoes watch the sunset, is as predictable as ever. And unfortunately doesn't even come across as educational for all those young wannabe-volcanologists in the world (are there any?). A male volcano spewing liquid and creating a female volcano. That people, is how babies are born. Fact. Regardless, Lava may look nice but has an ice cold heart. One of the weakest original Pixar shorts available.