We also found it very interesting to learn more about Pixar's storied research process. Jim mentioned that although they (of course) had to take some liberties with talking volcanoes, they did stay true to one element of the geological history of the Hawaiian Islands. Volcanoes form and grow over hotspots in the ocean and over time, as they continue to drift along with the tectonic plates they drift off and another volcano will take its place. With the story of Lava, Pixar kept true to this premise as we know that the love story takes place over millions of years and involves the movement of Uku (the film's main character) and Lele within the Hawaiian waters.
Finally, we were also excited to hear Jim mention Aaron Hartline, who was the Supervising Animator on Lava, as we recently interviewed Aaron as part of our Pixar Pipeline Project (Listen to episode 31 of the Pixar Post Podcast to hear more details on Lava). Oh, and was anyone else thinking, "Hey, that Lava shirt Jim is wearing is so cool!", when watching the interview?
UPDATED: Shortly after posting the interview above, we spotted another great interview with Jim from a TEDxDetroit talk. Keep in mind though that if you watch the TEDx talk below, there are spoilers as Jim shares some wonderful concept artwork from LAVA.
- First Clip of Pixar's Upcoming Short Lava
- Episode 031 of the Pixar Post Podcast - Our interview with Pixar Animator Aaron Hartline, News from Inside Out, LAVA, Toy Story That Time Forgot and more
- Additional Details Surrounding Pixar's Upcoming Short, Lava
- Chat about your thoughts from LAVA in the Pixar Post Forum
Pixar Post - T.J.