Disclaimer: Disney, Pixar and ABC invited me to San Francisco on an all-expenses paid trip, in exchange for my coverage of events, which included an advanced screening of the PIXAR short Lou. As always, all opinions are my own.
Today, in homes, cars and theaters all across the country, kids are running around saying KA-CHOW!
It’s the day so many of us have been waiting for – June 16th, the day when we can all race to the theaters to see our beloved friends, Mater and Lightning McQueen, along with some new role models (I’m talking about you Cruz Ramirez). For Cars 3 is now in theaters EVERYWHERE!
But as we all know, before every PIXAR film, there plays a PIXAR short. In fact, some PIXAR shorts have become as loved as their feature films. Case in chief…Piper, Lava, and Feast.
The latest PIXAR short Lou, has found a home playing in theaters today before Cars 3.
Warning…you will LOVE Lou!
You see, PIXAR has the unique ability to take inanimate objects and make us fall in love with them. We smile. We cry. We are invested in what happens.
In a PIXAR short, this is masterfully done in just a matter of minutes.
But you see, this PIXAR short, tackles a subject that is so timely and so relevant for many of us as parents, as kids.
PIXAR Short Lou Tackles Bullying
I remember her well.
She was the exact opposite of me in every way. We came from two different worlds. But here in 6th grade, my whole world was school. And apparently every teacher thought we needed to sit in alphabetical order by last name. That put me next to her. Every. Single. Day.
Then the bullying started.
I was crushed. I was in tears. This is what makes me dread watching my daughter go off to middle school in the coming years.
My bully. Though it happened over 30 years ago, I still feel the pain.
But Lou, in a few short minutes, had me wondering what pain my bully had felt that caused her to do this.
I’m thankful to PIXAR for bringing this short to the big screen and for bringing this topic up for discussion on car rides home. It was a great way to bring up bullying with my daughter this week, as we exited the theater.
FUN FACT: A school kid from the movie Inside Out, was used to create the boy in this film, JJ, (featured above).
While at PIXAR Headquarters this past March, I was able to sit down with Lou Director Dave Mullins and Producer Dana Murray. They spoke of what each PIXAR film has, whether it’s a full-length feature film or a short. It’s a recipe of sorts.
Recipe for a PIXAR Film:
- Heart – the main character is flawed and experiences personal growth.
- Entertainment – the story has to be unpredictable and funny.
- Setting – the film needs to transport the viewer or audience to some place that is exciting and new.
- Animation – the film must be called to be animated and must use animation’s full potential.
How Lou Came to Be
Dave Mullins had been pitching stories at PIXAR for years. Nothing really took until Dave started looking back at his childhood, which involved a lot of moving and starting over at new schools.
A non-traditional character, made up of a collection of toys, ever-evolving…this was going to be a challenge. John Lasseter loved the idea and Lou was set in motion.
There’s so much more I could share about this, but I want you to be surprised by the film and how it plays out!
Let’s watch a short clip so you can see for yourself who Lou is…
It’s a must-see PIXAR short!
CARS 3 now open in theatres everywhere!
More from my PIXAR trip:
My entire trip in blog posts:
- Rare chat with Cars 3 Director
- How PIXAR Came up with Cars 3 Story
- Tour PIXAR Headquarters
- Cars 3 – Bringing the Next Generation to Life
- Sonoma Raceway Experience
- The Toy Box – PIXAR Visit
- Born in China Screening & Review
- Puppy Dog Pals – Exclusive Interview
- Pixar in a Box – FREE
- I’m Going to PIXAR for Cars 3 Event
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