Thanks again to Disney*Pixar for having me a guest at the Cars 3 Red Carpet World Premiere.
To say I’m a fan of Pixar shorts is an understatement. I adore them. In fact, they are at times, what I look forward to the most when I go to see a full feature Pixar film. It’s amazing the stories that can be told in 5-6 minutes and the messages that can be given. Lou is no different. Lou touches on a sensitive childhood topic- the mean kid on the playground. The bully. But Lou also teaches us that kindness goes a long way and everyone just wants to belong.
In 2005, Lou began to come to life. From Director Dave Mullins initial pitch of the vision, to story boarding, and rough animations to story rewrites upon rewrites. Written and directed by Dave Mullins and produced by Dana Murray, it was theatrically released alongside Pixar’s Cars 3 on June 16, 2017.
We learned from Dave and Dana, that a film at Pixar is never finished, but also that persistence pays off.
Sneak Peek of the New Pixar Short Lou
In the the six-minute film, you get a peek of Lou’s world and how it came to be. A red hoodie creature with baseball eyes, Lou is the heart and soul of a school playground Lost and Found bin. Similar to Sid from Toy Story, J.J. (a presumed bully) tricks and takes his classmates toys and other things away from him. Shenanigans ensue when Lou decides to teach the bully a lesson with some tricks of his own.
It’s important to recognize in the story that bullies are often awkward and feel invisible themselves. J.J. has his own motivations, which we discover at the end of the short.
In the end, Lou teaches how to overcome bullying, to be kind, and that happiness can be found from giving.
10 Cool facts about Lou
1. the letters for Lou came out of Lost & Found, and it gave the character his own name.
2. JJ stands for “Joyce Jean” – Dave’s mom (but she’s not a bully!)
3. JJ is actually a kid that was originally in Inside Out
4. Lou looks kind of “squirrely”.
5. Lou is the only red thing in the short so he stands out on the playground.
6. Lou is made of toys that are timeless and mean something to kids.
7. The music from Lou is a percussion recorded in the round. (Chris Beck from Frozen)
8. Lou gives you feelings of belonging.
9. There are subtle references to ET in Lou.
10. Other kids from Lou can be seen in Finding Dory and Inside Out
Make sure to get to theater early to see the new Pixar short Lou, which opens before Cars 3.
Cars 3 is in theaters EVERYWHERE!! Take your family to see it!