LOU is a new Pixar short film you will be able to see playing before Cars 3. It is a heartwarming story that can really teach a lesson to everyone of all ages. I get excited to see short films now because they have all been so great. Most of the time I want them to continue on to be a full story but maybe someday they will go back and make short films into a movie. How great would that be?
LOU is about a red hoodie-covered creature with eyes made of baseballs and buttons hanging out inside a school’s Lost & Found bin. J.J. is a bully on the playground who takes his classmates’ stuff and destroys their beloved toys. Lou decides to teach him a lesson when the toys come to life. It sort of reminds you of Sid from Toy Story.
A few weeks ago I got the chance to catch a presentation about LOU and chat with LOU Director Dave Mullins and Producer Dana Murray. Without giving too much away about the short film here are some things you didn’t know about Pixar’s Short Film LOU.
12 Things You Didn’t Know about Pixar’s Short Film LOU
- It took 8 years of pitching short films to Disney for Director Dave Mullins to get noticed and approved.
- LOU was first titled as Lost & Found.
- LOU is the only red character in the film.
- JJ is the bully’s name in the short film which stands for Joyce John who is the director’s mom.
- There are several Disney references and characters in the short film, such as ET, Finding Dory and Inside Out.
- The music comes from the composer of Frozen.
- The playground is based from director’s Dave Mullins kid’s school playground.
- LOU’s character started out as a pile of toys and later become a red sweatshirt, baseball eyes with a slinky arm and baseball glove for a hand.
- The story is based on a “Lost and Found” toy box on the playground.
- Toys used in the film are timeless.
- Dana Murray is the producer of LOU.
- The film is dedicated to Dave Mullins dad who passed away while the film was being made. At the end of the film you will see it say “For Dad”.
Be sure to see check out Pixar’s short film LOU now playing before the Cars 3 movie in theaters everywhere. I promise you are going to love it!