Thank you to Disney and Pixar for hosting me during the Cars 3 Event.
When you head to the theater to see Cars 3, you’ll also have the opportunity to see the new short film LOU. It’s the story of a toy-stealing bully who ruins recess for a playground full of kids. Only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. We were treated to a behind the scenes look at the making of LOU during the Cars 3 press junket.
Disney and Pixar short films start with a pitch.
Director Dave Mullins has been pitching ideas for Pixar shorts since 2005.
Dave’s wife Lisa created the first LOU.
Lisa Mullins is a stop motion animator. She used found objects to create a LOU maquette. Dave then brought the maquette into his pitch meeting.
The bully in LOU was visually based on Jonah Bobo in Crazy Stupid Love.
They tried out a few other inspirations, but they all looked too tough. They wanted a combination of toughness and vulnerability.
Children in LOU can be seen in the background of Finding Dory and Inside Out.
This allowed them to create characters in a shorter amount of time and with fewer resources.
The percussion music was recorded in the round.
This was the idea of Christophe Beck, the composer, to give the music a quirky and unique quality. Christophe’s previous work included Frozen.
You can catch LOU in theaters now in front of Cars 3!
Follow along with all of the fun with my Cars 3 Event Coverage.
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