Before every Pixar Feature, there is a Pixar Short. The theatrical release of Inside Out was no different. Lava, the Pixar Animation Short before Inside Out, tells the story of Uko, a singing volcano. He gets to see other creatures around him experiencing companionship, but he himself has no one to love. As the lyrics read, "I have a dream, I hope will come true. You’re here with me and I’m here with you. I wish that the earth, sea, the sky up above, will send me someone to lava." I absolutely loved the effects and picturesque storytelling used in the short. It left me thinking later that maybe we might see Uko in Moana.
I don't want to spoil anything but I really want to highlight the importance of the short. Ultimately, we are all made to share life with one another. Whether it be with a spouse, child, or best friend, you shouldn't have to experience life alone. Being lonely happens and can be okay for a time, but it is important to have someone there when life's ups and downs sail through. Those moments will pass and hopefully you'll come out in the end stronger than you ever thought your bond could be.
I highly recommend that you make sure to check out Inside Out in theaters now and get there early to see this beautifully written short. It had me gripping my honey's hand tighter, while I used the other hand to wipe away the happy tears that streamed across my gleaming smile.