The scoop on Pixar’s LOU with Dave Mullins and Dana Murray
In 2005 Dave Mullins started working on a short movie that he wanted to present to Pixar. He pitched several ideas and none were accepted. He knew that a short movie needed heart, a flawed character, be entertaining, have a setting and obviously be animated. Dave’s initial idea included a family of beavers, but that didn’t make it too far.
While Dave was growing up they moved a lot so he was always the “new kid”. It made it difficult to make friends, or have lasting relationships. From this he took some of his inspiration for the short he was trying to present.
Finally, Dave came up with an idea of an “invisible” character using a pile of toys from the “Lost n Found”. This became his character and also became the challenge to put this into animation form. He incorporated a ‘thief’ with a little boy that gave him the conflict he needed. A thief type bully that steals the other kids’ toys. This is how JJ was born.
After pitching his idea to John Lasseter, John did say that it looked like it had the potential to go somewhere and yet he felt it would be a pain in the butt to do.
Producer Dana Murray Joins for the Making of LOU
Dana Murray entered in the production of LOU, although they had to put a hold on things while the making of The Good Dinosaur when they came back it was time to get things going. Editors play a big part in the rough assembly. It was mentioned that animators were probably still cursing Dave out with all that it took to get LOU to work.
8 Facts from Pixar’s LOU short
- Dave named the ‘thief’ JJ but the initials to him stood for Joyce Jean after his own Mom.
- The kids on the playground came from Inside Out and Finding Dory so it would take less time to animate them.
- Originally JJ seemed more mean than entertaining so they had to work on that. All really bullies want is attention so they had to take him from mean to needing attention.
- Originally they were going to name the movie short “Lost and Found” but they couldn’t because that term isn’t allowed to be used due to copyright.
- The playground was based on his and Dana’s kids elementary school playground in California.
- Dave’s Dad passed away during the filming. It is bittersweet to (me) that this came out on Father’s Day Weekend 2017.
- LOU is the only red thing in the short.
- There are references to Dave’s childhood dog and even E.T. in this short.
After LOU was finished Dave Mullins said,
“The Kid That Felt Invisible Finally No Longer Did”.
Cars 3 Opened in Theaters a week ago today!! June 16, 2017
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U.S. Release Date: June 16, 2017
Voice Cast: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer
Director: Brian Fee
Producer: Kevin Reher
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late/ Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), “Cars 3” cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.
• “Cars” (2006) and “Cars 2” (2011) took in more than $1 billion in combined worldwide box office.
• “Cars” won a Golden Globe® for best-animated feature film and two Annie Awards for best-animated feature and best music in an animated feature production. Composer Randy Newman won a Grammy® for best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media (“Our Town”). The film was nominated for an Oscar® for best-animated feature film, as well as best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (“Our Town”).
• “Cars 2” was nominated for a Golden Globe® for best-animated feature film, in addition to a host of other industry nominations.
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