Pixar short films have delighted moviegoers ever since a family of desk lamps tried to wrangle a bouncy ball in the lead up to “Toy Story 2.” The animation company has come a long way since “Luxo Jr.,” and now they are getting ready to debut their latest short “Lou” with “Cars 3.”
According to USA Today, “Lou” follows an unseen creature in a lost-and-found bin. Wrapped in a red hoodie and sporting baseballs for eyes, the creature watches as a group of children enjoying recess are terrorized by one of their peers. Naturally, the creature decides to intervene in order to teach that bully a lesson.
The short is directed by Dave Mullins and runs for six minutes. Mullins has worked at Pixar for 16 years as an animator on films like “Cars,” “Finding Nemo” and “Up,” but “Lou” is Mullins’ directorial debut.
Mullins also shared just how "Lou" was inspired by his feelings of alienation as a child. “You either feel invisible because you don’t know the other kids or you’re embarrassed and you want to be invisible. I thought it’d be really cool to have a character who could hide in plain sight,” Mullins said.
“Lou” screens directly before “Cars 3.” “Cars 3” stars Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer and debuts in theaters on June 16, 2017.