Pixar has released a teaser poster for LAVA, the animated short that will open with “Inside Out” next June 19. Disney describes the movie as a musical love story inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes that takes place over millions of years.
The short is supposed to evoke the beautiful ukelele inspired sounds of Hawaii and specifically the version of “Over the Rainbow” sung by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole’.
James Ford Murphy will direct and Andrea Warren is the producer. “Lava” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, in front of “Inside Out.”
“Bruddah Iz” left us on June 26, 1997. In 1997, Kamakawiwoʻole was honored by HARA at the Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, and Island Contemporary Album of the Year. He watched the awards ceremony from a hospital room. The Hawaii state flag flew at half-staff on July 10, 1997, the day of Kamakawiwoʻole’s funeral. His koa wood coffin lay in state at the state capitol building in Honolulu. He was the third person in Hawaiian history to be awarded this honor, and the only one who was not a government official. Approximately ten thousand people attended the funeral. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach on July 12, 1997.The funeral and the scattering of Kamakawiwoʻole’s ashes were featured in the official music video of “Over the Rainbow” released posthumously by the Mountain Apple Company.
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