The work paid off: Lava is a home run. The camera swoops and floats around the two volcanoes as they attempt to connect, and we in turn connect with them. "Volcanoes are misunderstood for being destructive -- and they are, I don't want to disrespect that," he says. "But so much of what we sit on, the land that we love and all of our cultures, is because of volcanoes."
I've never felt so affected by a Pixar short. Ever.