Today is the big day! The one you’ve been waiting for. Cars 3 arrives in theaters today and I’m over the moon excited. While we’re on vacation, I’m taking the kids this evening to see it. I’ve already purchased the tickets. The bigger news though is I’m excited for the newest short Lou. This is one of the best shorts I’ve seen yet. Maybe it’s just because it touches home for me, from the story itself to the story of why/how it was made. Lou is a tender story of a bully and an unimaginable friend. I think this is why it’s so important to me. When I was younger (heck even now) I was bullied. I can still remember my mom walking into the school when I was in 7th grade and telling the secretary that she would not be leaving until she spoke with administrators. You see every day in gym class, DF would kick me, call me names and even punch me a time or two. I was a mild mannered child who didn’t like to cause issues. So I didn’t speak up. I kept my pain quiet until my sister saw the bruises on my legs. She told mom. Years have passed and I still remember everything from that day and the ones that followed. I know that time has passed and DF has passed away. Do I still hold anger? Nope. Do I feel sorry for her? Actually I do. I’ve grown and learned that there were things in her life that made her the way she was. I feel sorry that she didn’t have a true voice to help her. My parents were that for me.
Lou hit homes a little more now as we’re struggling with Rae being bullied. We’re trying to instill in her the same love of herself and others that my parents raised me with. My parents were my strength and I’m being that same strength for Rae. Lou is bringing those memories back and is a great way for others to see that sometimes the bully we think is mean and tough is really just a little kid who has to learn how to deal with his emotions.
Dave Mullins is the creator and director of Lou. He has been working at Pixar for many years and started thinking of ideas for shorts in 2005. He worked on several different ones before he pitched Lou in 2012. After several different revisions Lou became a reality. From variations in the story to variations in how Lou would be made himself, there were changes. While in San Fransisco for the Cars 3 Event, we got to hear about Lou from Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, producer. It was great to see the Pixar Pipeline works the same way for the shorts as it does for the feature movies. You have a story, you do art, change the story, animate, change the story, render, change the story, animate some more, change the story and so on. This is the same process Dave and Dana went through to make Lou. I loved hearing and seeing all the different iterations that Lou was. I think the most important take away for me was these words from Dave:
At that moment this kid that felt invisible for so long as a school kid, realized not only did I make a great film but also made a lot of great friends.
For years I was like Dave, the invisible kid that while I haven’t made a great film, I do have great friends and I have this amazing job that gives me the opportunity to see and hear from some amazing people like Dave.
I got to see about 40 minutes of Cars 3 already and well it’s everything I wanted it to be! Go see it!