TIL; Disney's Lava short film was based off real people!

If you guys watched Inside Out you should remember a short film that was shown briefly before the movie began, called Lava.

It was about a volcano looking for love. I loved the song and always remembered the short film. Well today I learnt that the story was actually based off real people.

Izrael Kamakawiwo'ole, the legendary singer that sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow, was the actual inspiration for the film. The male volcano was modelled based on him and the female volcano was modelled based on his wife Marlene Kamakawiwo'ole and their unconditional love was used an inspiration for this short film.

This makes me appreciate the film so much more.

Watch here if you haven't already. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh4dTLJ9q9o

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