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Review: Lou is Compassion, Lost and Found

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A lost and found box on the school playground looks very ordinary on the outside, but it’s teeming with life and magic within.
Like most of Pixar’s canon, Lou personifies an inanimate object, or in this case, a handful of lifeless, every day objects. All the lost toys and clothes are assembled into a playground guardian, who is otherwise invisible beneath. Lou is one day challenged by a bully who swipes the belongings of the other children. What begins as a funny battle between Lou and J.J. (the bully), evolves into a tender, moving story about compassion. Bullies hurt others because they’ve been hurt themselves. But rather than simply excuse J.J.’s behavior, Lou offers him the opportunity to give and receive compassion.
A wordless short, Lou is one of the studio’s most innovative creations. As Dave Mullins revealed at the press junket last week, the character was animated entirely by hand, with “no computer shortcuts or simulations.” The animation here is truly impressive, as Lou morphs into a variety of clever shapes and disguises.
You can catch a glimpse of Lou’s immense charm in the exclusive clip below.


See Lou with Cars 3 this Friday!

Last modified: June 15, 2017

Simoa (Elliefredricksen) is Editor in Chief of Upcoming Pixar. Simoa is a lifelong Pixar fan, but she didn't start blogging about the studio until 2010. Up and Ellie left a lasting impression, and the rest is history! She also has a deep, abiding love for fairy tales and Classic Hollywood films.