Lava focuses on Uku, a lonely, three-mile-wide lava spewing Hawaiian volcano. The story is told musically, using the singing voice of musician Kuahna Torres Kahele to tell Uku's tale of longing for love in an ocean where everyone around him – the birds, the dolphins, even the clouds – seems to have found that someone special.
It might seem like a challenge to bring an essentially static character to life, and indeed the animation supervisor turned director admits as much. "We struggled with it a lot," Murphy tells Yahoo. "But I feel like, once we were able to embrace the limitations of it, it unlocked all sorts of possibilities. I love that about animation: You can really make a mountain come alive. You can't do that in another medium."
Lava will hit our screens along with Inside Out on 24 July next year.