Lou (2017 film)
|Directed by||Dave Mullins|
|Produced by||Dana Murray|
|Screenplay by||Dave Mullins|
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Edited by||Anthony J. Greenberg|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
Lou is a 2017 American computer-animated short film written and directed by Dave Mullins and produced by Pixar. It was theatrically released alongside Pixar's Cars 3 on June 16, 2017. The short is about a lost and found box and the unseen monster within. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
The lost-and-found box in a kindergarten playground is home to Lou, a creature made from the assorted unclaimed items (whose name is made up of the three missing letters on the box). Every day after recess, Lou picks up the toys that the children leave behind; the next day, he sets them out on the playground for their owners to find.
A bully named J.J. starts stealing toys from the other children and putting them in his backpack. Lou is angered, and starts to take toys back from J.J.'s backpack, but J.J. catches him in the act and a chase ensues, with Lou constantly changing his shape to avoid being caught.
During the chase, Lou notices the name tag on J.J.'s underwear matches a toy left in the box, a teddy bear that had been taken from J.J. by an older bully. Lou offers the bear to J.J., but only in return for J.J. returning all of the items from the lost-and-found box to their owners. J.J. initially returns the toys begrudgingly, but is surprised when a girl gratefully hugs him, and begins to enjoy returning the remaining items. Returning to the box, J.J. finds that Lou is no longer present, as all of his parts have been claimed. J.J. sees his teddy bear is the last toy left and happily reclaims it, and then joins two other boys for a game of catch.
The film is dedicated to Mullins' father, who died during the making of the short.
|2018||Academy Awards||Best Animated Short Film||Nominated|
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