Lou (2017 film)

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Lou (2017 film) poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byDave Mullins
Produced byDana Murray
Screenplay byDave Mullins
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyAdam Habib
Edited byAnthony J. Greenberg
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12) (SXSW)
  • June 16, 2017 (2017-06-16) (with Cars 3)
Running time
6 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

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.[1] It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards.[2]


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 in the lost in found box 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 takes 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 new plushie dog that had been lost from J.J. Lou offers the dog 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 plushie dog is the last toy left and happily reclaims it, and then the ball come near him and decides to join the two other boys for a game of catch.


Director Dave Mullins presented the film at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[3]

Lou premiered at the South by Southwest festival on March 12, 2017.[4][5] It was theatrically released on June 16, 2017, together with Pixar's eighteenth film Cars 3.[1]

The film is dedicated to Mullins' father, who died during the making of the short.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 82% based on 11 reviews.[6]


Year Presenter/Festival Award/Category Status
2018 Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film Nominated[7]


  1. ^ a b c Truitt, Brian (1 February 2017). "Sneak peek: Pixar's new 'Lou' short tackles playground bullying". USA Today. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. ^ "90th Academy Award Animated Short Film Nominees". The Oscars 2018. Disney Enterprises, Inc. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Hopewell, John (24 April 2017). "'Despicable Me 3,' Pixar's 'Coco,' 'The Big Bad Fox' to Bow at France's 2017 Annecy Animation Festival". Variety. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  4. ^ "2017 Schedule - Lou". SXSW. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  5. ^ Winfrey, Graham (7 February 2017). "SXSW: Midnighters, Short Films and VR Round Out 2017 Lineup". IndieWire. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Lou (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "90th Academy Award Animated Short Film Nominees". 2018-01-23. Retrieved 2018-01-23.

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