Lou (2017)
Lou (2017)

Genre: Comedy, Fairy Tale, and Short Running Time: 6 min.

Release Date: June 16th, 2017 MPAA Rating: G

Director: Dave Mullins Writer: Dave Mullins

 


 

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t an elementary school playground, a Lost and Found box contains a wealth of clothing and toys and curios, which several of the students enjoy borrowing during recess. A football, a lunchbox, a Slinky, baseballs, a handheld video game, and plenty of other items populate the box of odds and ends, which begin to take shape and form a toy-monster when all the children return to their classrooms. This creature collects all of the discarded items, cleans up and organizes the playground, and then waits patiently for the next recess break.

Conflict comes in the form of J.J., the schoolyard bully, who steals the toys and abandoned articles from the smaller kids. So it’s only natural that the toy-monster should provide a bit of playful retribution. In a strange yet welcome twist, the sock-puppet-like entity (which is both highly creative and also a touch scary) is not only the source of a lesson about bullying, but it’s also an inspiration for righting wrongs. With no spoken dialogue and no complex special effects, “Lou” manages that rare feat of generating humor, pathos, and the emotional ups and downs expected of the incredibly high caliber of work released by Pixar. Additionally, it prompts fascinating questions about the nature of Lou itself – an idea that has manifested into a physical being, or perhaps merely a hallucination required for a good-natured alteration in perspective. With its “Toy Story”-esque setup, it’s short and simple moral notes, and a heartwarming resolution, “Lou” is – in its very brief runtime – far superior to the feature film that it accompanies theatrically (“Cars 3”).

– Mike Massie

  • 9/10