As with all Disney/Pixar events, before the main feature of Cars 3 there’s a short animated film. They are always unique, moving and relevant. And LOU is just that. It tells the story of a school yard bully who steals toys from other kids – that is, until the toys get their own revenge. Here’s a short clip from LOU.

LOU Clip

LOU Official Lowdown


When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

From Pixar Animation Studios, director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray, Lou opens in US theaters on June 16th 2017, in front of Cars 3.


LOU – Meet Lou ©2017 Disney•Pixar

LOU Director Lowdown


Dave Mullins (Director) joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2000. His first project was working as a pre-production animator on the Academy Award®-winning film Finding Nemo. He went on to animate on a number of Pixar feature films, including Monsters Inc, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Mullins was an animator on the Golden Globe®-winning Cars and the short film One Man Band, and worked as directing animator on the Academy Award-winning Up. He was a a supervising animator on Cars 2. He also contributed his animation skills to Brave, Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.

A life-long lover of movies, cartoons and drawing, Mullins was determined to land a job as an artist. While studying painting in art school, he found a RISC 6000 computer in the computer lab storage closet and taught himself how to use it. After creating his first animation of a walking coat hanger, Mullins was hooked. He graduated Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in illustration. He secured his first job in the movies creating animated concession stand ads for theatres.

Mullins’ resume includes roles at Pike Productions, The Post Group, Acclaim Entertainment, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Dream Quest Images, Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks. He lives in Moraga, Calif., with his wife, their two children and dog Pickles!


When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box ©2017 Disney•Pixar

LOU Poster

LOU Short (2017) – Poster ©2017 Disney•Pixar

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