I was interested in developing the idea that the legend of "Lava Boy" was as old as time... and had been passed down from generation to generation. I love the power of Oceanic art, and drew inspiration from it in my early concept sketches.
I also was inspired from a working trip to Reunion Island. Reunion is incredibly beautiful, and has one of the most active volcanoes in the world. I could easily visualize the story taking place in a fragile environment such as this.