Marc Snetiker
June 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT

Before audiences hit the speedway in Cars 3, they’ll first tread a different kind of asphalt — that serenely hopscotched tarmac of an elementary school playground — in the latest short from Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

EW is pleased to exclusively introduce you to Lou, the star of Lou, the new short running before Cars 3 (in theaters June 16).

Lou himself is… well, up for debate. It’s probably easiest to describe him as a friendly monster who runs the school’s lost and found, inhabiting all sorts of mismatched and misplaced objects in his duty as omniscient playground watchdog. Lou keeps a close eye (or two) on the kids and makes sure everyone is reunited with the treasures they’ve lost — even those who didn’t realize they’ve parted ways with something precious.


In a new clip, above, from the six-minute film, directed by Dave Mullins and produced by Dana Murray, you’ll get a good glimpse at Lou’s happy world — and meet the very rude reason why Lou has to come out of his shell. Well, technically, sweatshirt.

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