Pixar’s next original feature film, Luca, is ready to make an impact after the triumph of Soul at the Academy Awards. The film, directed by Enrico Casarosa, best known for La Luna, is a new type of adventure, described as a “coming-of-age drama about one young kid living an extraordinary summer filled with gelato, spaghetti, and countless scooter rides.” While Soul dabbled with existentialism, this one had all the ingredients for a fun summer film. Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, and others star in Luca’s film. Andrea Warren is the producer, and Jesse Andrews and Mike Jones are the writers. watch the clip below
Much of Luca’s story is based on Enrico Casarosa’s personal experiences growing up in a tiny beach town. “I was born in Genoa, which is this impoverished town located on the riviera,” he remarked of his early vacations. And I was a bashful kid who had been somewhat shielded by my family. My universe expanded when I met my closest buddy at the age of eleven. He was a bit of a mischief-maker, and he didn’t get much supervision. So, during those beautiful summers when you’re growing up and trying to figure out who you are, I was following him about and getting drawn into mischief. And that got me thinking about how much we discover ourselves via our friendships, or how much friendships help us discover who we want to be.
“It’s a really particular coastline,” he added of the site. It’s rocky, with mountains and the sea. Most settlements are clinging to the rocks for dear life, and there are a lot of cliffs. As a result, I kept thinking about the physical and metaphorical meanings of someone pushing you down a precipice. When I was a child, I did a lot of diving into these wonderful waters.”
“I think it’s fantastic to have such a large audience throughout the world,” Andrea Warren said of the film’s themes. “We do think a lot about the messages that are in the picture.” That concept of friendship’s significance struck a chord with me. And there are a couple very lovely themes throughout the film, in my opinion. One is akin to ‘Silencio Bruno,’ and how we all have inner critics. And how did you get through that feeling of doubt? Enrico and I often advise that you should surround yourself with Albertos in your life. I’m hoping that some of those messages get through to the intended audiences, particularly children.”
Luca will release on June 18, 2021, on Disney+ Hotstar Premium.
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