Preview: Luca

Erika Armanino shares their thoughts on the new trailer for Pixar's next big project.

Erika Armanino
12th March 2021
Image: IMDB
The first Pixar animation film set in Italy will be released on the 18th of June this year. Pixar’s 24th animated film, Luca, follows two young boys on the Italian Riviera who form a special friendship due to an unlikely secret, they’re both sea monsters disguised as humans. 

A thirteen years old boy, Luca is going to pass his summer with his two friends when he discovers that, coming in contact with water, he transforms into a sort of sea monster. An unpredictable moment that gives life to a funny and sentimental friendship through a summer that changes the two boys lives forever.

Image: IMDB

The name of the village pictured in the trailer has not being specified by Pixar but the colourful houses and streets showed certainly recall Cinque Terre, the region where the director is from.

The animated film is about friendship and bonds recalling the Ligurian culture with  dishes of pasta with pesto, grumpy old ladies, fishermen and beautiful sea views.

Every image showed in the trailer represents a different shade of this culture including the two boys surnames, Paguro (hermit crab) and Scorfano (redfish) that recall the sea; to their love for the sea that represents the childhood of thousands of kids who grew up near the same waters.

The director of the film Enrico Casarosa (The Good Dinosaur) said in a statement back in July “This is a deeply personal story for me, not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship”. Enrico Casarosa is also the first Italian director to work for Pixar.

At the core of this film is a celebration of friendship.

Enrico Casarosa

Produced by Andrea Warren (Cars 3, Lava), Luca stars Jacob Tremblay (Room) as the main character, and Jack Dylan Grazer (It) as Alberto, his friend. Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan play Luca’s parents. Emma Berman gives the voice of Giulia, a new friend to Luca and Alberto, and Marco Barricelli plays her father.

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