Pixar has revealed the first trailer for ‘Luca,’ a brand-new animated movie set to premiere exclusively on Disney Plus. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa and produced by Andrea Warren, “Luca” releases June 18 on Disney+.
The movie tells the story of a young, curious, and shy sea monster who lives with his family and the other creatures under the sea near a small Italian village, in hiding from the dangerous humans. One day, Luca meets a boy by the name of Alberto and learns something amazing about himself — he turns into a human outside of the water. The two have an unforgettable summer with great food, endless scooter rides, and new experiences at every turn. Together, they brave the new world and learn how humans live, and although Alberto doesn’t know much more about humans than Luca, he teaches him to silence his fears, try new things, trust new people, and most importantly, trust himself. All the while, the pair must be careful not to reveal their secret sea monster identities.
Directed by Enrico Casarosa (who brought us the Pixar short “La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren ("Lava", Cars 3), the movie is set in a small Italian fishermen’s village, inspired by Casarosa’s homeland. He grew up with Italy’s rich culture, amazing food and gelato, and wonderful beaches, and as a result, the movie is filled with rich, vibrant scenes of beautiful landscapes, people, great local food, and the bluest water.
The idea for the movie came from Casarosa’s childhood and his own friend Alberto (who he honored by giving Luca’s friend the same name). The two were an unlikely pair who ended up having the best friendship. “My best friend Alberto was a bit of a troublemaker, [while] I was very timid and had a bit of a sheltered life — we couldn’t have been more different,” shared Casarosa. “We were also a bit of ‘outsiders,’ so it felt right to use sea monsters to express the idea that we felt a little different and not cool as kids,” he laughed. “Alberto pushed me out of my comfort zone, and pushed me off many cliffs, metaphorically and not. I probably would not be here if I didn’t learn to chase my dreams from him,” he said. “It’s these types of deep friendships that I wanted to talk about in Luca, and that is what’s at the heart of this film.” Other influences on the movie include old Italian myths and folklore, including tales of dragons and the story of a bell-ringing octopus that saved a village from a band of pirates. “Some of these tales were actually made up by fishermen. They’d find a great fishing spot and they didn’t want anyone to take it over,” explained Casarosa.
In addition to friendship, this movie’s message about acceptance — for yourself, as well as others — is a valuable one, particularly in current times. Producer Andrea Warren, who was drawn to the movie right away after learning the storyline, expanded: “We always liked the idea that the metaphor of being a sea monster can apply to so many different things. There is a theme of openness, showing oneself, and self-acceptance, as well as community acceptance. Confronting the idea that there's more to sea monsters than they realized. You know that they've only seen it through one perspective, one lens, and so I think that that's a wonderful theme in the film, which is that those ideas weren't right and that there's more to learn.” Casarosa agreed: “We hope that ‘sea monster’ could be a metaphor for all [manners] of feeling different — like being a teen or even pre-teen — any moment where you feel odd. It felt like a wonderful way to talk about that and having to accept ourselves first, whatever way we feel different.”
Creating this movie during a pandemic was no small feat, as never-before challenges appeared at every turn. “When we walked out of our offices in March 2020, we had no idea that we wouldn’t be back for over a year, and we would end up making this film – really every shot of it – from our homes,” Warren revealed.
Luca features actor Jacob Tremblay as Luca and Jack Dylan Grazer as Alberto, with Emma Berman as the fiery and passionate Giulia, their loyal new friend who’s ready for adventure. It also features the hilarious Maya Rudolph as Luca’s mom Daniela, Marco Barricelli as Giulia’s dad Massimo, Jim Gaffigan as Luca’s dad Lorenzo, and Sandy Martin as Luca’s grandmother.
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