Get Excited For Pixar’s Luca! This animation film is set to be streaming on disney + on June 18th. From the fist 30 minutes of the film sneak peak I was honored to watch, I do believe it will be the best family summer movie. Yes, I did already interview the movie creators. But, there is much I still can’t tell you about Luca. However, I can share great reasons whey you should totally Get Excited For Pixar’s Luca!
7 Reasons to Get Excited For Pixar’s Luca
I am always excited for a new Disney Pixar movie; Luca is no exception! I am all over the vivid colorful heartfelt storytelling we are about to experience. In 30 minutes I sure got all that. And these are the reasons that immediately jumped at me:
I don’t know about you, but I am loudly cheering on for summer to be here already! Yes, I admit it. I feel cheated out from our summer last year. So, I am incredibly excited that we get such a wonderful movie for our summer fun. Plus, Enrico Casarosa (Director) did share that this story is deeply rooted in his personal experiences of his summers in Italy. Luca is upbeat, sun, sunshine and vibrant. Just like summer!
Vespa, Gelato, Pasta, Mamma Mia, The Italian Coast
Which naturally bring me to that travel itch I am dying to scratch! Many of us recently got to experience the wonder of South East Asia in Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. So, the expectations are high for us to enjoy all things Italian. While, we set on a discovery of the country as well. Undoubtedly, we get to savor Italian culture. The details of the movie are impressive. So much so that even the water has been created to evoke that of the Mediterranean. Andrea and Enrico mentioned that “the coastline, is deep. So, it’s a lot of cliffs, not a whole lot of beaches. So, the color is so deep. And blue cobalts, greens– we wanted to make sure this did not ever feel tropical. So, the beautiful water, (and event) the murk is present.”
Water Pushing Boundaries
For all those water babies, we will get to experience a beautiful story that will capture our mermaid imaginations. Beyond that, this central almost character in the movie delivers more in terms of animation for us. Luca’s director shared water is at the heart of the animation film, and “the tools of the trade are getting better and better at capturing realism. We wanted to work on stylization and beautiful shades and lyricism. So, that is the bit where we pushed the tools todo something a that they don’t necessarily want to do. It was a lot about just trying to make a beautiful shape and a little–when is less more? I find that sometimes, a lot gets thrown at us in detail, and I was really just trying to make it rich, but also trying to make it designed and beautiful.” Water will express beauty and emotions through its ripples and waves.
With sea monsters in the mix, you know adventure awaits us! More than that, I believe this movie will show and remind us the way to appreciate what is around us. I say this because Enrico told us that “So much of this movie is about a kid experiencing things for the first time and I wanted a sense of the light and wonder to really be part of this movie, in all its details, because it’s really someone who’s in love with discovering the world.” He did add: “Think a bit about Luca himself being a keen observer. We have a story of a fish out of water. and so, these first timers, or these outsider characters, are the characters I’m always looking for, because I want to see that world with a bit more attention. Can we appreciate the moment of breeze into the trees and the waves lapping?”
Director Enrico Casarosa says, “This movie is about the friendships that change us.” As a matter of fact, it is based on his own friendships growing up. I loved discovering that he still keeps in touch with his friend Alberto. The ups and downs and dynamic of that friendship shaped much of the movie: “How was our friendship? What was it? Why was it so helpful for us? He had a family that wasn’t there for him, and I had a family that was a little bit too much there for me. And I was timid and kinda shy and he was following a passion every week.”
Dreams and Curiosity
Definitively Luca inspires us to be curious about the world. You will see his is a bit introverted, but there is a spark that he will chase. Perhaps in the form of a Vespa :-). By the way, Enrico did share that the Vespa in the movie is all about: “a sense of freedom that felt right” to discover and share. Andrea adds: “It really shows that childlike thinking, that they are kids and their notion of seeing the world is something you could do that on Vespa. You know? And I just feel like it captures that spirit of imagination, and not really understanding things.”
New Characters to Love
I dare you not to fall for Luca, Gulia, the towns people and all the sea monsters!
Moreover, I do believe the sea monsters They aren’t created necessarily to be cute or scary. It was all about Andrea’s drawing style. That said, they are absolutely gorgeous creatures that will probably evoke some undercurrents of discrimination, empathy, inclusion and topics that are very prevalent today.
Animation (sea monsters)
The transformation from sea monster to human, and back again is effortless. As we witness it on the screen, we see a beautiful transformation. Technically, I feel it had to be a fantastic challenge to go from earth to land, from wet to dry in such a fantastic natural feeling way! Yes, be on the look out for the animation itself. It is gorgeous.
I could go on, but you get why I am telling you to Get Excited For Pixar’s Luca!
About Disney and Pixar’s Luca
Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.