Luca Speaks Italian Summertime: Luca Filmmaker Interview. Mamma mia, we are in for a summer treat that entices the imagination with Luca. It is delivered via a beautiful story and animation. There are many reasons to get excited for Luca. Indeed, Director Enrico Casarosa told us that this film is a love letter to Italy and friendship. Discover what else the filmmakers share about the Pixar’s Luca.
Luca Speaks Italian Summertime: Luca Filmmaker Interview
Ocean movies make me happy. Moana still does. Not surprisingly, I have been looking forward to Luca. We had the pleasure of discovering more about the beautiful world of Luca by talking with Director Enrico Casarosa. We spoke about the inspiration for the film, a couple of challenges and pushing animation boundaries.
Personally, I loved learning that the team painstakingly worked the animation of water to make sure we got the real Italian Mediterranean ocean feel when we see the movie. That means that the deep blue schemes are in play, among other things.
The 1960’s quintessential Italy summertime comes to life in this story that takes place in the Italian Riviera. Vespas, gelato, the Mediterranean, pasta, music, and so much more will jump at us. Enrico’s childhood in Genova are what inspired the location and friendship topic of the film among others.
Summer friendship memories will have adults reminiscing. At its core, Luca is a film about friendship. Luca and Alberto become fast friends. They seem to complement each other. Story supervisor John Hoffman shared: “Alberto’s bravado is the perfect counter to Luca’s hesitation. If they were at a party, Luca would be the wallflower in the corner taking it all in. Alberto would be the guy on the roof jumping into the pool.”
Alberto’s character is based on Enrico’s childhood best friend. He can sure relate to himself when he sees Alberto according to Enrico. He added “This is kids having fun and I wanted it to be like jumping into a kid’s book”.
Sea Dragon Tales
Ahhhh summer by the sea. A fun fact that Enrico shared was of how the sea monsters took root for this story. He noted how all the Mediterranean towns usually have folk tales related to the mystery of the sea. He added that in fishing towns, fisherman would warn people of certain spots that were home to sea dragons. As you can imagine, they were protecting their favorite fishing spots with their stories.
Summer time splash splash with a twist. Yes, Luca and Alberto are not your normal kids. They are actually sea monsters that can take human form when they dry out. It was a challenge for the team to transform the sea creatures into humans. They wanted to stay away from scary or weird. Instead, they went for bold. Additionally, to express their water world in different terms to that of land, the water village was created to look as if it is always in constant movement. Pixar took us underwater with Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. It does so again, pushing animation boundaries. Here came another of the filmmakers challenges: creating water. This is because they wanted water to underline the story. To help tell the story with its different styles of waves. Something that ended up being artistic which is not Pixar’s style. Instead, Pixar always goes for realism.
Taking Animation Farther
The different water styles we will effortlessly enjoy in the film are a result of pushing further. A new splashing process is in effect. A cartoon splash that was born out of 2D drawings. The team used real life models to create the water and sea creatures alike.
About 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.