This summer, you’re invited to Portorosso.
Two young boys experience an unforgettable Italian summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides. But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: Jun 17, 2021
Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Graze, Sacha Baron Cohen
Subtitle Language: English
|Directed by||Enrico Casarosa|
|Produced by||Andrea Warren|
|Music by||Dan Romer|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Box office||$5 million|
Set on the Italian Riviera between the 1950s and 1960s, the film centers on Luca Paguro, a sea monster boy with the ability to assume human form while on land, who explores the town of Portorosso with his new best friend Alberto Scorfano, experiencing a life-changing summer. Luca takes inspiration from Casarosa’s childhood in Genoa; several Pixar artists were sent to the Italian Riviera gathering research from Italian culture and environment. The sea monsters, a “metaphor for feeling different”, were loosely based on old Italian regional myths and folklore. The design and animation were inspired by hand-drawn and stop motion works and Hayao Miyazaki‘s style. Casarosa described the result as a film that “pays homage to Federico Fellini and other classic Italian filmmakers, with a dash of Miyazaki in the mix too”.
Luca premiered at the Aquarium of Genoa on June 13, 2021, and was originally set to be theatrically released in the United States on June 18, 2021. However, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the film was released direct-to-streaming on Disney+, along with a simultaneous limited run at the El Capitan Theatre; it will be released in theaters in countries without the streaming service. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its visuals and nostalgic feel, though some noted it as simpler than previous Pixar films.
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