Luca is the upcoming coming-of-age film from Pixar that follows a pair of young boys.
The two are adorable teenagers who have a unique curiosity for exploring the village along the sea in Italy. The reason for this uncanny inquisitiveness becomes evident when you discover their big secret – that they are sea monsters. Although Luca and Alberto seem to look as human as possible on land, they generally live underwater, covered in scales. The reason for this transformation, often presumed to be something deep and emotional, has been decided as far more elementary – water.
What is the Movie About?
The movie revolves around the life of Luca, a shy and protected sea monster whose family tells him that he can never to the shore. But he meets Alberto, a fun-loving and adventurous sea monster – those warnings go straight out the window. Together they discover his ability to change into a human boy and all the fun they can have on land. The emotional arc carries the story a long way and seems exciting and new to watch on screen.
The water and the boys’ choices to be on land allow them to transform from sea monsters to human boys. The impressive part of this transformation is the art style of the animation that the movie has followed. Charming and heart-warming, every aspect of the movie, from the storyline to the characters and color scheme, is design to appealing the adults and children alike. The inspiration from nature is evident in even the smallest parts of the movie. And from the underwater movements of the monsters to the transformation and body language of the boys as sea creatures and humans.
What Makes the Movie Stand Out?
Another vital aspect of the movie is keeping the characters true to themselves even while looking, acting, and seeming like an entirely different person. The physical differences stand out. As monsters, the boys do not have noses, are completely different colors, and have only four fingers, so marking distinct features is challenging. But the animators have done a commendable job by including some subtle features, like large eyes or marking on the face, to draw a line between Luca as a human and as a sea monster. The feel between the characters retained by ensuring that the same person did the job. This ensured that the essence of the character would be kept intact and not seem artificially modeled.
Making a Movie in a Pandemic
These small but pivotal aspects were surely harder to handle, given that the team had to work remotely for most of the duration due to the pandemic. But now that the date for release and the trailer has been released, it truly deserves recognition and respect from the audience. The creators have put all the effort in reflecting the smooth and natural transition that the boys make from human to sea monster, and vice versa.
Due to the pandemic, the movie will release on the famous OTT platform – Disney+ on June 18, 2021. This means that you and your whole family can enjoy this movie as soon as it releases, from the comfort and safety of your home. Especially in a time like this, it is surely a blessing that feel-good movies are releasing to provide a little relief and comfort.