Pixar’s “Luca” explores the joys of summer through the lens of two boys who just happen to be sea creatures that turn human when they are out of the water. As such, there is a lot of adventures to be had on the surface world. So, Disney has released a new featurette centering on themes to help celebrate National Streaming Day – not an actual day but something to get more people to subscribe to the Disney+ bundle.
In it, Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jacob Trembly, and Emma Berman all speak about their favorite memories of summer and the friends they’ve made over time.
But let’s face it, Rudolph pretty much had the best summer of all considering that her birthday is in the summer, and it was always a pool party. And while some kids were away at summer camp, “the key ones that are in town, they like to party,” as she puts it.
But according to director Enrico Casarosa, “these friendships, they help us find ourselves. That is really at the heart of this story of Luca.” And you can see that in the footage in the featurette of Luca and Alberto exploring the world above, testing fears, and joyriding on vespa and eating lots of gelato. So what’s not to love about a Pixar film that celebrates all of that and is set during the summer in the Italian Rivera.
Here is the official synopsis for “Luca:”
Disney and Pixar’s original feature film “Luca” 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: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. The voice cast features Jacob Tremblay as Luca Paguro, Jack Dylan Grazer as Alberto Scorfano, Emma Berman as Giulia Marcovaldo, Saverio Raimondo as town bully Ercole Visconti, Maya Rudolph as Luca’s mom Daniela, Marco Barricelli as Giulia’s dad Massimo, Jim Gaffigan as Luca’s dad Lorenzo, Sandy Martin as Luca’s grandma, and Giacomo Gianniotti as a local fisherman. Pixar Animation Studios’ 24th feature film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”). Award-winning composer Dan Romer (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Maniac”) created the score.
“Luca” will be available to stream on Disney+ (without an extra premier access fee) starting on June 18, 2021.