Pixar Short That You Should See To Know The Origin Of Luca
Another undesirable consequence of not being able to enjoy a Pixar theatrical release is skipping the ritual of watching an animated short film just before the movie starts. In Luca’s case, we have the aggravating circumstance that not even (contrary to what happened with Soul and the introductory short Madriguera ) is there a piece linked to the film, just being incorporated into the Disney + catalog.
Apart from this disappointment, Luca has already reached streaming and you can enjoy what’s new in the studio from the comfort of your home… with the possibility of finding a short on your own.
And not just any short, since Luca is closely related to one that saw the light just ten years ago, during the premiere of Brave in 2011. Before the film we were able to see a short film that, curiously, ended up receiving much warmer applause than the film where we met Mérida, and which was titled La luna . La luna is, to be exact , Enrico Casarosa’s directorial debut , which turns out to be the same one that Luca has signed , continuing a unique style that, finally, they have allowed him to fully cultivate in a feature film.
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Let’s talk about Casarosa. This Genoa-born artist moved to New York at the age of twenty, joining the Disney Channel to work as an animator on titles such as 101 Dalmatians: The Series . Shortly after, he joined Fox’s now-defunct Blue Sky to work on Ice Age: The Ice Age and Robots , finally leaving for Pixar in 2009.
Twelve years of career in the magnifying glass studio endorse him, having been part of the team from Ratatouille, Up, Arlo’s trip or Coco . Shortly after entering the factory, he had the opportunity to direct an entire short film, which would be nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
What relationship does La luna have with Luca ? Well, it is easily noticeable. Although the Italian setting in this case is more blurred, Casarosa’s designs are very identifiable (advocating a more cartoonesque than hyper-realistic expressiveness ), and in fact there is a character in the short that he seems to share with Luca: a fisherman with a huge mustache and small eyes.
The opening scene of the latest Pixar film also bridges the gap visually with The Moon based on scenery and lighting, and there are other somewhat less obvious similarities.
The moon tells how a child has to learn the family business from his father and grandfather: a business that he will soon discover goes beyond conventional fishing. In fact, it requires that he ascend to the sky and “collect” stars, so that the moon revolves around basic notions (sea, sky and bright stars) that are also fundamental in Luca’s development . There are no sea monsters, but the short is a joy and you can see it on Disney + if you miss the traditions too.