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Director Enrico Casarosa & Andrea Warren Talk The Wonders Of Disney/Pixar’s Luca [Exclusive Interview]

BUILDING A FRIENDSHIP – Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer lend their voices to Luca and Alberto—two sea monsters who look human when they’re out of the water. The two spark a friendship one special summer in an Italian seaside town – a bond quickly deepened by a mutual love of Vespa scooters and the freedom and adventure they represent (even when they’re homemade). Directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”), “Luca” opens on June 18, 2021. © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
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Luca: Inside Disney Pixar's new sun-soaked adventure with director Enrico Casarosa

"I was a shy kid, a little bit sheltered by my family," director Enrico Casarosa reflects. "When I met my best friend at 11, my world opened up. He was a bit of a troublemaker; he didn't have a whole lot of supervision. And so, in those special kind of summers when you're growing up and finding yourself, I was following him and getting dragged into troubles. It really made me really think about how much we find ourselves with our friendships, how much friendships help us find who we want to be."
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INTERVIEW: LUCA director Enrico Casarosa pulls from his childhood with new Pixar film

Pixar’s next hit is coming, this time in the form of Luca! The story about a young boy named Luca, who ventures beyond his home in the sea to a picturesque seaside village of Portorosso in Italy. There he meets a whole host of characters in the charming little village, but he and his friend Alberto must hide the fact that they are sea monsters from their newfound acquaintances. We spoke with Enrico Casarosa the director of Luca, who plays Lorenzo Paguro, the protective father of the titular Luca, who is a sea monster himself.
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Enrico Casarosa: “In ‘Luca’ we can all project our own experience of feeling different”

‘Luca’, the new Pixar film, was born as an exercise in introspection by its director, Enrico Casarosa. The Italian, who already dazzled in the animation studio with his short ‘La Luna’, was inspired by his own childhood memories, the strong connection he had with his best friend Alberto and how being two quite geeky children felt as “sea monsters” in front of the other children. That has become a story about friendship and tolerance set off the coast of Italy. And of friendship and tolerance we spoke in our interview with Casarosa and with the producer Andrea Warren. Wish I was with them in Portofino.
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Director Enrico Casarosa And Producer Andrea Warren Spill Behind-The-Scenes Details About Pixar's Luca - Exclusive Interview

Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren are no strangers to Disney and Pixar films, having both worked on numerous projects for the two powerful studios. Warren has contributed to such animated fare as "Monsters, Inc.," "WALL-E," and the "Cars" franchise, while Casarosa has lent his talents to "Coco," "Up," and "Ratatouille." But with Disney and Pixar's latest release, "Luca," it's the first time each of them has taken the reins on a major motion picture, with Casarosa as director and Warren as producer.
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‘Luca’: How Director Enrico Casarosa’s Childhood Inspired Pixar’s Sea Monsters

Sea monsters aren’t so different than human kids. They feel smothered by their parents and want to hang out with their friends, too. That’s the story of Pixar‘s latest animated movie Luca. Luca (voice of Jacob Tremblay) leaves the ocean with Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer). They become human on land and enter a race in the town of Portorosso. Director Enrico Casarosa based their adventure on his own summers as a human boy.
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Italy of Our Dreams: How ‘Luca’ Director Enrico Casarosa Drew From and Went Beyond Hayao Miyazaki’s Distinct Style [Interview]

Luca is the closest Pixar has gotten to making a Studio Ghibli film. It’s not particularly in the visuals, though there are plenty of similarities — the characters look like they’d be comfortable strolling through Kiki’s Delivery Service, albeit in a 3D version of it — but in the feeling. There’s a warmth, a wistfulness, and a whimsy to Luca which feels like it draws inspiration from any Hayao Miyazaki film. And, from the 30 minutes of footage that I saw in an early press day for Luca, a deep understanding of human relationships and the delicate moments that define them.
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'Luca' Director Enrico Casarosa and Producer Andrea Warren on Their Collaboration and How the Story Evolved

Directed by Enrico Casarosa (La Luna), the Disney and Pixar animated feature Luca follows a young boy (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) as he experiences an unforgettable summer alongside his new best friend (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer) in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. But all of the pasta, gelato and scooter rides in the world can’t hide the fact that they’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface and that the discovery of their secret could be very dangerous.
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‘Luca’ Director Enrico Casarosa and Team Set Coming-of-Age Story Against the Magical Mediterranean

When Disney/Pixar’s Luca debuts on Disney+ June 18, viewers will find themselves magically transported to the picturesque seaside Italian town of Portorosso. Verdant Italian grasses cover mountains rising from the majestic Italian Riviera. Authentically rustic Italian buildings dot the landscape shielded by an impossibly blue sky. You can practically feel the sun on your skin and taste the luscious gelato and ever-present pasta. The film feels as close to a completely visceral experience as Pixar has produced to date.
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Pixar’s ‘Luca’: Interview with Director Enrico Casarosa and Producer Andrea Warren

Luca is the inspiring tale of two young sea creatures that venture into the world of humans. Taking risks and stepping out of their comfort zone, these two best friends find adventure in the summer of a lifetime. With the beautiful Italian Riviera as the backdrop, Luca promises to snare the senses with bright colors, pasta, gelato, and the essence of youth and friendship.
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Dive Deep into Disney and Pixar’s Luca with Enrico Casarosa and Jacob Tremblay

This summer, Disney and Pixar will make a splash on the Italian Riviera with Luca, an original feature film from director Enrico Casarosa and producer Andrea Warren. The first teaser for the fin-tastic movie was released today, coupled with the announcement that Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, and newcomer Emma Berman will lead the voice cast.
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What Do Pixar Sea Monsters Look Like? 'Luca' Director Enrico Casarosa Explains

We’ve got yet another talent over at Pixar hitting feature director status, the director behind the Academy Award nominated short film, La Luna, Enrico Casarosa. With elements from his own childhood in the mix, his upcoming feature directorial debut Luca puts the spotlight on the title character (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) and his best friend Alberto (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer.) While they may appear to be two boys having a summer of a lifetime on the Italian Riviera, they’re actually sea creatures from a hidden realm. While they can adopt a human form while on land, if they come in contact with water, their true forms will be revealed.