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Is ‘Luca’ Just the Pixar Version of ‘Call Me by Your Name’? An Investigation.

Over one unforgettable summer in an idyllic Italian town, a deep and unshakable bond forms between two lads coming to terms with their identities. It’s a moving coming-of-age tale that doubles as an Italian tourism PSA—complete with stunning landscapes, mouth-watering food, and crystal-clear waters. Of course, I’m referring to Pixar’s latest film, Luca, streaming on Disney+ as of Friday.
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Luca Ending: The Director Breaks Down How The Emotional Finale Was Made

SPOILERS are ahead for Luca streaming on Disney+. There’s something about Pixar movies that incites such an emotional reaction from its audience just about every time. Many of us will always remember the feelings that came with the ending of Inside Out as it illustrated losing grip of one's childhood wonder through Bing Bong or when Andy gave away Woody and Buzz in Toy Story 3. And the studio’s latest release, Luca has another one of those beautiful Pixar endings. How did they keep pulling this off?
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Piixar's Luca Review

Coming of agePixar’s newest film Luca is set in the sunbaked Italian sea town of Portorosso, and in the nearby Mediterranean waters where a shy young sea monster, Luca, lives with his family. Fans of The Little Mermaid might find this premise familiar—Luca’s parents forbid him from going to the surface, due to the threat of local fishermen. But there is one key twist: sea monsters are able to transform into humans once on land. Luca’s world changes when a new sea monster friend, Alberto, pulls him up to the surface, showing him that living as a human can be fun.
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'Luca,' Pixar's generic (and literal) fish out of water tale, lands on Disney+

(CNN) — Pixar dips into the ocean once too often with "Luca," a colorful but thin (and literal) fish-out-of-water tale. Although the movie touches on familiar themes about friendship, overcoming differences and letting children go, there's roughly enough story for something between an animated short and the film that lands, understandably in hindsight, via Disney+ instead of theaters.

Dive Into 'Luca' And 'Undine,' 2 Under-The-Sea Films To Treasure

By curious coincidence, two of the lovelier movies I've seen so far this summer — the family-friendly animated fable Luca and the German art-house fairy tale Undine — tell stories about mythic sea creatures making contact with the human world. That's hardly a new concept, as we've seen in films as different as The Shape of Water, Aquaman and countless versions of The Little Mermaid. But as Luca and Undine demonstrate, there are still fresh stories to be dredged up from these watery depths.

Luca has a post-credits scene because one actor improvised too much

A third of the way into Luca, Pixar’s latest Disney Plus-exclusive release, the titular young sea monster meets his weird Uncle Urgo, a transparent deep-sea dweller who enjoys the dark and quiet of the bottom of the ocean. Urgo is strange, even for a sea monster, and he rambles on and on about how much he loves the nothingness of the deep sea. Though it’s not immediately detectable, the anglerfish-esque creature was brought to life by none other than Sacha Baron Cohen.

Luca First Reviews: Decidedly Small-Scale Pixar, but a Triumph Nonetheless

Pixar is such a quality brand that even its “lesser” products prove to be essential for fans of their animated output. The studio’s latest feature, Luca, is arguably on that lower tier, according to critics — not among Pixar’s best but still better than most alternatives — hence the high Tomatometer score we’ve come to expect, even if there isn’t quite as much of the excitement we usually find in the reviews themselves. Some critics think that it’s too basic, while others believe its lack of complexity is a good thing. And some critics trust that there’s more to the movie than what’s on the surface and it requires repeat viewings to properly appreciate it. Fortunately for anyone hoping to find out, Luca can be watched over and over on Disney+ starting this Friday, June 18.

What Time Will ‘Luca’ Be On Disney+?

Pack your bags, because Pixar is taking you to the Italian Riviera in Luca, a new animated film coming to Disney+ this Friday. Siamo pronti?. Directed by Enrico Casarosa, who based the story on his own experiences growing up in Itlay with his best friend, Luca tells the story of a young sea monster named Luca (Jacob Tremblay) who dreams of what life is like above the sea, despite warnings from his parents (Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan). He finds out for himself after he befriends a fellow adventurous sea monster named Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer). Together, Luca and Alberto get into all sorts of boyhood (or is it sea monster-hood?) shenanigans, including entering an annual triathlon in the hopes of winning a Vespa.
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The Movie Guru: Pixar’s “Luca” best of this week’s new movie releases

Though it starts out as a riff on “The Little Mermaid,” “Luca,” blossoms into something so much richer. The movie, which follows two young sea monster boys who are fascinated by the human world, becomes a big, warm-hearted adventure about friendship, family, the joy of learning, and the importance of crushing one’s enemies. There are some really funny moments, a few heartbreaking ones, and so much love you can’t help but feel warm while you watch it. Top it off with great animation and an Italian seaside locale that makes it feel even more summery, and Pixar has created another classic. (Also, pay attention to the credits. Not only is there a delightfully silly stinger scene, but the art shown throughout features scenes from the entire next year.)
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Now streaming: Pixar’s ‘Luca,’ Kevin Hart drama ‘Fatherhood, ‘iCarly’ revival and more

Here’s what’s new on Video on Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other services. In the animated fantasy “Luca” (2021, PG) from Pixar, two best friends (voiced by Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer) have the summer of their lives in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. But they have a secret: They are friendly sea monsters who take on human form when they step onto land. (Disney+)
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‘Luca’: How Pixar Explored Secret Identities and Inclusion in Its Italian Sea Monster Bromance

For Pixar director Enrico Casarosa, “Luca” (streaming June 18 on Disney+) became an opportunity to explore the topical theme of inclusion in his 2D-inspired bromance between two sea monsters on the Italian Riviera. The 13-year-old Luca and best friend, Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), magically turn human on land and share an enchanting summer eating pasta, riding Vespa scooters, and diving off the rugged cliffs into the turquoise water, soaking up the beauty of the pastel-tinted seaside town. But they must hide their secret identities from the townspeople who believe sea monsters are dangerous creatures.