luca transformation

In The Little Mermaid, Ariel is able to transform into a human through a deal with a sea witch, in which she gives up her voice for legs. But in Pixar’s Luca, though it’s been compared to a riff on the Disney animated classic, there’s no such deal with the devil. The sea monsters of the upcoming Pixar coming-of-age film simply get out of the water and dry off, and they’re human. It’s a discovery that the titular protagonist of Luca (Jacob Tremblay) discovers, leading him on an adventure with his best friend Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) on the surface world. And it was important to character supervisors Beth Albright and Sajan Skaria that they get this transformation process right.

“[We had] this idea that there’s something in there, and we’re just exposing it or not exposing it, but it’s there all the time. It’s not like a suit that comes on,” Albright told /Film in an interview during a press presentation for Luca.

See how the Luca transformation works from concept art to final product, and why Albright and Skaria’s main direction was “don’t make it creepy.”

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