Luca Steelbook

Pixar’s new movie Luca is coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD next month, and Best Buy will have their own exclusive Steelbook edition of the home video release featuring new friends Luca (Jacob Tremblay), Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Giulia (Emma Berman) in the vibrant seaside town of Portorosso. We’ve got an exclusive look at the collectible Luca Steelbook that you can check out below before it goes up for pre-order. Read More »

Luca Locations Comparison

Pixar’s Luca debuted on Disney+ last month, and immediately it’s clear that this movie would have been an undeniable pleasure to experience on the biggest screen possible. The vibrant scenery and lush landscapes are mesmerizing from the comfort of our own homes, so we can only imagine how incredible they must look in theaters. Even though that experience is a rare one, Pixar has given us a decent consolation prize by revealing the real locations and scenery that inspired the design of Portorosso. Read More »

Luca Honest Trailer

Pixar’s new movie Luca (now streaming on Disney+) is a deceptively simple coming-of-age adventure in the Italian Riviera, but that’s partially what makes this delightful movie about blossoming summer friendships so magnificent. Even the Luca Honest Trailer doesn’t have too much to nitpick about, even though they do point out that the fish friends played by Jacob Tremblay and Jack Dylan Grazer essentially commit murder and genocide throughout the film. Read More »

Luca Home Video Release

If you don’t have a Disney+ subscription for some reason, that means you missed out on the streaming debut of Pixar’s latest film Luca. The delightful tale of summer friendship arrived on the streaming service in June, but if you’re not signing up for Disney+ anytime soon, you won’t have to wait too much longer to grab Luca on home video. Disney and Pixar have set the Luca home video release for August, and there are plenty of special features and deleted scenes to sweeten the deal. Read More »

While Pixar’s Soul grappled with existential questions about what happens before and after death, the studio pivoted to a far simpler story with its latest movie, Luca, the story of a sea monster who can pass as a human boy on the surface and who yearns for freedom. But it didn’t always have such a simple narrative.

I spoke with director Enrico Casarosa and producer Andrea Warren in a recent Zoom interview about earlier iterations of this story, their film’s LGBTQ+ metaphor, how parts of Luca were subconsciously inspired by Fellini’s 8 1/2, working with the folks at Vespa to incorporate that brand into the film, and more.
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Luca initial ending

Like all Pixar movies, Luca went through several significant changes on its path to its final cut – including a wildly different ending that was totally overhauled by the time the completed version was finished. The studio is famous for breaking down its stories over and over again until they shape the story into its ideal form, and for Luca, part of that process involved cutting out an initial ending which involved a kraken. Liam Neeson, eat your heart out. Read More »

In the Heights Choreography

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, take a look behind the scenes at all the hard work that went into the choreography for the huge musical numbers from In the Heights. Plus, listen as WandaVision and Step Brothers star Kathryn Hahn takes a look back at her eclectic career as an actress. And finally, see how real life “pasta grannies” react to the trailer for Pixar’s Luca. Read More »

luca review

Simple is underrated. Especially at Pixar where, in recent years, filmmakers are putting more and more stock in high concept stories and high-quality CG innovations that are bringing the visuals of their films scarily close to reality. But is the ultimate end-goal of animation really to get as close to reality as it can be? Is an incredibly life-like cat that roams the streets of a photorealistic New York City really better than a chunky feline that looks like it stepped out of a Hayao Miyazaki movie?

There’s no right answer to those questions. But Luca is proof that, at least, there isn’t one straight and narrow path for animation to progress down. Sometimes, looking back is even better than looking forward.

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movies that inspired Luca

Luca, the latest film from Pixar, is a rollicking, sun-dappled adventure set in a small seaside Italian town. Like The Little Mermaid, the film follows a young sea dweller who discovers what it’s like to live on the surface world and yearns for freedom. The only problem is that small seaside town’s residents hate and fear sea monsters – kind of like how the residents of Berk hate and fear dragons in How to Train Your Dragon. But those earlier animation touchstones are far from the only projects that inspired Luca – director Enrico Casarosa also took inspiration from the films of famed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.

I spoke with Casarosa about the Fellini movies that inspired Luca, including 8 1/2 and I Vitelloni.
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Pixar's Luca Clip

It’s a little disappointing that we can’t look forward to a new movie from Pixar Animation on the big screen this summer. But at least Pixar’s latest movie Luca is coming to Disney+ for everyone to experience as no extra charge. If the full trailer for the upcoming aquatic, coming-of-age adventure in the Italian Riviera hasn’t yet convinced you to take a break from returning to the outdoors, maybe this new Luca clip released by Disney and Pixar will do the trick. Read More »