A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend a Luca Virtual Press Conference with Director Enrico Casarosa and Producer Andrea Warren. During that time, they shared some Luca Fun Facts, so I wanted to share them with you.


Luca Fun Facts

  • The character of Alberto is based on the director’s actual best friend named Alberto who was wild and free. “Alberto got me out of my comfort zone and pushed me off many cliffs. Metaphorical and not.” – Enrico
  • Enrico grew up in Genoa, Italy and that inspired the setting in Luca.
  • Silencio Bruno’s character came to be from writer Jesse Andrews
  • The story was the most challenging part of making this film. “I always feel like that’s the trickiest thing to figure out. And I think,  it does take us a while to make our movies, and we care so deeply about getting the story. And I think that it takes a tremendous amount of effort to do that. I would say that that was the thing that kept me up sometimes, really trying to get the nuance of it right, and to really capture the spirit of Luca, his character, and his journey that we wanted. – Enrico
  • They took a ton of fun design cues from a lot of different towns to create Porto Rosso.
  • The underwater world is shown differently than the human world because it is always moving and there are no straight lines to be found.
  • In order to get the transformation between a sea monster and a human right , they built the sea monster and human models separately and then loosely connected them.
  • They hoped the sea monster could be a metaphor for all sorts of feeling different–like being a teen or pre-teen. “We liked the idea always that the metaphor of being a sea monster can apply to so many different things. There is a theme of openness and showing oneself and self-acceptance as well as community-acceptance. Confronting the idea that, there’s more to sea monsters than they realize.” – Andrea Warren
  • They made sure to give Luca a huge amount of curiosity, imagination and the sense of paying attention as part of his traits.
  • The creative team took a trip to the Italian Riviera so that they could be inspired by the setting. There were also consultants involved because they wanted to capture the fun of Italian gesticulation and the language.

Want to know more? Check out What You Should Know About Disney and Pixar’s Film “Luca

Pixar‘s LUCA will be streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting June 18th!

More about Luca

“Luca” is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. The voice cast features Jacob Tremblay as Luca Paguro, Jack Dylan Grazer as Alberto Scorfano, Emma Berman as Giulia Marcovaldo, Saverio Raimondo as town bully Ercole Visconti, Maya Rudolph as Luca’s mom Daniela, Marco Barricelli as Giulia’s dad Massimo, Jim Gaffigan as Luca’s dad Lorenzo, Sandy Martin as Luca’s grandma, and Giacomo Gianniotti as a local fisherman. Pixar Animation Studios’ 24th feature film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”). Award-winning composer Dan Romer (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Maniac”) created the score.