Everybody loves Luca – and here’s why. When Pixar announced a multi-year drive toward original stories in 2019, they would’ve expected to draw fresh audiences into movie theaters and potentially generate new franchises to replace classics such as Toy Story and Cars. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has scuppered those plans. Onward was affected by theater closures, while Soul released exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service. Luca has befallen the same fate, its planned June 18, 2021 theatrical release replaced by a streaming roll-out, only showing in theaters where Disney+ isn’t available.
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Directed by Enrico Casarosa, Luca stars Jacob Tremblay as Luca Paguro and Jack Dylan Grazer as Alberto Scorfano – two sea monsters who adopt a human form whenever on dry land. Despite visiting the surface world being strictly forbidden (where have we heard that one before?), Luca and Alberto go exploring on the Italian Riviera, leading to a magical clash of cultures and a typically emotive coming-of-age story drenched in Pixar’s trademark top-notch animation.
After Onward‘s mixed reception, Pixar bounced back strongly with Soul, which attracted widespread acclaim even without a theatrical release. The studio will naturally be looking to continue that momentum with Luca, and early signs suggest they’ve…