Luca, 5 curiosities about Enrico Casarosa’s Oscar nominated film

Enrico Casarosa, director of the animated film “Luca” produced by Disney-Pixar, received the official nomination for the Oscar. Born in 1970, Genoese by birth, the director already has an Academy Award nomination to his credit with the short La luna, which in 2012 preceded the film “Brave” in theaters. And now with “Luca” (produced by Andrea Warren, who previously worked on Lava and Cars 3), he takes us to the dazzling summer days of the Italian coast.

The film, released only on the Disney Plus platform due to pandemic restrictions (all updates here) that prevented cinemas from opening, grossed nearly $ 50 million overall. It has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film.

Here are the 5 things to know about Luca, the Oscar-nominated Disney Pixar movie

Set on the Ligurian coast

Luca tells the adventures of a young boy and his best friend, during a summer spent in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera. Their vacation, however, is threatened by a great secret. The twenty-fourth feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios is an incredible coming-of-age tale, capable of making young and old fall in love.

This is a deeply personal story, not only because it is set in the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the heart of this film is the celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is precisely those bonds that are at the center of our story in Luca”, Declared the director Enrico Casarosa, Genoese by birth but in the United States for thirty years. “Thus, in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian sea, our film tells an unforgettable summer adventure that will radically change Luca“.

Luca’s plot

Luca tells a story of growth, initiation and passage. The young boy named will have an experience of personal maturation during an unforgettable summer surrounded by ice cream, pasta and endless scooter rides. But sharing those summer hours spent by the sea will make those summer hours spent by the sea even more beautiful and unforgettable: Luca shares these adventures with his new best friend and this symbiotic relationship enriches every experience, both of play and of life.

Among the Italian voice actors there is also Luca Argentero

The cast of Italian voice actors is truly incredible. Among the names who have lent their voices to the film Luca we find Luca Argentero (Lorenzo Paguro), Fabio Volo (Massimo Marcovaldo), Orietta Berti (Concetta Aragosta), Fabio Fazio (Don Eugenio) and Luciana Litizzetto (Pinuccia Aragosta), Saverio Raimondo (Ercole Visconti) and Marina Massironi (Lady of Marseilles)

Ennio Morricone

Enrico Casarosa, the Italian director who directed Luca, would have liked the soundtrack to be edited by Ennio Morricone. Unfortunately, following the tragic death of the Maestro, this was not possible and the original music of the animated film was composed by the American singer-songwriter, producer and film composer Dan Romer.

The surname of the protagonist

Luca Paguro, the protagonist of the film should have been called Luca Portorosso, later chosen as the name for the city where the whole story is set. It is a tribute to the 1992 animated film, Porco Rosso, directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki, the idol of the Italian director, but also a mix between two Ligurian locations: Porto Venere and Monterosso.