Summer fun abounds in Pixar's latest film, Luca, which has now bowed on Disney+. The coming-of-age fantasy film is set and Italy and has an all-star voice cast.
The official description of the film reads, "Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s original feature film 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."
Shadow and Act was on-hand for the film's global press conference featuring actors Jacob Tremblay (Luca), Jack Dylan Grazer (Alberto), Maya Rudolph (Daniela), Jim Gaffigan (Lorenzo), Emma Berman (Giulia), as well as director Enrico Casarosa and producer Andrea Warrren.
"When you get to meet him at the beginning of the movie, he's a bit more of a timid," said Tremblay of the titular character. "But he really wants to like be able to explore the human world, but his parents have a lot of restrictions for him. But he meets his great friend Alberto, who helps him kind of step out of his comfort zone."
The character toes the line between wanting to explore the human world while also being hesitant. "I think it's something to do with his curiosity and he wants to explore what's off-limits," he continued. "I think that his parents are very, very strict and they want to protect him."
Grazer plays Alberto, who is very different yet also the same as Luca. "I think the aspect of curiosity is across both of them," he explained. "But Alberto definitely has no restrictions. And he's so eager and he's yearning to explore and fulfill all these fantasies and curiosities that he has. And I think that he's a huge part in inspiring, Luca to go to Portorosso to get the Vespa."
While Tremblay relates the most to Luca, Grazer says he's definitely an Alberto. "I've always kinda been a daredevil," he said. "I've always been the first person to do the thing and then be like, 'Hey guys follow me...climb up this tree and then catch the squirrel or whatever.' [laughs]"
Rudolph plays Luca's mother in the film and says she was able to relate to the character from the aspect of tough love. "She's a very serious mom," she said. "She's not messing around and that, to me, just equals love. That protection and] strong discipline is love and wanting to raise her family right. And there's a certain way that Luca's family is meant to do things, and she wants to raise her son the correct way. But also, what you come to learn about her is that she also is really protecting him from what she already knows to be dangerous in the world. And, you know, just like any parent, she's a fierce, fierce protector -- which some might say is tough love, but I think she gets all the passes because you know she loves her son. There's no question."
Luca is currently streaming on Disney+.