Luca’s artists infused their coastal surroundings with the greatest possible warmth by leaning on the “unstable” architecture of the Italian Riviera.

A vibrant seaside town called Portorosso serves as the setting for the new Pixar movie. Lucaalong with the oceans that surround it. Although Portorosso itself is fictional, it is set on the very real Italian Riviera, and the artists who brought it to life did so with inspiration drawn straight from the source.

At a Disney press conference that CBR attended, LucaDirector Enrico Casarosa explained how the film acquired its bright and eye-catching art style. “I love watercolors, and I think we wanted to bring some of that feeling of a sketch or something a little expressionist and perfect to this world,” he said. “Then that was transformed into the textures that we put on it.”

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This applied to the character designs and all the water scenes in the film, but Casarosa added: “In many ways, the setting was similar. How do you get to the essence of a place?” He recalled receiving reports from the film crew about his impressions of Italy, with notes such as “‘Everything is a bit strange here. It was a house … attached to a house, attached to a house and there are no straight lines.'”

Casarosa described diving into the unique Italian coastal atmosphere to find the artistic style of Luca. “It was like, ‘Okay, let’s push that even further.’ So we really wanted to find the essence and then push it, and keep putting the artist’s hand, the artist’s imperfection to make it as warm as possible. “

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Luca tells the story of a young sea monster, Luca Paguro (voiced by Jacob Tremblay). The boy lives underwater with his family off the coast of Portorosso and ventures into the city despite his parents’ warnings about the dangers of the surface world. Luca meets another sea monster boy, adventurer Alberto Scorfano (Jack Dylan Grazer), who shows him that his kind can turn human every time they dry up. With a little encouragement from Alberto and a new human friend named Giulia (Emma Berman), Luca spends the summer learning about himself and the possibilities in life.

Directed by Enrico Casarosa, Luca stars Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, Marco Barricelli, and Jim Gaffigan. The movie airs on Disney +.

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Source: Disney press conference

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