PIXAR‘s LUCA will be streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting June 18th. The film is a beautiful coming-of-age story of a young boy (Luca) and his new best friend Alberto. Since the first trailer dropped earlier this year, Twitter was ablaze with speculation of Pixar having it’s first gay main characters and other theories. During a recent press event with Director Enrico Casarosa and Producer Andrea Warren, the question of ‘Is Pixar’s Luca gay?’ was asked and the answer just may shock you!
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Is PIXAR’S LUCA Gay?
After the first Pixar Luca trailer dropped, ‘Call Me By Your Name‘ began trending on Twitter and was being compared to the Luca trailer. In all fairness, the resemblance to the two films is striking. Both films are set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera and is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing a summer filled with gelato, pasta, and Vespa rides with his new best friend. Heck Call Me By Your Name was even directed by a man named Luca (Guadagnino)! The two male characters in Call Me By your Name began to have an intimate relationship in the film, so many can see why the connection was made between the two films and why the characters in Pixar’s Luca was speculated as queer characters.
During the press conference for Pixar Luca, director Enrico Casarosa was asked about the speculation of Luca and Alberto possibly having a relationship beyond friendship. Check out his response:
“I was really keen to talk about friendship before girlfriends and boyfriends come in to complicate things. Interestingly, even narratively, once Giulia comes into the picture and we looked at the structure of it, sometimes the story would pull you toward some puppy love romance, and to be completely honest, I wanted to talk about friendships. So that was never our plan and this was about their friendship in that pre-puberty world.“
“They’re both lonely, there’s a loneliness at the heart of it that I think is filling a void in all these kids because they feel a little bit odd and lonely. Giulia is the same thing, we wanted to make sure there’s a little loneliness so there’s the space that gets filled with an important friendship. That’s a lot of the things we talked about that felt really important to talk about in a way that, especially today, how hard it sometimes is to have the meaningful strong friendships. How do differences challenge us?“
Pixar Luca Synopsis
Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature 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: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.