PIXAR‘s LUCA will be exclusively hitting the Disney+ streaming service in just a few short weeks, June 18th. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the virtual press junket for the film, which included an interview with Director Enrico Casarosa and Producer Andrea Warren. During the junket, some very hot topics were discussed including the question which has been raised, Is Luca gay, the sea monters and more! Check out this PIXAR Luca interview and what exactly the Sea Monster metaphor is.
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LUCA Interview Sea Monster
During the Pixar Luca interview with Director Enrico Casarosa and Producer Andrea Warren last month, the question was asked about the sea monsters being a metaphor. We are living in a time where racism and violence against minorities is running rampant, with George Floyd’s death last year, prompting Black Lives Matter protests worldwide and more recently, the hate crimes agains Asians in America, the messages in Luca as far as prejudices may very well speak loud and clear and resonate with many viewers. Check out what both Warren and Cararosa had to say about the seas monster metaphor in Pixar’s Luca.
Andrea Warren: We liked the idea always that the metaphor of being a sea monster can apply to so many different things. There is a theme of openness and showing oneself and self-acceptance as well as community-acceptance. Confronting the idea that, there’s more to sea monsters than they realize. They’ve [the towns people] only seen it through one perspective, one lens, and so I think that that’s a wonderful theme in the film, which is that those ideas weren’t right and there’s more to learn. So, I do find that, a really useful and hopefully helpful metaphor for all the things that are going on.
Enrico Casarosa: We hope that sea monster could be a metaphor for all sorts of feeling different–like being a teen or pre-teen. That moment where you feel odd. There are all sorts of ways of feeling different. It felt like a wonderful way to talk about that and having to accept ourselves first, whatever way we feel different.
About Pixar’s Luca
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.