Y Tu Monstruos Tambien?
That’s (sort of) the vibe I got from the first teaser for Pixar’s latest animated feature, Luca. With a central trio of friends consisting of two boys (riding together on a scooter, no less) and one girl, the dynamic feels sort of like a Y Tu Mama Tambien but for kids.
Of course, Alfonzo Cuarón‘s very-adult Mexican indie drama was in Spanish and the setting here is Italy, but this struck me as the innocent version of that (although others on Twitter are seeing similarities to the Italian-set Call Me By Your Name).
Further straying from those comparisons, though, Luca is decidedly fantastical. It involves mythical sea monsters…but I’ll let the trailer (above) and images (below) reveal the inspired way in which they are.
The animation style also looks to be an evolution for Pixar, not just in the new-look character designs but, more specifically, the quasi-claymation aesthetic on display.
Directed by Enrico Casarosa (of the Oscar-nominated Pixar short La Luna) and co-screenwriters Mike Jones (Soul) and Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), the voice ensemble includes Jacob Tremblay (Room, Wonder), Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!), Maya Rudolph, Jim Gaffigan, and newcomer child-actress Emma Berman.
Luca is set to open in theaters this summer on June 18, 2021.