Last month, Disney/Pixar’s Luca arrived on Disney+ with lots of success! The film features a fun story about two boys finding themselves in the Italian Riviera while hiding their secret sea monster identities!
Recently, Director Enrico Casarosa shared how his own experiences inspired the film!
On Disney’s official Twitter account, Casarosa shared an illustrated story about his childhood and the time he spent in the Riviera. Shy as a kid in Italy, Enrico eventually befriended a much bolder kid who pushed him to broaden his horizons and be brave!
— Disney (@Disney) July 15, 2021
He would often spend his summers in the Italian Riviera, hearing stories of sea monsters and the unknown! Casarosa credits his bolder friend for pushing him to chase his dreams, leading him to the position he’s in today! The close relationship between Casarosa and his friend was the primary inspiration for the main characters, Luca and Alberto!
Inspired by his childhood, Enrico Casarosa created a film about the unknown, the motivating power of friendship, the Italian Riviera, and the sea monster stories of his childhood!
Love Luca? Then you should check out the latest piece of merch to drop: a new Luca pizza serving paddle!
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