The Luca Director admits that they discussed making the lead gay, but settled on a friendship pre-romance

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Earlier this year‚ Pixar directors Enrico Casarosa and Chris Buck sat down to discuss the upcoming animated feature Luca. During the interview‚ Casarosa confirmed that the film will not feature a gay character or a gay teen. He said that the movie will focus on a friendship and the difficulties of coming out‚ instead of on romance. However‚ the portrayal of gay youth in the film does seem to be a stretch. In an interview with Variety‚ the Luca director talked about the movie's LGBTQ+ characters‚ including the two main leads‚ Alberto and Luca. The film centers on a teenage sea monster who dreams of exploring life outside the water. He meets Alberto‚ a human boy who shows Luca the world on land. The two bond and begin to travel. During their adventure‚ the duo face prejudice from humans. Although this film isn't as deep as some of Pixar's greatest movies‚ it is still a significant and exciting film for LGBTQ+ audiences. Luca's gay characters are not explicitly portrayed as gay‚ but the movie is not an overtly gay movie‚ either. The film was directed by Enrico Casarosa‚ the filmmaker behind the award-winning Pixar short La Luna. The director explained that he wanted to focus on an intimate friendship rather than a love triangle. While the movie does feature a gay character‚ it doesn't portray that as a primary focus.

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  • Enrico Casarosa‚ director of Luca‚ said that there were talks about romantic ties between the leads.
  • He said that we eventually refocused on friendship‚ and not romance.
  • Casarosa shared with The Wrap that the film was embraced by the LGBTQ community.

Since the first trailer for. pixars luca showed the two sea monster boys to the LGBTQ community. Many people were impressed by the strong relationship between Luca‚ Alberto‚ and the animation was even voted animated adaptation of Call Me by Your Name 2017‚ starring Timothee Chalamet‚ and Armie Hammer. Enrico Casarosa‚ director of Luca‚ has said that the story was based on Enrico's straight relationship with his Italian best friend. However Enrico recently spoke out to clarify this. The wrap he did confess that Luca was a bit unsure if Alberto and Luca should be friends. Casarosa spoke of their romance and they talked about it. It is possible that it wasn't something we talked about as often and we were somewhat surprised at the number of people discussing romance. We were focusing more on friendship‚ and not so much on romantic relationships.

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Luca is voiced by Jacob Tremblay and Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures It is‚ however‚ a form of love. He continued. Hugging is a common practice‚ and it can be quite physical. However‚ my personal experience as a straight male was not like that. We did discuss a lot of things‚ including the metaphor for being a sea monster and being different. Casarosa stated that at the end‚ he looked into the way he and his friend had been growing up together to create the dynamic characters. He said that we were definitely two geeks. It's so amazing and powerful‚ especially for those in the LGBTQ community‚ who have felt like an outsider.

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Luca. Pixar In June of last year‚ Jacob Sarkisian (ex-Insider reporter) stated that Luca had not committed to making a queer film. He wrote that it is a shame this was made at a time when gay romances could easily have been explored. It wouldn't feel contrived to make Luca or Alberto explicit gay/queer. This would be a significant confirmation of the story already rich in gay subtext. Casarosa stated that he and he were surprised by the queer interpretation of the story‚ as they had been so focused on their characters in the pre-puberty phase. Theres no crush yet‚ he said. He is thrilled that the story has moved beyond this and that it is now being seen as a film about accepting all differences. Casarosa stated‚ "I love the way that this metaphor can be read in so many different ways.". Luca can be purchased on Blu-ray and Disney.