Luca is a teenage sea monster who has always wanted to explore the surface world. When he meets Alberto (another teen sea monster), the latter introduces him to the world of humans as they both explore endless possibilities. But the town they find themselves in is occupied by people who have always hunted sea monsters, and it's only a matter of time before Luca and Alberto's secret will become revealed.
Luca effectively employs the traditional Disney/Pixar formula to continue the creation of a family-friendly tale that is heartwarming and didactic.
The story is magical, the characters are endearing, and the animation is beautifully rendered. With all these in place, how can one expect nothing less than another classic from the Mouse House?
Luca (voiced by the talented youngster Jacob Tremblay) meets the adventurous Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) and his boring life takes far more interesting than he could have anticipated.
In exploring the human world, they befriend a girl named Giulia, and together they join an upcoming race to win a motorcycle. What they don't bargain for is the townspeople's intolerance and hatred for their kind, and when Luca's parents come looking for him, things spiral out of control.
I was hooked from the opening scene and I couldn't just take my eyes away for the duration of this film. It isn't Disney and Pixar's best film but it is definitely something remarkable.
The voice acting is great (especially from the two leads) and the humour comes in the needed doses. At the heart of this film is a lesson to accept everyone the way they are, irrespective of beliefs, race, religion, or sexuality. It's a message that never gets old and Disney and Pixar tell it in the best way possible.
Luca is another win and ranks among the best animated films of 2021. Disney fans will not be disappointed.