One of the most wonderful things about working with The Nerds of Color is that I find myself constantly in the most fortunate position of getting to meet some of the best, most talented individuals working today. And when you think about talent in Hollywood, few brands come to mind greater than Pixar Animation Studios. In celebration of the release of its newest masterpiece, Luca, which hits Disney+ today, I was fortunate enough to meet with the director and producer of the film, Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren, as well as legendary comedian, Jim Gaffigan (who voices Lorenzo in the film), and two of the most talented young actors working in the industry today: Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays Alberto, and Jacob Tremblay, who plays the titular character, Luca Paguro.
Luca, a charming, adorable little film, was miraculously, yet meticulously completed during the pandemic, which itself was a challenge for everyone involved. And yet, with a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, we see that no lockdowns could take down the creative force that is Pixar Animation Studios. The film is the brain-child of writer/director Casarosa, and was inspired by the summers of his childhood in Italy, and adventures with his best friend (also named Alberto in real life). And thus, given both of those aspects, we took the time to ask the cast and creators about the challenges of the pandemic, pasta, parenthood, and the Pixar legacy!
- Whether or not Luca is the bridge between Monster’s Inc and Finding Nemo in the ever expanding “Pixar Theory” (2:51)
- Whether or not Jack Dylan Grazer and Jacob Tremblay were able to meet during the making of the film (4:09)
- What Lorenzo, Gaffigan’s character film the film, would think of Peperoni Pizza Hot Pockets (10:10)
Check out our full interviews right here:
Luca is now available to make you smile exclusively on Disney+!