Director Enrico Casarosa has shot down theories that Disney and Pixar’s Luca will fixate on a strange sentiment – or any sentiment, besides.

Speaking with Polygon, Casarosa stated the film takes place in a “pre-pubescence world” and that he “was truly quick to discuss a friendship before girlfriends and boyfriends come in to entangle things.”

Luca’s underlying plot description, around two boys spending an extraordinary summer together on the Italian Riviera, driven numerous to attract comparisons to the Academy Award-winning strange sentiment movie Call Me By Your Name, coordinated by Luca Guadagnino. It turns out the relationship between these two boys (who also end up being sea monsters) is absolutely non-romantic and based on Casarosa’s own youth friendships.

Pixar’s record for LGBTQ+ representation has consisted mostly of easily censored minor characters, however, last 2020’s SparkShort Out, released on Disney+, kicked things off for the studio with its coming-out story. Pixar is right now casting a transgender character for an anonymous task.

LGBTQ+ representation in energized films is slowly increasing. Prominently, Sony Animation’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines is the first American energized family film with an eccentric protagonist.

Coordinated by Enrico Casarosa, Luca stars Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman, Maya Rudolph, Marco Barricelli and Jim Gaffigan. The film arrives on Disney+ Friday, June 18.

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