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WATCH: Pixar releases new ‘Luca’ trailer on friendship

WATCH: Pixar releases new ‘Luca’ trailer on friendship

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The new trailer for Pixar's coming-of-age animated film features insights from the cast on the importance of friendship

Pixar Animation Studios dropped a new featurette trailer for its coming-of-age animated film Luca that details the film’s message on the importance of friendship.

The latest trailer features short but meaningful interviews from the film’s cast on what friendship means to them.

Actor and stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who plays the titular character’s father, said the film “is a story of friendships that are authentic and only found around a certain age.”

Maya Rudolph, who has worked on other animated films such as Big Hero 6, The Willoughbys, and The Mitchells vs. The Machines, said that she loves moments in life where people have someone “to push you out of your comfort zone to discover yourself.”

With the story being set during the hot months of summer, lead actor Jacob Tremblay (Room, Wonder) hopes that the film “would bring back a lot of memories for people of summers when they were kids.”

Emma Berman, who lends her voice to one of Luca’s newfound best friends, said the friendship explored in the film is one that helps build personal growth.

“These are the friendships that teach us lessons, build your self-esteem, and where you have like, this sense of belonging,” she said.

Echoing the same sentiments, Jack Dylan Grazer, who gives life to the character of Alberto, stressed that the film is a “perfect example” of friendships that push one to be courageous in pursuing dreams and ideas.

The film’s director, Enrico Casarosa, who previously said that the film takes inspiration from his childhood experiences in Genoa, Italy, shared that his own close friendship with his best friend led him to where he is right now.

“I had the luck of meeting my best friend Alberto when I was 11. He had a ton of passion and was consciously testing his own fears. I wonder if I would have had the courage to go and chase my career in animation had I not met my best friend,” Casarosa said.

The trailer ended with the Italian filmmaker highlighting that “these friendships, they help us find ourselves. That is really at the heart of the story of Luca.”

The film’s plot follows Luca, a 13-year-old sea monster who, curious about the world above his watery home, goes on an adventure to explore a seaside town on the Italian Riviera with his new best friend and fellow sea monster Alberto, leading to “an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides.”

Originally set for theaters, Luca is now scheduled for a June 18 release exclusively on Disney+. But due to the streaming platform not being available in the Philippines, the film has yet to get an official release date in the country. – with reports from John Patrick Ranara/Rappler.com

John Patrick Ranara is a Rappler intern.