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Luca

3 Stars (out of 4)

Last December, in the most brutal part of the pandemic, Pixar released the incredible, introspective, existential Soul. Now, with both summer and hope ahead, the studio gives us its opposite: Luca, a funny, lighthearted vacation of a movie. Debuting Friday on Disney+ — fortunately without the $30 premium price tag, but also, unfortunately, not in Bay Area theaters — Luca aims for joy rather than profundity, and at this time, it feels just right. Luca is the feature directing debut of Enrico Casarosa, who worked as a story artist on Ratatouille, Up, and Coco, and also directed the beautiful short film La Luna. Like many other Pixar films, and especially last year's Onward, this one feels as if it were based on deep and life-changing childhood emotions. In this case, a young character is curious about the outside world but lacks the courage — and also the support of his protective parents — to take that fateful step into the unknown... More...

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