‘Luca’ Main Character Reportedly Pays Homage to a Studio Ghibli Classic






Disney filed for a new copyright register which revealed some new information about Pixar’s 2021 release, Luca, a movie set in the Italian Riviera. The document, a global style guide, reveals what appears to be the full name of the main character, Luca Portorosso.

Portorosso is a wordplay which hides a nod to Studio Ghibli’s Porco Rosso, a movie released in 1992 about an Italian pilot cursed to live in a pig-like body after World War I. Luca’s director Enrico Casarosa has expressed his admiration for Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, and Japanese animation several times, suggesting Pixar’s new movie will be inspired by it.

On the same copyright request, Disney and Pixar also registered the name ISOLA DEL MARE, which means something like Sea island. This is probably the place where the story takes place.

Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

Directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (La Luna). Luca is Pixar’s 24th animated feature and it’s coming to theaters on June 18, 2021.

Via Pixar
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