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I have reviewed a lot of movies for a lot of different media outlets, including, but not limited to, the majority of Pixar films. However, I’ve never written a whole article about a Pixar short, and it is time that changed. La Luna is the reason.
La Luna was created, written, and directed by Enrico Casarosa, who had previously worked on Cars, Up, and Ratatouille, and it was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Short Film). It deserved it.
If you have ever wondered what it is like to be nominated for an Oscar, here is how Casarosa described it:
I woke up and I let all my family sleep, but I made myself a coffee and I was in the dark in the kitchen, trying to figure out where they would put it because they don’t really mention us little guys in the show. You have to go look for it. But once you find out…I love that moment of that quiet, personal moment of me and a cup of coffee. Then it turned into text and then it’s a mess, and emails of all these people kind of congratulating me.
So I really felt great, the feeling of a nomination feels wonderful, but, the thing I remember the most is just the outpouring from all over the place, people coming through the woodwork to say hi and congratulations, which is really great, and that kind of strange quiet moment.
It was not a bad day.
The story of La Luna runs seven minutes and does not use any spoken language, aside from shrugs, looks, and some mumbling that only the characters can understand. It’s a family thing.
The next animated short film to be released by Pixar is “La Luna”. Directed by Enrico Casarosa and produced by Kevin Reher, La Luna is expected to be released in front of the Pixar film “Brave.” I’ve been a long time fan of Casarosa’s blog and sketchbooks.
La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?
Disney has also released a special preview clip from the upcoming Hawaiian Vacation short from Pixar and featuring the toys from Toy Story. This will roll with Cars 2 when it hits theaters. Previously: Two preview images from Toy Story short Hawaiian Vacation.