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My Thoughts on Disney-Pixar's "Luca"

Britt Trachtenberg

Posted on August 1, 2021 02:36

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Disney's Luca is an excellent movie to teach children about embracing who they are as individuals. The film explores valuable and resonating themes such as acceptance and identity.

Disney-Pixar’s latest movie, Luca, was released on Disney+ in June 2021. The animated film explores themes of embracing one’s own identity, culture, and home, even when challenged by those who may see you as less than because of that identity, culture, and/or home. Specifically, Luca and his family live underwater as green sea creatures with tails and fins. On land, they take the form of humans. Luca discovers this upon defying his parents’ orders and exploring the town next to the ocean in which he lives. Unfortunately, Luca also discovers that the people in this town hunt sea monsters. It is in murals the town has on display and in tales family members tell each other.


I found Luca to be an excellent movie to teach children about embracing who they are as individuals. On the surface, the movie depicts fantastical creatures who change forms depending on the environment. At first glance, this seems implausible. No creature truly changes that much because of a change in biome. However, as the movie progresses, the viewer sees the consequences of hiding who one truly is. For example, on the land, Luca and his friend Alberto meet a child named Giulia, a resident of the town who is surrounded by this phobia of sea creatures. Luca and Alberto are not honest with her about where they are truly from and who they truly are, which results in conflict and distrust between the three. Additionally, the film comments on the lack of acceptance from others within society. Luca’s grandmother has an interesting take on acceptance within society that she expresses in one of the final scenes. She mentions that not everyone will be accepting of sea monsters, but that Luca seems to have a knack for finding those that are. I think that this is a realistic perspective from which to view society.


Luca also discusses different types of families through various characters. Luca has a mother and father in his household under the sea. His grandmother is also present in his home. Alberto’s parents both seem to be absent from his life. Giulia lives with her father, a single parent and small business owner. These elements are not at the forefront of the movie and aren’t always explicitly mentioned, but still add to each character’s depth. I enjoyed seeing various families represented in the storyline in a way that doesn’t derail the plot.


While Luca is a film meant for children, I think that the lessons in it are valuable for audiences of all ages. The value of embracing who one truly is and the desire to express oneself do not change with age. I would recommend this adorable film to anyone.

Britt Trachtenberg

Posted on August 1, 2021 02:36

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