"Luca" tells the story of a kid who, against his parents' strict orders, appears one day on the shore of the Italian Riviera. He suddenly has an instant best friend and is having the time of his life, for the first time in his life. But he - and his pal - are living with a dangerous secret: They're both actually sea monsters, and sea monsters are feared creatures in the Italian village.
Jacob Tremblay lends his voice to the title role, and thinks Luca is like any other kid - pushing boundaries with their parents.
"I mean, obviously, you know, any kid disobeys their parents just a little bit. I think we can all relate to Luca, you know? He wants to explore the world. Maybe his parents are a bit too protective," he said.
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His parents are voiced by Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan.
"That's one of the messages of this movie is that kids have to find their own way," said Gaffigan, who is a father of five. "Kids are on loan, right? Like, we are the caretakers of these little humans and hopefully helping them find a path to adulthood. But it's terrifying!"
"The other side of this is, yeah, embracing yourself but also kind of treasuring what these friendships do for us," said director Enrico Casarosa.
"We like the metaphor of sea monsters and these creatures who have to hide something about themselves," said producer Andrea Warren. "That's the beauty of this is to be your authentic self. Be yourself and feel like yourself in all these different situations."
"Luca" debuts Friday on Disney+.
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