Pixar's newest animation takes us to the Italian Riviera where fearsome fish creatures stalk the sea around a small fishing town. However, these creatures are not as fearsome as the humans think. Luca (Jacob Tremblay), a young fish creature, dreams of venturing above the sea accidentally encouraged further by his doting mother and vacant father. One day while tending a flock of fish, of which a line of plushie toys will soon be available, Luca meets Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), a fellow fish creature who has lives on a remote island above the ocean. Luca and Alfonso instantly get along and bond over the Vespa, an item which they humorously herald as if it was the secret to eternal life. But when Luca runs into family troubles, the boys decide to run away to the local town in which they meet new friends, fight enemies and compete in a triathlon which will test friendships to the max.
Luca is a step in a new direction for Pixar. That is not to say it is a step which crosses over any boundaries. Luca is actually one of Pixar's most simplistic fils. But that is exactly why it takes a different path. The story is simple but beautiful and the visuals are as stunning as ever with a unique style to them. Sure, Luca doesn't dissect the family dynamic via superheroes or create characters out of emotions, but it touches your heart and feeds your soul. Much like good Italian food. It may not be the Pixar movie you'll remember but I'll be damned if you're not tearing up by the end.