Title: La Luna (Dir. Enrico Casarosa)
Director: Enrico Casarosa
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Synopsis: ‘La luna’ tells the enchanting story of a young boy joining his father and grandfather in the family business for the first time. He soon learns of their bizarre line of work and gets caught up in the magic of the new world he has been exposed to, whilst still trying to please both his father and grandfather’s expectations.
Review: ‘La Luna’ is currently one of my favourite short films, and by far my favourite Pixar animated short. It successfully depicts the idea of finding your own path whilst still learning from the generations before you. This is particularly evident towards the end of the film as the young boy solves a problem on his own, teaching his father and grandfather that there is more than one right way to do something. The film has no dialogue, however the characters speak a mumbling ‘gibberish’ which vaguely resembles Italian. I found this to be an interesting choice from the writer/director Enrico Casarosa as it brought light comedy to the film, however at times it did feel like it slightly drew away from the actual story. The film is visually breathtaking, but what I found particularly interesting was how I as a viewer felt like I was following the discoveries of the young boy, as he was experiencing his beautiful new world for the first time. Furthermore, I found the tempo to be just right, with new discoveries and interesting plot twists being revealed at a constant but not overwhelming pace, keeping me as a viewer intrigued throughout the story. Overall, I would recommend this film to anyone of any age as it has a familiar feel to it, and amidst the mystical and surreal setting it has an intriguing and relatable storyline.