From the moment Disney/Pixar Lucas trailer was released last February, viewers were quick to pick up on the film’s odd nuances — intentional or not — about two “different” boys forming a close bond.
In this case, the characters of Luca and Alberto are both sea monsters, but that didn’t prevent immediate comparisons with call me by your name.
It even inspired this mashup from YouTuber Zachary S. Marsh, who wrote, “It was hard to ignore the similarities between the upcoming Disney movie. Lucas and the 2017 Oscar call me by your nameso I concocted this.
Lucas Director Enrico Casarosa called the animated film a “deeply personal story for me” and explained in previous interviews that it was loosely based on his plutonic relationship with his best friend while growing up in Italy.
In a recent interview with The envelopeCasarosa revealed that he was considering making Luca and Alberto explicitly queer.
“We talked about it,” Casarosa said of the two who fell in love. “I think the reason we probably haven’t talked about it as much and to some extent we’re slightly surprised by how many people are talking about romance is that we were really focused on friendship. and therefore on the pre-romance. ”
“But it’s a kind of love, isn’t it?” He continued. “There’s a lot of cuddling and it’s physical and my experience as a straight man definitely wasn’t that. The things we talked about a lot is what the metaphor is here for being a freak sailor, to be different.
“My version was definitely that we were two geeks, losery. But it’s so wonderful and even more powerful for the LGBTQ+ community that has felt so alienated, right, where it’s so real and stronger than my experience.
“I love that the metaphor reads in all these different ways,” he added.
After the release of Lucas, star Jake Dylan Grazer (Alberto) came out bisexual. In an Instagram Live video, he read a fan’s question asking, “Are you gay? After a brief pause, Grazer said, “I’m bi.” He then said: “Silenzio, Bruno!” a line of Lucas what her character says to calm the discouraging voice in her head. Shortly after, Grazer updated the pronouns on her Instagram bio to read them.