Luca ★★★★

I’ve heard this movie be described as a small scale offering from Pixar. But aside from Inside Out and Soul where emotions and souls are literal characters, I don’t see the difference in scale compared to the rest of Pixar’s repertoire. All their movies have always thrived in exploring their characters’ needs and wants and taking them on journeys of self discovery; Luca does exactly the same and for that reason it felt like classic Pixar to me.

Does it rank among my favorite Pixar movies like The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Monsters Inc, Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo? Well, no. But looking at the release dates, it could simply be because I’m a lot more emotional attached to them; I was a kid when those came out.

Luca does everything right, it feels light, fun and explores themes of belonging, fear of the unknown and friendship without hitting you over the head with the messages.