The short has been produced by Kevin Reher, who’s been working with Pixar since A Bug’s Life back in 1998, and who produced the brilliant shorts Partly Cloudy, which came out with Up in 2009, and Day & Night, which was released last year with Toy Story 3.
La Luna tells,
“the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?”
Given that Cars 2 has already been announced as having Hawaiian Vacation, the Toy Story short, attached to it, it’s not yet known how La Luna will be released, but we may have to wait for 2012’s Brave comes out before we see it.
Casarosa, who’s worked on Cars, Ratatouille, Up, and Cars 2, spoke to Animated World Network, who also have a 30-second clip of the short, and he said that the story was inspired in part by his own upbringings.
“The core idea has two parts: A personal story about me growing up by the sea in Genoa, and how my father and grandfather rarely speaking to one another. I can remember being 11 or 12 and getting caught in the middle at the dinner table with these very uncomfortable conversations. My grandfather lived with us, which probably had a lot to do with it.”
He also spoke about the influence of Hayao Miyazaki, incredibly popular Japanese animator and film director, on the design of the father in the short:
“My inspiration was Miyazaki’s miner from Castle in the Sky. The arguing is all with the father’s moustache and the grandfather’s beard. I thought I’d be saving time by not having mouths, but it didn’t work out that way. The hair was very challenging. The animators needed the controls to give expression and the kind of vibration that suggests speech. There was a lot of back and forth between grooming and the animators.”
Without further ado, here’s the new poster and logo and a still from the film, followed by a shot of Casarosa at the drawing board with a clay model of the young boy, and then the 30-second clip. As usual, click to enlarge. The poster alone is enough to get you excited, and you can’t help but love the boy copying his father and his grandfather in the clip, and how much in awe he is of the moon.