By Jordan Moncada — 02/26/12
“La Luna” is a short film that you won’t easily forget.
Pixar’s storyboard artist Enrico Casarosa wrote and directed the animated short. The Italian artist thinks the beauty of the animation is what landed the Oscar nomination.
“Our production designer did beautiful pastels for each moment, so there were specific colors and the moonlight that we wanted and needed to capture,” Casarosa told WEBN in LA. “We definitely wanted this to be a breathtaking kind of world that we could take our characters and the viewers.”
Pixar’s casting director and “La Luna” producer Kevin Reher was thrilled to produce the short. The Pixar veteran had produced family favorite movies “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life.” Reher thinks Casarosa’s foreign flair is what makes it so unique.
“There is just a languid feel…Maybe it’s the Italian in Enrico or maybe it’s the story telling, but it’s just a very relaxed, very lyrical short film compared to the other ones, well compared to certainly Saturday morning cartoons,” said Reher.
Casarosa says his childhood memories with his dad and grandfather inspired La Luna’s story.
“[My father and grandfather] wouldn’t talk to each other a whole lot and then they would talk to me,” said Casarosa. “So I thought it would be fun to call some of that feeling and tell the story about a boy who really needs to find his own way between two strong personalities.”
The Pixar short has three characters: Bambino, Papa and Nono. The viewer doesn’t actually know their names because there is no real dialogue, only a bunch of gibberish.
“We actually even tried to write in Gibberish a couple of times. That was the fun part because you could even spell it to zibbity, dibbity, bobbity,” said Casarosa. “But that was a horrible because people would start reading it and it wouldn’t sound normal.”
The director’s young spirit is exactly what he wanted to achieve.
“I hope it can make us feel like a kid again for 6 minutes and 51 seconds that would be wonderful,” said Casarosa. “That’s the kind of entertainment that I really enjoy that takes me back a little bit to feeling like a kid.”
And even for a short amount of time, feeling young again is worth it. For “La Luna,” less is certainly more in what viewers take away from the movie.