Animation Breakdown: Pixar’s “La Luna”

Cartoon Brew at Animation Breakdown, currently going on this week at The Cinefamily, is incredibly proud to present a special advance screening of Pixar’s newest Oscar ‘short-listed’ short film La Luna, a full six months before it hits the mainstream movie audiences! After the screening there will be a Q&A and a “Making of La Luna” presentation by its director, Enrico Casarosa. Casarosa will discuss the journey that led him to create the short and illustrate the roots, influences, and inspirations that led him to tell this very personal story. Join us at 2pm on Saturday (12/3) – Advance tickets available now.


  • http://artofaaronjohnston.blogspot.com/ Aaron

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! Probably another cracker from Pixar!

  • Eric

    I’m surprised La Luna never gave credit to Italo Calvino’s short story “The Distance of the Moon” in “Cosmicomics”(1968). The similarities are unmistakable, though the main story is quite different.

    See excerpts from “The Distance of the Moon”:

    “There were nights when the Moon was full and very, very low, and the tide was so high that the Moon missed a ducking in the sea by a hair’s-breadth; well, let’s say a few yards anyway. Climb up on the Moon? Of course we did. All you had to do was row out to it in a boat and, when you were underneath, prop a ladder against her and scramble up.”

    “This is how we did the job: in the boat we had a ladder: one of us held it, another climbed to the top, and a third, at the oars, rowed until we were right under the Moon; that’s why there had to be so many of us (I only mentioned the main ones). The man at the top of the ladder, as the boat approached the Moon, would become scared and start shouting: “Stop! Stop! I’m going to bang my head!”

    “In reality, from the top of the ladder, standing erect on the last rung, you could just touch the Moon if you held your arms up.”

    “I would cling first with one hand, then with both, and immediately I would feel ladder and boat drifting away from below me, and the motion of the Moon would tear me from the Earth’s attraction. Yes, the Moon was so strong that she pulled you up; you realized this the moment you passed from one to the other: you had to swing up abruptly, with a kind of somersault, grabbing the scales, throwing your legs over your head, until your feet were on the Moon’s surface. Seen from the Earth, you looked as if you were hanging there with your head down, but for you, it was the normal position, and the only odd thing was that when you raised your eyes you saw the sea above you, glistening, with the boat and the others upside down, hanging like a bunch of grapes from the vine. “

    • Andrew

      When I saw La Luna I made the same connection to Cosmicomics. I was trying to explain to my fiancee the similarities and was a little surprised they didn’t mention any connection to the book in the credits. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who caught that.