June 21, 2021, 17:28 | Updated: June 21, 2021, 5:46 PM
Luca’s director says the film is about friendship, but viewers are claiming it as Pixar’s first LGBTQ + film.
Luca is finally out on Disney + and viewers are praising the Pixar movie for its queer coding: both protagonists appear to be gay.
Luca tells the story of Luca, a teenage sea monster who can take human form and dreams of exploring life outside the water. In the film, he meets Alberto, another teenage sea monster who shows him what the world looks like on earth. The two quickly get closer and plan to get a Vespa and travel the world. They regularly hold hands and look at each other with envy. They also face prejudices from humans because they are different and have to hide from them who they are.
At the end of the movie, Luca’s mother worries about whether or not humans will accept Luca and his grandmother says, “Some people, they will never accept him but others will and he seems to know how. find the right ones. “
LGBTQ + viewers around the world have connected to the film and the memes and reactions are both healthy and hilarious.
Is Luca gay? Here’s what the director said.
Discussing whether Luca is a gay love story, director Enrico Casarosa told Playserver, “I really wanted to talk about a friendship before girlfriends and boyfriends got in the way.” He then added, “It was about their friendship in this pre-puberty world. The kind of friendship that’s going to get you in trouble, push you to change, push you to find yourself.”
Despite what Enrico has said, many believe queer themes are too apparent to ignore. One person tweeted: “I just saw Luca, and I don’t care what other people say, this is Disney / Pixar’s first gay animated film. Feeling like you have to hide a part of you- even, meet someone like you 4 the first time, strangers calling you and your monster “friends”, finding the right ones. I cried. “
Another person tweeted: “I just looked at Luca and now I’m crying for a gay fish, what the hell is that.”
I just saw Luca, and I don’t care what others say, this is Disney / Pixar’s first gay animated film. Feeling that you have to hide a part of yourself, meet someone like you 4 for the first time, strangers calling you monsters, you and your “friends”, find the right ones. I cried. â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/cVpcZMadix
– Eric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) June 21, 2021
me: we need to normalize platonic male affection !!
me too looking at Luca: gay? boys are in love ?? weird coded ??? they are precious and perfect oh my god ???? pic.twitter.com/d4R1HARnAq
– alexð³ï¸âð (@its_she_they) June 19, 2021
#Luca is one of the most beautiful queer encoded movies I have ever seen. it perfectly captures the feeling of the best friend you fall in love with as a young gay kid, the confusion, the fear of being different and of hidingâ¦ despite using sea monster metaphors to do so. 1000/10 !! pic.twitter.com/KDUxKUlNju
– Loki’s girlfriend! kariâ· âï¸ (@bIysmanors) June 18, 2021
I know #Luca is not an explicitly gay movie. I know that.
but a movie about two teenagers who grow up with a secret about their identity in a conservative city that persecutes people for that secret?
Pixar knows what they did there pic.twitter.com/dFq3nsJ8cZ
– aaron (@aaronsbadtweets) June 18, 2021
I just looked at Luca and now I’m crying over a gay fish, fuck it
– Kiiwi ð¦ DTIYS IN PROGRESS (@kiiwistu) June 18, 2021
Luca asks the old question: are they gay or just Italian?
– Mario Mozzarella (@MarioGraciotti) June 18, 2021
Hi, Luca’s characters are weirder than any of the first 97 openly gay characters in Disney / Pixar canon, and if you don’t think so, never talk to me or my mermaid son or his mermaid lover. . once again, happy PRIDE. Go watch Calamari by your name rn ï¸âð #luca pic.twitter.com/XnztuICqb4
– Jarrett Poore (@JarrettPoore) June 19, 2021
It should also be noted that although Casarosa said that Luca isn’t a gay love story, he didn’t explicitly say whether Luca and Alberto are gay or not. In other words, it’s possible that it’s still an LGBTQ + story, regardless of the romance.