As you may know, Pixar films always start with a short because they’re old school like that. The short that plays before Brave is called La Luna. Directed by Enrico Casarosa, the piece is a warm fairytale about a young boy’s induction into a magical family tradition.
Our blogging group chatted with Casarosa about the piece. He said he drew inspiration from the rocky relationship between his dad and grandfather.
Referring to the dad and grandfather characters in the short, Casarosa said, “I made them get along for a little bit.”
Originally budgeted for just four and a half minutes, Casarosa felt the story needed to breathe. So, he slowly pushed the time limit over the course of production so as not to draw too much attention. The finished short clocks in at just under 7 minutes, without costing more than originally budgeted.
Explaining the achievement, Casarosa said, “It’s actually [Pixar’s] longest short… but as far as shot count, it’s among our least.”
And if you’re wondering what my hard-hitting journalistic question was, I said I know Pixar has a tendency to work out new technology and new effects in their shorts. I asked what process they perfected in La Luna.
Casarosa said, “We did not have new technology.”
loved la luna! so beautiful!