June 20, 2021
Children of the Sea by way of Pixar. It's nice to see them finally switching things up a little. Director Enrico Casarosa goes for a more subdued, calmer atmosphere, citing directors like Miyazaki as a direct influence. The characters and themes are still very much Pixar, but at least it's progress.
Luca is a young sea creature who lives his life away from humans. He dreams of exploring the world, but his parents are very protective of him and fear the fishermen. Luca's life changes when one day he meets Roberto, another sea creature who lives his life on land. The two set off to the nearest village.
The characters, themes and comedy are still very typical (read not for me), the voice actors too are subpar, but it's nice to see a different setting and more toned down mood. The slightly more cartoonish art style is a plus (but they could've pushed it a lot further) and the summery rural Italian countryside is appropriately appealing. A real improvement over their other films.