La Luna (2011 film)

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La Luna
La Luna (2012 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byEnrico Casarosa
Written byEnrico Casarosa
Produced byKevin Reher
  • Krista Sheffler
  • Tony Fucile
  • Phil Sheridan
Edited bySteve Bloom
Music byMichael Giacchino
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06) (Annecy)
  • June 22, 2012 (2012-06-22) (with Brave)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States

La Luna (IPA: [la ˈluːna], Italian and Spanish for "The Moon") is a 2011 American computer-animated short film, directed and written by Enrico Casarosa in his directorial debut. The short premiered on June 6, 2011 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France,[1] and it was paired with Pixar's Brave for its theatrical release on June 22, 2012, being shown before the film's beginning. La Luna was released on November 13, 2012, on the Brave DVD and Blu-ray,[2] and on a new Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2, the second collection of Pixar's short films.[3] La Luna was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards.[4]


A young Italian boy, Bambino, goes on a midnight boat trip with his father Papà and grandfather Nonno in Genoa, Italy. After they anchor in the middle of the sea, Nonno presents Bambino with a cap similar to the ones he and Papà wear. The two men disagree on how Bambino should wear it, with Papà pulling it low over his eyes and Nonno pushing it back on his head.

Papà sets up a long ladder for Bambino to climb so he can set an anchor on the full moon, and the three ascend to start their work of sweeping fallen stars off the lunar surface. Papà urges Bambino to use a pushbroom on the stars, while Nonno favors a besom broom. As they quarrel, a huge star crashes on the moon; it is far too large for any of them to move.

Turning his cap backward, the way he wants to wear it, Bambino climbs onto the star and taps it with a hammer. It bursts apart into hundreds of smaller stars, and all three go to work sweeping them to one side, with Bambino choosing a rake instead of either man's broom. Once the job is done, they climb down to their boat and look up at the moon, which now displays a glowing crescent phase thanks to their efforts.


The plot was inspired by Casarosa's childhood and tales by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Italo Calvino. The style comes from Hayao Miyazaki's anime and from La Linea by the Italian cartoonist Osvaldo Cavandoli.[5]

Voice cast[edit]

  • Krista Sheffler as Bambino (Kid)[6]
  • Tony Fucile as Papà (Dad)[7]
  • Phil Sheridan as Nonno (Grandpa)[8]


  1. ^ Casarosa, Enrico (June 7, 2011). "La Luna – the poster". Enrico's nlog. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Shaffer, RL (August 22, 2012). "Brave Journeys Home to Blu-ray and DVD". IGN. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  3. ^ "Pixar Shorts, Volume Two (Blu-ray + DVD) (Widescreen)". Walmart. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Finke, Nikki (January 24, 2012). "Oscars: Nominations By Picture: 'Hugo' Leads With 11, 'The Artist' 10, 'Moneyball' and 'War Horse' 6 Each". Deadline. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "ScreenWEEK intervista in esclusiva Enrico Casarosa regista del corto Pixar dal sapore italiano: La Luna" (in Italian). Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Bastoli, Mike (September 16, 2011). "A closer look at Bambino from La Luna". Big Screen Animation. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  7. ^ ""La Luna" Director Enrico Casarosa Talks Filmmaking; Signed Poster Giveaway". Stitch Kingdom. September 12, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  8. ^ Rome, Emily (January 3, 2012). "Oscar shorts: Pixar takes on new poetic tone with 'La Luna'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 6, 2012.

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