Pixar are heading to the Italian Riviera for Luca, the follow-up to the still-to-come Soul.

There’s definitely a brevity thing going on at the animation company, as these, of course, will follow such titles as Coco and Cars.

Luca will be the feature debut for director Enrico Casarosa, who was behind the Oscar-nominated short La Luna.

This new original animated feature will be a coming-of-age story about a young boy who shares a memorable summer with a newfound best friend, one who has a secret that may derail everything – he’s actually a sea monster!

“This is a deeply personal story for me,” says Casarosa, who we presume didn’t befreind any sea monsters while growing up. “Not only because it’s set on the Italian Riviera where I grew up, but because at the core of this film is a celebration of friendship. Childhood friendships often set the course of who we want to become and it is those bonds that are at the heart of our story in Luca. So in addition to the beauty and charm of the Italian seaside, our film will feature an unforgettable summer adventure that will fundamentally change Luca.”

Luca is currently slated for release in Australian cinemas June 17, 2021.

Meanwhile, Soul has been pushed back to December 26, 2020. Here’s a reminder of why we’re expecting good things: