click here for a larger look) from their upcoming Pixar short film titled La Luna which Anne Thompson reports will premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival, running June 6-11, although I scoured the Annecy site and found no mention of the film.
La Luna is directed by Enrico Casarosa who began with Pixar in 2002, working as a story artist on Cars, followed by Ratatouille and Up. La Luna marks his directorial debut, and he is currently serving as head of story on an upcoming Pixar film.
Thompson also offers the following official synopsis for La Luna:
La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?
A bio on Casarosa that accompanied this announcement says he found early influences in Hayao Miyazaki’s work and grew up watching Miyazaki’s television series in Italy. Born and raised in Genoa, Casarosa moved to New York City in his twenties, to study animation at the School of Visual Arts and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
There’s no word on whether this will be the short attached to Brave on June 22, 2012 as we already know Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation will accompany Cars 2 on June 24. So far all I do know, outside of everything above, is that it runs 6:53.