Reporting on the movies that I see
I seem to keep forgetting that Pixar has still been continuing its tradition of putting short films before their features, no matter how many Pixar films I watch in theaters. On the other hand, that means I'm regularly delighted when I watch Pixar films because it was via shorts that they established their reputation and they continue to make some highly enjoyable shorts. La Luna continues in this tradition, appearing before Brave, capturing imaginative whimsy and embedding it into a story about family and finding your own way, dressed with some enchanting visuals.
The story is pretty simple with a trio of men, a father and his father taking their bambino out to join them in their family job, which is has to do with sweeping the stars on the moon, with both father and grandfather insisting that bambino do it their way. But a new fallen star provides a challenge to the trio, prompting the kid to find a way to save the day.
And the simplicity of the conflict fits the short length of the film perfectly, setting up the kid to be torn between the conflicting methods of his father and grandfather as well as a clever means of resolving that conflict. If there's anything wrong with the story is that there's a little lack of urgency when the big disruptive event happens and so the short isn't quite as exciting as it could have been in that moment.
More enchanting is the direction of the piece as a whole, especially with the possibly iconic image of how the family manages to get up onto the moon. Combined with a rustic design for the characters and their costumes as well as a lovely look to the stars and the moon, La Luna presents some lovely visuals to go with its small, but effectively story. The sense of humor itself is a little understated, but contributes well to the overall calmer atmosphere of the short and so works in harmony.
Now, maybe La Luna's more tranquil mood does result in the film popping a little less than the brighter humor and temperament of other popular Pixar shorts, and, if that's what you're looking for, then it might be a fair preference to air. However, I feel that La Luna's lovely art, small, but effective story and enchanting, but peaceable direction results in some new and appreciable ground for Pixar. 8/10.