Disney and Pixar’s 2021 film Luca charmed fans with its heartwarming story and endearing characters.
As Pixar movies often go, Luca is a coming-of-age story, an ode to Summer, and lessons about being different and friendship all wrapped into one.
Its enchanting moments have stayed long after the credits rolled, encouraging viewers to move forward with optimism.
But what really made Luca such a special experience was the inspiring quotes littered throughout the adventure!
So whether you just watched it for yourself or are planning on seeing it soon, wrap up in one of these 50 cherished quotes from Luca.
You won’t regret taking a moment to reflect on these bits of wisdom!
SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoilers to movie or show plots.
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Funny quotes from Pixar’s Luca
Luca tells the story of a young sea monster, Luca Paguro, who is fascinated with humans, but has never met one due to the horror stories his fearful parents have raised him on.
One summer he befriends another sea monster, Alberto Scorfano, who is quite the opposite – he spends most of his time living on the land amongst humans, even though they whisper legends about scary sea monsters in their waters.
Despite being polar opposites, the 2 hit it off and are determined to have the best summer ever, eventually befriending a local girl, Giulia Marcovaldo, who doesn’t know their secret.
As you can imagine, this whimsical story delivers some funny gems that Disney and Pixar fans are bound to quote for generations to come.
Don’t apologize! She can sense weakness. – Lorenzo Parguro (aka Luca’s dad), referring to one of his prize-winning show crabs
…if they catch even a glimpse of you! You think they come around to meet new friends, huh? Make small talk? No, they’re here to do murders! – Daniela Parguro (aka Luca’s mom)
When I was a kid, we’d go weeks without seeing a boat. And let me tell you – they did not have motors. Just a sweaty land monster with a paddle. – Daniela
Whoa! Don’t look at it. Just kidding. Definitely look at it. – Alberto to Luca, about the sun
How big was that dad human!? – Alberto, referring to Massimo Marcovaldo (Giulia’s dad)
Hey! My friend smells amazing! – Alberto
Mother of pearl! – Luca
Something’s fishy with you two. – Ercolé to the boys, who has no idea are sea monsters
What’s under the dogs? – Alberto to Giulia
It’s just the greatest thing that humans ever made, the Vespa! – Alberto
Yeah, that’s called phantom tail. You’ll get used to it. – Alberto
Luca quotes in Italian
Luca takes place in a fictional seaside Italian town called Portorosso. Although fictional, it is modeled after Genoa, a real town in the Italian riviera and where the film’s director, Enrico Casarosa, grew up.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Luca featuring Italian words or phrases, along with their English translations.
Benissimo! – Giulia
Buongiorno! – Luca
Per mille sardine! – Ercolé
Mannaggia! – Policewoman
Scopa! – Man playing cards
Wait your turn, piccoletto! – Ercolé
Andiamo! (Italian for Let’s go! – Alberto
La mia bambina! – My baby girl! – Ercolé
Ciao, Belle. or Hello, beautiful lady. – Ercolé
…he smells like behind the pescheria. – Ercolé
Oh, piccolina, if there is so much as a scratch… – Ercolé
Sì, certo! Your reign of terror is coming to an end! – Guilia
Buonanotte, boys! – Giulia wishes the boys “Good Night.”
Benvenuta a Portorosso – Ercolé says Welcome to Portorosso.
Buongiorno a tutti! – Ercolé Visconte wishes the townspeople a Good morning!
You can’t swim. You can barely ride a bike! Siete un disastro! I mean, where are you even from? – Giulia
Listen piccoletto. I eat kids like you for breakfast. I dunk them in my cioccolata and yum, finiti! – Ercolé
What’s wrong with you, stupido! – This exclamation from a random fisherman in the movie translates to “What’s wrong with you, stupid!”
Silenzio, Bruno! – In perhaps the most well-known quote of the movie, Alberto teaches Luca how to conquer his fears, who he personifies as Bruno. Silenzio means silent.Disney & Pixar’s Luca (2021)
Lastly, many of you are wondering, what does Alberto say to Luca in the ending scene?
Alberto says to Luca, as Luca boards the train, “Piacere, Giralamo Trombetta.“
Well, basically it means nice to meet you. It’s slang from Enrico Casarosa’s (the movie’s director) childhood growing up in Italy.
Italian expressions for ‘Oh my goodness’
How many different ways can you say Oh my goodness!?
As we learn in Luca, there are quite a few ways you can express exasperation or shock – perhaps most often with cheese!
Santa ricotta! – Giulia
Porca paletta! – Ercolé
Santo pecorino! – Giulia
Oh mamma mia! – Ercolé
Santa mozzarella! – Giulia
More Luca quotes
But that’s not all!
Before we go, here are some more great Luca quotes to remember this fun story by.
I’m kind of an expert! – Alberto
Rules are for rule people. – Alberto
Go start a club – for losers! – Ercolé
Champion coming through! – Ercolé
The curious fish gets caught! – Daniela
Someone got lucky today, hmm? – Ercolé
You and me? We can do anything. – Alberto
See? You just gotta follow my lead. – Alberto
We’re going to catch a sea monster! – Ercolé
What do you think he kills with those? – Alberto
Everything good is above the surface! – Alberto
Your life is so much cooler than mine. – Luca to Giulia
Have you ever gone to the human town? – Luca to Alberto
I never go anywhere. I just dream about it. – Luca to Alberto
I know your problem. You’ve got a Bruno in your head! – Alberto
You know, we underdogs have to look out for each other. – Giulia to the boys
Ah, sleeping under the fish…Now I get it! – Giulia when she learns the boys’ secret
There’s a million things you think you can’t do. All you need is a chance to try. – Giulia
We can go anywhere, do anything. We just gotta stick together. – Luca to Alberto
Alberto: First time?
Luca: Of course it is! I’m a good kid!
Alberto: Wow, you really are crazy!
Luca: Learned it from you!
Vespa is freedom! – Luca, who becomes obsessed with a red Vespa scooter almost as soon as he sees one for the first time.
They’re not sea monsters. They’re Luca and Alberto. – Massimo, who has held disdain for sea monsters his whole life, when he finds out the boys’ secret.
This is gonna be the best summer ever! We’ll ride down every road. See the world together! It’ll be amazing. But there’s just one thing no one can find out… – Luca to Alberto
Too much oxygen up here. Not like the deep, as you’ll learn… Sure there’s no sunlight but there’s nothing to see anyway. Also, it’s just you and your thoughts and all the whale carcass you can eat. Little bits of it just float into your mouth. You can’t stop it. You can’t see it, so … – Uncle Ugo
What are some of your favorite scenes and sayings?
Luca is a true Pixar classic and its many remarkable quotes have captivated the hearts of viewers.
From heartfelt moments between Luca and Alberto to the witty words uttered by Giulia, each line delivers us a message worth contemplating and remembering.
These lines have provoked thought, excitement, joy, sad tears – a plethora of emotions that will change the feel of any room they are spoken in.
As Luca fans, I think it’s only right that we embrace these beautiful scenes and live from each quote’s wisdom.
So next time you’re feeling downtrodden or need some inspiration to follow through with your aspirations, take out your well-loved copy of Luca (or stream it on Disney+!) and find solace in its many quaint memories.
Now it’s over to you – what are your all-time favorite quotes from this amazing movie? Share them in the comments below!
Next up, check out more of my favorite Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars quotes:
About the author
Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.
She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.
This post was originally published June 24, 2022. It was last updated October 11, 2023.