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More Than 50 Disney & Pixar’s Luca Quotes to Cherish

As Pixar movies typically go, 2021’s Luca is a coming-of-age story, an ode to Summer, and lessons about being different and friendship all wrapped into one.

Let’s take a trip down Disney and Pixar memory lane with some of the best Luca quotes.

Funny quotes from Pixar’s Luca

Promotional still from Disney & Pixar's Luca featuring Giulia, Alberto & Luca having a pasta dinner.
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Luca tells the story of a young sea monster 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, 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, 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.


Promotional poster for Disney & Pixar's Luca with various characters featured.
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Don’t apologize! She can sense weakness. – Lorenzo (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 (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 (Giulia’s dad)

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

Luca quotes in Italian

Promotional still from Disney & Pixar's Luca featuring the fictional town of Portorosso.
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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.


What’s wrong with you, stupido! – This exclamation from a random fisherman in the movie translates to “What’s wrong with you, stupid!” 

Scopa! – Man playing cards

Mannaggia! – Policewoman

Buongiorno! – Luca

Buongiorno a tutti! – Villain in sheep’s clothing Ercolé wishes the townspeople Good morning!.

Ciao, Belle. – Hello, beautiful lady, Ercolé flirts.

La mia bambina! – My baby girl! – Ercolé

Benvenuta a Portorosso – Ercolé says Welcome to Portorosso.

Per mille sardine! – Ercolé

…he smells like behind the pescheria. – Ercolé

Oh, piccolina, if there is so much as a scratch… – Ercolé

Listen piccoletto. I eat kids like you for breakfast. I dunk them in my cioccolata and yum, finiti!  – Ercolé

Wait your turn, piccoletto! – Ercolé

Andiamo! (Italian for Let’s go! – Alberto

Benissimo! – Giulia

Sì, certo! Your reign of terror is coming to an end!

You can’t swim. You can barely ride a bike! Siete un disastro! I mean, where are you even from?

Buonanotte, boys! – Giulia wishes the boys “Good Night.”

Promotional still from Disney & Pixar's Luca featuring Alberto & Luca admiring their home-built Vespa-like scooter.
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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)

Italian expressions

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!


Oh mamma mia! – Ercolé

Porca paletta! – Ercolé

Santa mozzarella! – Giulia

Santo pecorino! – Giulia

Santa ricotta! – Giulia

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. See the tweet below for confirmation.

Quotes from the main characters in Luca

Everything good is above the surface! – Alberto

Rules are for rule people. – Alberto

You and me? We can do anything. – Alberto

I know your problem. You’ve got a Bruno in your head. – Alberto

I’m kind of an expert! – Alberto

What do you think he kills with those? – Alberto

See? You just gotta follow my lead. – Alberto

There’s a million things you think you can’t do. All you need is a chance to try. – Giulia

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

I never go anywhere. I just dream about it. – Luca to Alberto

We can go anywhere, do anything. We just gotta stick together. – Luca to Alberto

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

Have you ever gone to the human town? – Luca to Alberto

Your life is so much cooler than mine. – Luca to Giulia

Vespa is freedom! – Luca, who becomes obsessed with a red Vespa scooter almost as soon as he sees one for the first time.

Alberto: First time? / Luca: Of course it is! I’m a good kid!

Alberto: Wow, you really are crazy! / Luca: Learned it from you!

Even more Luca quotes

Promotional still from Disney & Pixar's Luca featuring Alberto & Luca eating cones of gelato.
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But that’s not all! Before we go, here are some more great Luca quotes to remember this fun story by.


The curious fish gets caught! – Daniela

Someone got lucky today, hmm? – Ercolé

Go start a club – for losers! – Ercolé

We’re going to catch a sea monster! – Ercolé

Champion coming through! – Ercolé

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.

What are some of your favorite scenes and sayings?

Drop your favorite one-liners or scenes from Disney and Pixar’s Luca in the comments below.

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And don’t forget, you can stream Disney and Pixar’s Luca on Disney+.

This post was originally published June 24, 2022. It was last updated November 30, 2022.

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