This is a delightful coming-of-age animation movie from the Pixar people, set in a fictional Ligurian idyll in the late 1950s/early 1960s.

It's a heartwarming story about friendship, stepping out of your comfort zone and two teenage sea monsters who experience a life-changing summer.

The eponymous Luca is a young sea monster who, he discovers, takes on a human form when on dry land. Along with his new sea monster friend, Alberto, he discovers the joys of gelato, pasta and scooters as they make pals with the local kids.

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Having fun and enjoying life, the last thing they need is for someone to discover their secret . . .

The problem for them is that they have to stay dry. If any part of their skin gets wet, they start to turn back into their true form - and sea monsters are treated with extreme prejudice by the locals, who like nothing better than a tasty seafood linguine.

As well as being great fun for kids, Luca will have adults yearning for this version of Italy, which is like an animated Elena Ferrante fish-out-of-water tale.

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Director Enrico Caaarosa spent his childhood in Genoa, and it shows.

Luca captures that spirit of summer that only seems to happen when you're young - whether it’s in Italy or elsewhere, the experiences are pretty universal.

Okay, Luca isn’t quite up there with Pixar’s greatest, such as the original Toy Story trilogy and Up, but it’s tremendous fun, effortlessly ageless and nostalgic, and a visual delight.

It’s a little gem.

Luca is available on Disney+ from June 18