La Luna Independence

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“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” This quote from Jalaluddin Rumi amplifies the feelings all people have as children. The question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ encourages both creativity and independence in people from a young age. The traits creativity and autonomy are also seen in the Pixar short, “La Luna.” In the film, a young boy struggles with following family tradition or unearthing his own independence. Because individuality is so prized in “La Luna,” director Enrico Casarosa demonstrates through the boy’s actions that the most significant factor of creativity is independence. Because of the mettle the boy displays through his autonomous actions, the idea that independence …show more content…
The grandfather and father’s postures are intimidating, almost demanding, ordering that the boy follow them. They’re seeking to lead him into their trade. The hat initiates the boy into the family business, and everyone needs a little guidance. Their business is one that has thrived throughout at least three generations, showing that strong leadership is a factor in building a successful enterprise. The fact that the light is to the side, shrouded by the grandfather shows that leadership must come before creativity. They support him as he goes up and out into the sky and onto the territory of the moon. The boy’s excited tone shows that he is enthusiastic to become part of this new tradition, excited to follow in the footsteps of his family. One of the qualities of a good leader is careful guidance, and supportive introductions. The men show him the tools of the trade, their brooms, the best way to get the job done, offering that he try each to see which suits him better. While the stars around are all light, the bucket is still dark, as is the hand reaching out, blocking the creativity. The boy is still wearing his hat similarly to his relatives here, and that in itself is another barrier of creativity. When he removes the hat a few seconds later, he positions it in his own style, that is when he tackles the challenge of the large star above. Leadership is what is preventing the hat switch. The aggressive nature of the hand discourages the boy, but his independence and autonomy prevails. When the men are cleaning up the stars once the boy breaks up the large star, the two older men are pushing them away, pushing away the light, the creativity, the independence. They’re dependent on each other. The boy is pulling the light and creativity towards him, motivated by his individuality and independence. If these older men