Ciao Alberto

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Ciao Alberto
Ciao Alberto poster.png
Official release poster
Directed byMcKenna Jean Harris
Screenplay byMcKenna Jean Harris
Story by
Produced byMatt DeMartini
StarringJack Dylan Grazer
  • David Juan Bianchi
  • Adam Schnitzer
Edited byJennifer Jew
Music byDan Romer
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 12, 2021 (2021-11-12)
Running time
8 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Ciao Alberto is a 2021 American computer-animated short film written and directed by McKenna Jean Harris, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Set after the events of the 2021 Pixar film Luca, the short was released on November 12, 2021, on Disney+.


After receiving a new letter from Luca about how life at school in Genoa is, Alberto writes back about how he has become a good "employee" to Massimo and has been helping him with fish deliveries. Despite his enthusiasm, Massimo barely talks to him personally except to warn him against being in their fishing boat without his supervision. It quickly becomes apparent that Alberto is seeking approval from Massimo, but is concerned about being "fired" for some of his mistakes.

Alberto tries to deliver caught fish efficiently, but keeps tossing them to the wrong people.

He tries to cook lunch for Massimo, but makes a mess of the whole kitchen. While Massimo tries to converse with a customer, Alberto tries to lift a whole barrel of fish, only to be pressured by the weight. Massimo rushes to save him, but ends up falling into the water with the barrel, losing their day's catch.

Alberto sneaks out at night to catch more fish, but is followed by Machiavelli to the boat. After getting frightened by him, he drops his lantern and realizes that he accidentally set the boat on fire. They escape just as Massimo comes out to see the damage. He does not utter a word.

Upset by his inability to impress Massimo, Alberto packs up his things to leave, but Massimo rushes out to stop him, admitting that it was a mistake. As Alberto tells him to leave him alone, he accidentally calls him "dad", which shocks both of them. Massimo reveals that he once made his father so angry that he punched through a brick wall, but that they made up by patching it up together.

The next day, Massimo and Alberto, now communicating a lot better, work on fixing the boat as they finally share stories with each other.

Voice cast

  • Jack Dylan Grazer as Alberto Scorfano, Massimo's adopted son and Luca's best friend
  • Marco Barricelli as Massimo Marcovaldo, Alberto's adopted father
  • Jacob Tremblay as Luca Paguro, Alberto's best friend
  • Gino La Monica
  • Arturo Sorino


Ciao Alberto was directed by McKenna Jean Harris and produced by Matt DeMartini with Enrico Casarosa as an executive producer.[2][3]


Dan Romer, who composed the music for the Pixar film Luca, composed the music for Ciao Alberto. The score was released on November 12, 2021.[4]

Ciao Alberto (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by
ReleasedNovember 12, 2021 (2021-11-12)
GenreFilm score

Track listing

All music is composed by Dan Romer.

1."Dear Luca"1:25
2."Lunch Is on Me"0:51
3."I'll Make Him Proud"0:46
4."You Don't Even Talk to Me"0:49
5."Tell Me Everything"0:45
6."Ciao Alberto"0:50
Total length:5:26


Ciao Alberto was released on November 12, 2021, as a Disney+ exclusive short film.[5][6]

Critical response

Stephanie Morgan, of Common Sense Media, gave the short a 4 out of 5, saying "the world could use more stories like this, that emphasize healthy communication in an age-appropriate way".[7]


  1. ^ "Ciao Alberto". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  2. ^ Casarosa, Enrico [@sketchcrawl] (September 21, 2021). "That's right! Kenna directed this beautiful short! Sooooo cooool! Can't wait for you all to see it! Congrats Kennaaaa! And to Matt DeMartini produced! 👍👍👍😊" (Tweet). Archived from the original on October 9, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Casarosa, Enrico [@sketchcrawl] (September 21, 2021). "I executive produced …" (Tweet). Archived from the original on October 9, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Ciao Alberto Soundtrack". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  5. ^ IndieWire [@IndieWire] (September 21, 2021). "Pixar's new animated short film #CiaoAlberto features characters from "Luca," and premieres on Disney+ on November 12." (Tweet). Archived from the original on September 22, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Novaro, Brandon (November 7, 2021). "'Luca' Sequel Short 'Ciao Alberto' Trailer Brings Us Back to the Italian Riviera". MovieWeb. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  7. ^ Morgan, Stephanie (January 6, 2022). "Ciao Alberto Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved April 15, 2022.

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