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Cameos, in-jokes, re-used animation, deleted scenes, and other trivia for Luca.
- Three clouds in Luca and Alberto's Vespa fantasies are positioned in a Mickey Mouse-like formation.
- Several vehicles around Portorosso were repurposed from Cars 2, most notably the Piaggio Ape. A teal Fiat 500 also appears when Luca and Alberto first enter the city.
- Director Enrico Casarosa voices a man playing cards and the fisherman who shouts "What's wrong with you, stúpido?"
- Pots and pans from Gusteau's and Carl Fredricksen's coffee grinder appear in the Marcovaldos' kitchen.
- A Donald Duck plush toy can be seen near Giulia's bed.
- A record by 4 Town (Mei Lee's favorite boyband from Turning Red) appears under the phonograph in Giulia's bedroom, dubbed in Italian as "4 Villagi."
- The Luxo Ball briefly appears on a rooftop after Luca begins the bicycle portion of the race.
- Ercole and Giulia speed past a Piaggio Ape resembling the Pizza Planet Truck.
- Giulia boards a train coach numbered "1200PA", a reference to Pixar's street address: 1200 Park Avenue.
- The train's locomotive is numbered "94608," the ZIP code for Emeryville, California.
- Luca's train ticket is numbered A113.
- Mrs. Marsigliese's name is a reference to the movie's character art director, Deanna Marsigliese.
- Like Soul, Luca premiered exclusively on Disney+ at no extra cost. The film was originally slated for a theatrical release alongside the service's "Premiere Access" feature.
- John Ratzenberger does not appear in the film. Although Soul was the first not to feature his voice (instead featuring a background character bearing his likeness), this is the first instance where Ratzenberger is completely absent.
- Most of the film was produced remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the "Produced at Pixar Animation Studios" end credit was rewritten as "Dreamed up at Pixar Animation Studios - Emeryville, California. Produced in our slippers around the Bay Area."
- According to the director, the film takes place in about 1959.
- In line with the film's mid-1950s setting, a building near the Portorosso fountain features posters for Roman Holiday (1953) and Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).
- The film will celebrate Pixar's 35th anniversary.