Disneyesque story about Luca who is an elementary boy with Autism.
Luca finally feels like he can fit in. Each student in his class has been offered a package of Triop eggs that they can raise at home. The children in the classroom have initiated a private competition to see who can raise the most Triops. Luca is sure he’ll win. However, days and days go by with the daily death of another Triop until he is left with one. His father assures him it will make it. Saturday morning comes and Luca awakens…again…with excitement to see his creature growing. It is dead. Crestfallen, Luca walks to the garden to have a proper burial. Days go by and the kids in the classroom are all boasting of their success. One very early morning Luca is awakened to a noise coming from his window. He looks outside. Nothing. He tries to go back to sleep. There is it is again. He looks out his window. Rubs his eyes. He can’t quite make it out. Something is moving. He runs down the stairs and creeps quietly out the door. There…in the middle of his garden…is some sort of tiny prehistoric…animal? Is it a bird? A dog? A cat?
Luca hides the animal in his closet, guarding it from his family and the world.
Meanwhile, in the Factory for Scientific Children’s Experiments, two scientists are arguing. It appears, while working on a secret experiment with DNA from an extinct prehistoric animal, one of the scientists has inadvertently lost his test subject in a container of Triop eggs sent to the local toy store.
A mad race to find the box with the multimillion dollar discovery begins all the while no one at Luca’s school believes he has made a discovery. Who is going to believe the “weird kid”? Even Luca’s dad doesn’t really understand…until…one day…like the Big Red Dog…the “pet” begins to outgrow his home.
This is a film with elements of Flubber and E.T. all mixed together.