“Luck” is the first feature-length film produced by Skydance Animation under John Lasseter, the new head of animation for the company. Lasseter came to Skydance from Pixar, and “Luck” contains the same visual style that popularized many of the films produced by Pixar during his tenure there. With his new role at Skydance, he is providing moviegoers with the opportunity for more quality animation and great stories to enjoy.
What is “Luck” really about?
The premise of “Luck” revolves around a lonely orphan named Sam who seems to have bad luck all the time. Everywhere she goes, things go wrong. But she has a chance encounter with Bob, who is a magical cat. That encounter leads her on a journey into the mystical Land of Luck, where the two have to work together. They’re looking for a lucky penny and a way that they can turn around both of their fortunes for the future.
When Sam and her bad luck come to the Land of Luck, she throws off the balance in hilarious ways. Just like a coin, there are two sides to the Land. John Lasseter and his team worked hard to create a lucky side where everything went right and an unlucky side where everything went wrong. But with Sam in the mix, things don’t work the same way they used to. That means the lucky side sees problems that have to be fixed, and important lessons are learned by all.
Who got involved in this project?
Sam is voiced by Eva Noblezada, while Bob is voiced by Simon Pegg. “Luck” was released on August 5, 2022. Jane Fonda and Whoopi Goldberg also had a hand in the movie, along with director Peggy Holmes. Made entirely over Zoom, the movie was a challenge to create because the entire team wasn’t right near one another in the same room where they could brainstorm and show the ideas they were creating.
The lockdown had some big effects
Describing scenes, emotions and ideas had to be done virtually, and the head animators of the story would be sketching while the director and others were explaining. Then they would hold the sketch up to the camera to see if it was what the writers wanted to convey. The lockdowns caused by COVID, along with some adjustments to the voice actors and production plans, put a damper on the project for a while. But Lasseter and the team were determined to make the movie work.
John Lasseter made “Luck” easy to watch
Watching “Luck” is easy and convenient, as the movie is streaming on Apple TV+. That means families and children can watch it nearly anywhere, on all types of devices. Unlike movies that head to the big screen and might not be as accessible, “Luck” can be seen by a wider audience because of its availability. Lasseter knows the value of making sure kids can see movies that show them joy, hope, and great life lessons, and he is proud to be part of bringing this movie to the world.
People like “Luck” and the story it tells
Reviews of the movie praise its visual effects and many funny lines and adventures. It’s a great way to keep children entertained and interested in what’s going to happen to Sam and Bob in the end. During her time in the Land of Luck, Sam learns a lot about how things work, what brings luck to life, and how bad luck might be a good thing, sometimes. It’s a tale worth telling and one that will provide value for children and adults alike.
Many of the best-animated movies take a magical element and mix it with real-life issues and concerns. Because Sam is an orphan who aged out of the system, she never really had a family of her own. Showcasing how that mixes with her bad luck and how much she wants good luck for the people she cares about helps to tie in all the factors of this high-quality movie. The animation is extremely well done, especially for something that was created via a lot of Zoom meetings.
In the end, the Land of Luck is likely better off for having experienced Sam, and Sam gets to help Hazel, another orphan she’s watching out for. Bob is safe again as well, and the film wraps up nicely as a good reminder that luck can change and all children need a home where people care for them.