“Luck,” which is a 3D animated comedy film, is now available on Apple TV+. It is produced by Skydance Animation, headed by the animation guru John Lasseter. This is the first movie that John Lasseter has produced as the head of animation at Skydance Animation. “Luck” is directed by Peggy Holmes, who has also directed “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning,” a direct-to-video film for the Disneytoons under the leadership of John Lasseter at Disney/Pixar. Lasseter is regarded as one of the best animation filmmakers in history, with movies such as “Cars,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story.”
The newly released “Luck” is based on an original idea by Juan De Dios, Julian Romero, and Rebeca Carrasco, and it’s written by Keil Murray. While getting ready to direct “Luck,” Peggy Holmes met with orphan children in 2020 to prepare for her directing the animated movie. The main character in “Luck,” Sam, is shown to be an unlucky orphan. Peggy Holmes met with the orphan children to develop a better understanding of Sam’s character. Holmes was deeply impressed by the optimism, kindness, and never-give-up spirit of the orphans, and she used these character traits for Sam. These children have endured serious misfortune in their lives, and John Lasseter and Peggy Holmes decided to celebrate that courage through “Luck.”
The story of “Luck” starts when the main character, an orphan, Sam Greenfield, voiced by Eva Noblezada, settles into her new apartment after starting her new job. Sam is shown as the unluckiest person in the world, that is until she stumbles upon a penny that changes her fortune. Sam is joined by the enigmatic black cat, played by Simon Pegg, who shows her the way to the Land of Luck, a place in which both good and bad luck are created.
John Lasseter has once again demonstrated why he was the best choice to lead Skydance Animation through the outstanding creativity and skills he has shown through “Luck.” The “Luck” universe is extremely detailed and the animation in the film is visually appealing, with stunning locations like “Computer Keeps Crashing” on the Bad Luck side, or R&D for “Happy Accidents” on the Good Luck side. Some well-known Hollywood stars have lent their voices to “Luck,” including Whoopi Goldberg as a manager of leprechauns and Jane Fonda’s voice as the CEO of Good Luck.
The bureaucrats in charge of dispersing great luck are cats, bunnies, pigs, and leprechauns. Sam’s presence in such a location is a surefire recipe for turmoil. Audiences are expected to laugh out loud at Bob and his leprechaun aide Gerry’s, played by Colin O’Donoghue, attempts to stop Sam’s bad luck. Sam’s “Latvian leprechaun” costume will make everyone chuckle. The same goes for the ridiculous justification as to why she is significantly larger than everyone else.
The more sensitive issues in “Luck” are skillfully handled. The story has a melancholy tone at the start because of Sam’s lonely upbringing and her frantic attempts to transform her younger friend Hazel. But as the movie progresses, it brings joy and happiness. The movie reminds us to value our relationships with loved ones. In addition, finding a “forever home” should not be dependent on luck or chance. A fantastic dance performance by a group of bunnies and wonderful music are also included in the film. Overall, the movie is peppy, lively, and fascinating.
For Lasseter, “Luck” has a crucial role in articulating his studio’s ideas to the animation industry, regardless of whether the films go on to win major awards or not. Skydance Animation is also keen on recruiting talented employees due to the high demand for product development for streaming platforms.
The movie’s overarching message is to encourage people to accept life’s unpredictability and that bad luck is part of life, and it can be beneficial as it can lead you to a better path in life. John Lasseter, the brilliant animator, and storyteller is all set to bring good luck to Skydance through this movie. He has brought his extraordinary talent to “Luck.” This movie has all the ingredients to be a major success and help further reinforce the position of Skydance Animation as one of the leaders in the industry. “Luck” can be watched in theaters or through an Apple TV+ subscription.