In Skydance’s first animated feature, “Luck,” there’s a sense of good fortune. There’s a shadow lurking in the wings amid the sunniness of a film about a jinxed orphan who discovers how to prosper. In 2018, Disney announced it was getting rid of Pixar founder John Lasseter due to the MeToo movement.
According to “Luck”, Skydance chief David Ellison didn’t let rumors of Lasseter’s disrespectful behavior prevent him from hiring the former head of Disney Animation despite an avalanche of criticism. Lasseter promised to transform Skydance Animation into a Pixar-like powerhouse, regardless of moral complexities.
Having said that, Ellison has gotten his wish because “Luck” has everything Pixar offers in terms of quality and class. As part of the impressive voice talent in the film, Pixar regular John Ratzenberger is also featured. Jane Fonda lends her unmistakable pipes to a key role in the film, is that true? Yikes! Has up suddenly turned into down? Yes, in a sense.
There’s also a central theme to a movie set on Luck’s magical island where the upper echelons belong to the winners, and the lower levels to the losers, with the “In Between” in between. Peggy Holmes and Kiel Murray, both Pixar refugees, apply vibrant colors to a variety of Rube Goldberg gizmos and magical characters ranging from leprechauns and dragons to unicorns and hazmat rabbits in “Luck.”
Luck operates much like a military operation: Everyone has a particular task to carry out, and they must adhere to the strict regulations set forth by Babe, the fire-breathing dragon portrayed by Fonda.
In an attempt to avoid human invasion, she demands Luck run like clockwork, which it does until a human accidentally enters the fortress via a magical portal opened by Bob, a panini-loving black cat.’ Sam is an 18-year-old persistently bumbling orphan freshly emancipated from the orphanage where she once lived.
Sam encounters disaster after disaster in her new life in a hilarious opening montage – until she meets Bob. Her eyes are drawn to his lingering stance on the sidewalk as he looks hungry. Her life is immediately transformed when he leaves her a lucky penny after enjoying the sandwich she sets out for him.
But only for a brief period. During her first day at her new job in a floral shop, she accidentally flushes a copper coin down the toilet. There is only one way to retrieve it, and that is through Bob. To find the cat, she must first find one who doesn’t want to be found.
Upon spotting him, a very funny chase ensues, ending with them both falling into the portal to Luck, the place where fortune and misfortune are manufactured simultaneously and shipped to unsuspecting individuals. It’s a wondrous land where mechanical pods whisk their inhabitants to and fro on a towering cityscape.
They need not worry about where they are going as an air thick with good fortune ensures their safety. Sam and Bob get deeper and deeper into the depths of Luck as fate takes them farther and farther down. Unfortunately, the deeper they go, the more poop jokes the film makes, most of which are dumb, if not gross.
As Sam discovers in the thrilling finale, “Luck” temporarily loses its distinctive Pixar vibe before regaining it with its thrilling ending. The sentiment is sweet, if not a little trite. Despite the story, the animation and multitude of interesting characters, ranging from Bob, Babe, and Sam, to Bob’s by-the-book supervisor.
The Captain; Gerry, Bob’s leprechaun assistant, and Jeff, the English-speaking unicorn who produces “bad luck” when he’s not pining for Babe, always take the spotlight. As a whole, “Luck” is a blast, and it’s sure to be a hit, especially with the young ones, when it premieres on Apple TV+ on August 5. You’re likely to love it as well as your parents.
But if they are like me, they may feel a bit squeamish knowing Lasseter was responsible for the project. As if by magic, he was blessed with a newfound charm four years ago. However, it is his responsibility to keep this newfound charm from disappearing again.
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