In a well-received Annecy 2022 work-in-progress presentation led by director Peggy Holmes, along with key members of the animation team, Skydance Animation shared insights and a great selection of preview images from the highly anticipated first CG animated feature film. study. , Luck.
Launching Friday, August 5 on Apple TV+, Luck follows 18-year-old Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada), who, despite her big bag of bad luck, is determined to help her friend Hazel (Adelynn Spoon) find the forever home Sam never found. So when Sam finds, and then loses, a lucky penny that leads her to an enigmatic talking black cat named Bob (Simon Pegg), Sam pursues the feline alone to wander the never-before-seen Land of Luck, a beautiful and extraordinary place where luck is made, inhabited by all kinds of magical creatures.
Produced by Apple Original Films and featuring an all-star voice cast including Whoopi Goldberg and Jane Fonda, Skydance’s Luck, according to Holmes, despite its title, is a love story. But we got sidetracked.
When the famed Emmy Award-winning choreographer and filmmaker was asked to direct Skydance Animation’s first feature film, there were two things that convinced her when examining what had already been proposed for the film.
“There were two things that were already part of the project: One was the idea that Sam, our main character, is someone who grew up in foster care,” he explains. “Another thing was that there was a goblin!” Holmes, also known for directing secret of the wings, the pirate fairy, Y The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s BeginningHe continues: “I’m Irish. Irish party. But the goblin… I just saw this idea right away. The first week I was on it, I saw the idea of taking this notion of the goblin and expanding it in a big way into a magical world.”
But it was Sam’s family aspect, or lack thereof, that drew Holmes to the film more than the luck of the Irish. “I come from a very large family,” he notes. “Family is the most important thing in my life. So, I could already feel and see this potential of having this wonderful and emotional story of a girl, the unluckiest girl in the world, a girl with no family, who finally finds her forever family. That’s really the heart of the story.”
“The way we looked at real bad luck in history was this idea that, ‘You know what? Bad luck isn’t all bad, because when I look back, this moment of bad luck led to the best good luck I’ve ever had,” Holmes shares. “And in Sam’s case, it’s love. He led her to love.”
With original script by Kiel Murray (cars, cars 3) and Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger (kung fu panda 2, trolls), produced by John Lasseter, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and David Eisenmann, and edited by William (Bill) J. Caparella (Treasure Planet, Kung Fu Panda), Holmes assembled his team with the intention of creating a film that would entertain and inspire.
And entertain and inspire it does. Holmes’s background in choreography meant that much of Sam’s stumbling and fumbling as he jumped from one unfortunate moment to another had the palpable, entertaining energy of dance.
“[In making this film] you have the artists, the story artists and the animators who have these amazing ideas,” she says. “So when you start putting those things together and then working with Bill, our editor, you take it to where he really feels like a dance number.”
Much of LuckThe story of is not only told through its animation and dialogue, but also through character action and physical comedy – a perfect fit with Holmes’ knowledge of dancing.
“I grew up watching Variety Television,” he reveals. “I saw Lucille Ball, I saw Carol Burnett, I saw Donald O’Connor, I saw Buster Keaton, I saw Charlie Chaplin. I love those guys. At Skydance, we’re all about investigation, so when we sat down and decided that Sam is alone in the world and the story is about finding her family, we held hands and said, ‘Okay. We’re going to learn about her through silence, through her physical life, through her physical comedy.’”
She continues: “So we went back to the greats, we saw a lot of their movies, we saw a lot of their set pieces, and we dissected and analyzed the stillness that they do, it’s actually what makes things fun. So we were actually all holding hands saying, ‘Let’s go for this physical comedy on this very contemporary girl.'”
According to Luck Producer and CEO of Skydance Media, Ellison, Skydance Animation, best known for his recent animated short film. Blush – was formed five years ago with the goal of “delivering timeless films to global audiences of all ages”, and the team believes they have achieved this with Luck.
“Since this is the first feature film from Skydance Animation that we’re sharing with the world, we wanted it to be really entertaining,” says Holmes. “We wanted it to celebrate animation and all the things that are very, very special to the animation process in storytelling. And we wanted people to know what Skydance is all about. For Kiel and myself, the most difficult and important task for us was to honor the authenticity of that story and to be able to tell it in a positive and inspiring way.”
Victoria Davis is a full-time freelance journalist and part-time otaku with an affinity for all things anime. She has reported on numerous stories, from activist news to entertainment. Find out more about her work at victoriadavisdepiction.com.