For an Apple TV+ animated movie about a girl and the powers of good and bad luck, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes drama surrounding Luck. It all starts with the hiring of former Pixar exec and Toy Story director John Lasseter. After sexual harrassment allegations forced him out, he signed a controversial deal with Skydance Animation to develop movies, and that led to the exit of Paramount as a partner on Luck, as well as the departure of Emma Thompson from a voice role. And honestly, that’s just the start.
The film centers on Sam, a young girl who considers herself the unluckiest person in the world. When she discovers the actual Land of Luck, she must join with other magical creatures to defeat a force more powerful than luck and finall turn her luck from bad to good.
Directing is Peggy Holmes, known for the straight-to-DVD Tinker Bell movies. Holmes is a replacement for director Alessandro Carloni, who left over creative differences in 2020. Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Flula Borg, Lil Rel Howery, Colin O’Donoghue, John Ratzenberger, and Adelynn Spoon lead the voice cast.
Luck hits Apple TV+ on August 5th, and hopefully it can overcome all of the negative stuff that has led up to its release.