Remember the 2007 movie The Bucket List, where elderly Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman hit the road and fulfilled their wish lists before dying? That film was a huge hit, but would the same premise work if applied to a…talking lizard? Well, we’re going to find out with the animated film, Leo, featuring Adam Sandler as the aging pet.
As I said when Netflix dropped the teaser a couple of months ago, I really love this premise. Sandler voices the titular 74-year-old lizard, who has spent his entire life in a classroom terrarium. But now, believing that he only has a short time left to live, Leo escapes with a plan to see the outside world.
It’s just a really fun idea, and based on the new trailer looks to be full of crazy hijinks, soul searching, and more, as Leo spreads the wisdom that he’s learned from decades of watching students grow up and move on.
The film reunites Sandler with co-writer/co-director Robert Smigel aka Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who he’s worked with previously on You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, The Week Of, and the Hotel Transylvania movies.
Sandler makes this one a family affair with Sadie Sandler, Sunny Sandler, and Jackie Sandler lending their voices along with Bill Burr, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, Rob Schneider, Heidi Gardner, Nick Swardson, Nicholas Turturro, Robert Smigel, Jo Koy, and Stephanie Hsu.
Leo hits Netflix on November 21st.