The animated movie luck, which began broadcasting on AppleTV last month, is about Samantha Greenfield, or Sam (voiced by Eva Noblezada), a girl who grew up in an orphanage, The Coleman House. Unfortunately, Sam has not been nurtured or accepted by a family forever.
Sam always has bad luck. When she turns 18, she has to leave the orphanage to live on her own, but she is not ready to do so. Hazel, (Adelynn Spoon), a young orphan Sam was close to, often wishes that Sam finds a lucky penny because it brings good luck.
On the first day in her own apartment, Sam wakes up late, gets locked in her bathroom, toasters don’t work, and everything goes wrong from the time she leaves the house, all the way to her workplace.
After work, she visits Hazel to learn that her adoptive parents have never attended. Sam knows it’s hard to find families, especially for older kids.
While still suffering from misfortune, Sam shares a piece of bread with a hungry black cat on the street, and talks to the cat about her own problems. After a while, the cat ran away, but Sam found one lucky shark on the ground, and her luck changed almost instantly.
One day, Sam loses a penny after it is accidentally flushed down the toilet. A desperate Sam returns to the same place to find another penny to give to Hazel, to give her some luck as she’s supposed to meet a new group of would-be parents.
Instead of money, I found the same cat looking for something. I realized that the coin had fallen off the cat’s collar.
She chases after Sam because she wants another lucky shark, follows the black cat to a portal and accidentally arrives at the Land of Fortune, where good luck and bad luck are crafted.
Looking for a black cat named Bob (Simon Pegg). The Cat needs the Travel Coin to get into the Land of Fortune, but Sam wants it for Hazel, so they make a deal to get a coin.
Disguised as “the tallest genie from Latvia”, Sam sneaks into Earth, where she meets a whole host of magical creatures.
In the Land of Fortune, Sam keeps failing at every attempt, causing their plans to change. These deviations from the original plan make the story seem never ending.
Interestingly, the cat reminds Sam of her pure goodness and that she embarks on a journey to do good things for others and was willing to outgrow the bad luck of others.
In short, the story is about Sam learning that there is a silver lining to every bad situation. There is something right in all wrong situations, because bad luck prompted her to meet Hazel and find new friends. The lesson is in the way one looks at misfortune.
Produced by Skydance Animations, Luck’s visuals are bright and catchy, and the Land of Luck looks enchanted with all kinds of animals like pigs in pink suits and colorful insects, each with a role in the land.
Traveling in the sky feels like a ride in an amusement park, but there is nothing really exciting about the process of creating good luck and bad luck and how they are targeted to specific people.
The animation features a group of celebrities who provide voices for the characters. Among others, Jane Fonda voices Babe the Dragon, Whoopi Goldberg is the captain, and the most amazing character is Bob, voiced by Paige, the famous character and voice actor. His voice perfectly matches that of a mischievous cat personality and speaks in a Scottish accent.
Cartoons are entertaining for kids, but maybe not for all adults. Kids will enjoy this, especially because of all the adorable animal characters, as well as the heartwarming ending.