'Luck' is the most recent animated film to transform its magical world into a banal business

'Luck' is the most recent animated film to transform its magical world into a banal business ...

Luck, John Lasseter's first animated film since his departure from Pixar over workplace sexual misconduct in 2018, is bleak. It is also the latest in an insidious trend in animation that turns its attention to the mundaneness of business. Even films that are supposedly about a journey into the magical become more about corporate structures where everyone is working.

Sam (Eva Noblezada) is the story's constantly unlucky cat who discovers the hidden Land of Luck when she meets two Leprechauns who appear to be Bobs supervisors in a subway checkpoint. This is how Sam is introduced to the "magical" world where the film will take place.

Then, Sam must dress up as a Leprechaun in the employee locker room, and Bob serves as their cover story. As they enter the city, they observe giant leprechauns and make their way to the lucky penny depot, which at the time seemed more like a Google campus than a magical place. Luck and other recent films lack that sense of self-awareness, instead promoting work.

The Youth Seminar, a film with a lot of potential under the surface, has been rebranded into being called. It is populated with clipboard-carrying actors all roaming around to direct what is effectively job training for being alive. While the film has an epiphany that is quite poetic, it is difficult to shake the main feeling of being put through an orientation for being alive.

Inside Out, a film where the most vibrant and profound of thoughts become a dysfunctional workplace of opposing personalities. While this film explored the afterlife further, it remained largely unrestrained by the assumption that everyone is free to travel on these different worlds. Each end up being fixated on outdated concepts and systems rather than taking the plunge into the unknown.

All of which brings us back to Luck. The film primarily follows the course of a certain luck department. While there are some decent humor here and there, it is still confusing to see so much of it operating on the conveyor belts of this magical corporation. Everything just ends up being more mundane than it ever has been. Even the unlucky world is just a mirror of the fortunate one except with more construction.

The absence of a corporation or creative process can all too easily devastate even the most brilliant of vision. This failure is a testament to why more animated films should embrace the unlimited possibilities within magical structures. Instead of creating something new, it develops itself around the notion of work as the sole personality. It ends up feeling like Sam just traded her job in the real world for something completely different.