Lucas the Spider may be little more than a mere animation test, and yet he’s winning the hearts of the whole internet already—to the point that he probably needs his own series, a three-picture guarantee at Pixar, and a book deal.
Not exactly a full short film, the fuzzy, too-many-eyed arachnid is the creation of Joshua Slice, a professional animator who’s worked on Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and other cartoon features.
In the 20-second video, Lucas (voiced by Slice’s nephew Lucas) greets us, introduces himself, and jumps off to his web.
It’s usually pretty ridiculous to demand a feature-length story based on 20 seconds of adorable animation, but Lucas is the kind of character that could go the distance. Obviously he would need the right story behind him, but, on a design level, Lucas the Spider is truly fantastic.
He’s also the kind of character who would have fit in perfectly in the Zootopia universe, although maybe he would have been too small to see among the rabbits and foxes and sloths. Maybe it’s time for a sequel with a precocious little spider who wins over the heart of the community. Or robs banks? Either way, we’re in.