Adam Sandler explores new horizons with a sensitive animated film about a school lizard
Earlier this year, Adam Sandler surprised audiences with a poignant coming-of-age comedy on Netflix. « You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah » stands out as a rare critical success for Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison. This film, although focused on middle schoolers, offers a level of maturity absent from many of Sandler’s previous works on Netflix.
Indeed, despite the initial association with the platform due to its rhyme with « Wet Chicks, » Adam Sandler demonstrates a different side with his latest project. In « Leo, » an animated film aimed at a younger audience, Sandler plays the voice of the protagonist, a lizard dealing with his own mortality. This marks Sandler’s second foray into the world of animated films after the less successful « Eight Crazy Nights » in 2002.
Leo, the school pet voiced by Sandler, becomes an unlikely mentor to the students he encounters after hatching an escape plan from his tank. As he spends time with each child, he comes to realize the importance of staying put and helping them rather than pursuing his initial escape.
While Sandler’s animated voice performance adds a lighthearted touch to the film, the heart of the story lies in the meaningful interactions between Leo and the students. The movie’s musical elements, although somewhat inconsistent, contribute to its charm, while its message about sharing problems is conveyed genuinely, if somewhat predictably, in the end.
Overall, « Leo » is a brightly animated film with moments of surprising insight, making it appealing to both young and older audiences alike.
- Adam Sandler’s surprising success with sensitive animated film on Netflix
- Story of « Leo, » an animated school lizard dealing with mortality
- Importance of staying and helping the students
- Meaningful interactions and music contribute to the film’s appeal
- Warm likability of « Leo » for both young and older audiences