Many people have a fear of spiders, but it’s hard to resist this adorable arachnid named Lucas. Animator Joshua Slice introduced the cute character in a very short film aptly called Lucas the Spider. With such large, glossy eyes, how could you not say “aww” when you see him? What makes the 21-second clip even cuter is the addition of Slice’s nephew, who voices Lucas and brings him to life with a child-like personality.
In this video, the animated spider first approaches from across a chair. Lucas scurries towards us, looks at us directly, then peers over the edge and continues his journey. Although a brief encounter, Slice himself has made it unforgettable, writing, “I’m responsible for the design, modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, and rendering.” If he continues to develop Lucas, it’s likely to only get better—Slice originally intended this short just as a test.
In addition to Lucas the Spider, Slice has worked in the animation department of some big-name flicks. He’s been involved in Zootopia, Big Hero 6, and the upcoming film Ferdinand.