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Lucas the Spider: an animated hope?

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Can an animated spider be the cure to arachnophobia?

So how can one make a spider appealing to those who fear the creature itself? Well, Joshua Slice, the creator and animator of this YouTube short series, played around with his idea and invented Lucas the Spider. Lucas has the qualities of being small and stubby, with huge eyes, which is the key reason for his cuteness; many have pointed out, “… everyone’s talking about those eyeballs.” Did you know that as humans we are biologically drawn to bigger eyes? They bring out the nurturing within us all and that’s why we think baby animals are just the cutest. So in order for Lucas to be loved by all, even those who absolutely detest spiders, the adorable spider had to have the biggest eyes.

His voice impacts the character as well. It’s actually Joshua Slice’s nephew’s voice, who is also named Lucas. The voice of the child just adds another aspect to why this spider can be considered so adorable.

Slice has also worked on movies such as Big Hero 6, Epic, and Zootopia. “Lucas the Spider” can just be another success he can add to his growing list of accomplishments.

As an individual who suffers from arachnophobia, I see “Lucas the Spider” as a ray of hope. At first glance, I was still appalled by the looks of Lucas, yet as I watched the adventures of this tiny creature I grew attached. I found Lucas to be an adorable and innocent being; easy to become fond of. The voice of the spider itself really sold the idea of the “adorableness” of the character. In episodes such as “Polar Bear,” the audience can really take away how innocent and unaware the little spider is of the rest of the world, as Lucas makes a white dog as a polar bear. People who watched the animation test are already pleading for a Pixar full feature film, or at least a mini web series or short film.

With the eyes of the world watching this cute little spider take over their screens, can it make a difference in how people see spiders?

 

 

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