Have you heard about Lucas the Spider?
Fuzzy, eight-legged and coming in sizes from as small as a pin to as big as a plate, spiders are a beneficial presence anywhere where there are pests, but rarely are spiders greeted with enthusiasm when they’re found in a home, and it doesn’t help they like to move in like they help you pay rent.
So it’s interesting to see where Lucas the Spider, a bright-eyed, bushy legged little spider absolutely in love with humans, will take his love and admiration for our species in a story being developed by animator Joshua Slice.
“This is an animation test of a character I’ve been working on,” Slice writes. “I’m responsible for the design, modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, and rendering.”
Slice had his nephew, also named Lucas, do the voice acting for the adorable little critter and it turned out great.
Netizens have so far been absolutely infatuated with the bubbly little spider, and are even submitting their storylines to Slice.
Uhmm, that sounds like the kind of movie a very proper 26-year old adult like me would willingly shove young children aside for.
For a little more insight, common house spiders like the daddy long legs (cellar spider, aka Pholcidae), the American house spider, and cobweb spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorium) are all relatively low-risk to humans and stick to areas not frequented in the house, like your attic, your basement or cellar, you get the idea. They might come out once in a while to mate or breed, and most usually, aren’t out to prey on you. But sometimes it sure feels like they love hearing you scream.
While Lucas probably won’t cure your arachnophobia (the fear of spiders, fyi) he might at least get you to consider not immediately squashing the next eight-legged roommate that appears right beside the toilet bowl in the middle of the night when you really need to go.