Lackadaisy Animated Pilot: A Fun, Breathtaking Adventure


It has been only three days since the world has been overtaken by the animated adaption of Tracy J. Butler’s Eisner Award Winning Webcomic series, Lackadaisy. Since its debut, it has garnered over 3 Million Views and has gotten praise from fans, artists, and animators, such as Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, Fire and Ice, Wizards, Lord of the Rings, and Cool World).

We’re taking a brief break from the usual book reviews for an animated adventure in an era of Prohibition, filled with anthropomorphic felines. In an era of Gangsters, Paranoia, Rumrunning, and Bootlegging, Lackadaisy delivers the perfect ambiance of suspense and fun. It captured the tone of what time was like in 1927, amid the Roaring Twenties, a time when organized crime activity doubled in places such as Chicago and St. Louis.


The artists and animators involved in this project did an outstanding job. The character designs and the choice of blending hand-drawn animation with 3D Props at certain moments in the pilot, and the construction lines that were featured throughout the film, it was a good idea to use for a story set in a classic era. I also would like to offer praise to Fable Siegel (Hazbin Hotel, Far-Fetched, and The Midnight Gospel) and Tracy J. Butler. Siegel brings their vast experience in animation and directorial prowess to Lackadaisy, while Tracy Butler brings the ever-growing world of Lackadaisy that is well-researched. Both for historical accuracy when it comes to the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition.

As far as this goes, Lackadaisy (The webcomic series it’s based on) wasn’t on my radar at first. I heard of its accomplishments and the fan base it had procured, but after seeing the trailer, and several of its Livestream events, it won me over eventually. It is a glorious time for Indie Animation with so many to choose from, whether it is Vivienne Medrano’s Hazbin Hotel and Helluva Boss or Ashley Nichols (who also was involved in the Lackadaisy pilot) & Dave Capdevielle’s upcoming animated series titled, Far-Fetched.


The music that was involved in this project was a nice touch, viewers, described it as electro-swing music. The 1920s was also the rise of the Jazz Age. Overall, for a pilot, there were some small misses but nothing that would warrant any negativity.

One final part I would like to go over in this review is voice acting. In terms of Star Power, it brings several notable voice actors for certain roles, such as Michael Kovach (Hazbin Hotel, Murder Drones, Dragon Goes House Hunting), Malcolm Walker (Nostalgia Critic), Benni Latham (Transformers: Earthspark), Lisa Reimold (Gundam Build Drivers Re: Rise, Lycoris Recoil, Beyblade Burst Surge), and SungWon ‘ProZD’ Cho (Akudama Drive, Ranking of Kings, Craig of the Creek). Each actor involved brought a sense of wonderment and a sense of endearment to their role.

Final Grade:

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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