Netflix’s animated sensation, Leo, is continuing to reign supreme. The Adam Sandler voiced tuatara adventure has secured its place in the top ten films globally for an impressive ten weeks straight.
Since its debut on November 21st, 2023, Leo has become a runaway hit, accumulating a staggering 198.7 million hours viewed on the streaming platform. The success of this animated film lies not only in its charming story but also in the talents behind the scenes.
Directed by the trio of David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Robert Smigel, Leo marks the feature directorial debuts of Marianetti and Wachtenheim. The screenplay, a collaborative effort by Sandler, Smigel, and Paul Sado, weaves a heartwarming tale about a class pet facing his mortality that has clearly resonated with audiences worldwide. The film, produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, boasts a star-studded voice cast, including Bill Burr, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, and Sandler’s own children, Sadie and Sunny.
Leo introduces us to the titular character, a tuatara voiced by Sandler, who, after spending over seven decades in a Florida school, discovers he has just one more year left to live. What starts as Leo’s escape plan takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself leading a rescue mission to save his classmates from their notoriously mean substitute teacher. The plot cleverly unfolds as Leo, instead of seeking his own freedom, becomes a therapist of sorts, imparting wisdom and support to his student companions.
The critical acclaim for Leo extends beyond its impressive viewership numbers. Audiences and critics alike have praised the film for its slick animations, engaging story, and stellar voice acting.
With Leo maintaining its dominance on the Netflix charts, the streaming giant wasted no time in confirming that a sequel is already in the works. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos expressed enthusiasm, stating that they are already “kicking around Leo 2” and that “the animation team is firing on all cylinders,” as per The Wrap. While details about the sequel remain scarce, the success of the follow-up undoubtedly hinges on Sandler’s return as the beloved lizard.
As audiences eagerly await more details on Leo 2, the first instalment continues to entertain viewers on Netflix. Whether it’s Leo adjusting to life as a kindergarten class pet or embarking on another exciting adventure, the sequel has a wealth of possibilities to explore.
Until then, you can watch the heartwarming escapades of Leo on Netflix while anticipating another delightful instalment in the near future.