Lucky and Zorba (original title: La gabbianella e il gatto) is a 1998 Italian animated film.
As the story begins, we meet a young seagull named Kenga. While with her flock, she gets dirtied by an petrol flood. She blindly flies to a city, where she finally crashes into a garden, right on top of the cat who lives there, Zorba. Because of the petrol on her feathers, he refuses to eat her, and she gets him to promise three things: that he would not eat her egg when she lays it, that he would take care of it until it hatches, and that he would teach the newborn to fly. She then dies of exhaustion.
Some days after, the egg hatches, and Zorba names the newborn Lucky.
Meanwhile, the rats of the town plan an uprising against the town's cats, and their plans involve Lucky...
Lucky and Zorba contains examples of:
- Big Bad: The rat leader.
- Cute Kitten: Yoyo, although he's very much a Bratty Half-Pint. Lucky is cute as well, and all the good guys treat her like they would a kitten.
- Intellectual Animal: One of Zorba's friends is literate.
- Swarm of Rats: The rats plan an uprising against the town's cats.
- Trojan Horse: Or rather Trojan Cheese.The cats give a giant wheel of cheese to the rats, but they are hidden inside. With this stratagem, they were able to rescue Lucky and Yoyo.
- Would Hurt a Child: The rat leader kidnaps Lucky and plans to let the rats eat her. Even when Yoyo comes in to save her, the rats just overpower him and take him as an additional meal.. Fortunately, they are saved in the nick of time by Zorba and his friends.
- You Dirty Rat!: The main antagonists are a group of evil rats. They even have a Villain Song named "We are the Rats". In the original version of the movie, they refer to themselves as mice, though.