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CGI "The Lego Movie" Review (SPOILERS)


Last Sunday, I went to see the much anticipated CIG film, The Lego Movie.  I thought that the opening scene made it obvious why they didn't animate it in Stop Motion.  This shot alone would have taken well over a year of hard core animation from one or two animators at least, to animate it all Stop Frame.  But now for the review.

I love the charters first of all; you can't have a good movie without a good script; you can't have a good script without great charters.  This film, written, and directed by the creative duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  There films they've collaborated on in the past were
Sony's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and Columbia Pictures 21 Jump Street.  I feel their strongpoint is in writing.  They do a fantastic job a scripting jokes, and have a great sense of humor.  What is funny and what's not.  Which brings up a good point, that is the jokes are appreciated by adults as well as kids.  There are a few Simpsons homages and references which makes it the whole lot better.  As far as animation?  It's great!  The realism you get form the Legos is stupendous.  Almost equivalent to Stop Motion.  Which is scary.  If you can simulate something just as real-looking as puppets, and can capture the look of those moving, why make a set and puppets?  It takes a whole lot longer of a process to make an animated flick with a camera and physical objects, but what if you can get the same final product sitting at a computer?  Which leaves me to wonder: is this good or bad for the industry?  Anyhow, back to the film.

Now, let's discuss the the climax.  Now, if you haven't yet seen the film, go watch it!  I know your still reading...  I'm Serious!  Go take a lunch break, dinner break, or breakfast break, pay the $8.00 and watch it!!!  Ok, i'm going to spoil the whole film in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...  If you keep reading, I'll spoil the whole thing for you, so just keep on reading if you want to miss out on this fantastic experience.

Nearing the climax is the battle scene, which resembles an Avengers feel but keeping it light-hearted jokes.  Emmet, (the main character) is falling in a bright and colorful black hole.  The screen goes black.  We fade in to a live action shot of a kid playing with an Emmet, and a seemingly whole basement of Legos.  During the film we get a bit of foreshadowing of 'the man upstairs', then (live action) Will Ferrell walks down the stairs.  And, surprise!  Ferrell is the man upstairs!  He, is, (or, as the 7-year-old kid sees his father), is the real villain.  And Lord business is just a reflection of his dad.  This whole scene with Ferrell makes the film for me.  It would have still be a good flick without this bit, but it made it the whole much better to get this hilarious scene.  We get to see some Stop Motion now, and the entire 'end credits' are Stop Motion too!  One of the many Stop Motion animators on these credits is Scott Daros, so I do think that it's fair to plug in his blog, which you can find here.

So definitely go watch it again in the theater, (you're only reading this far because you already saw it).  Also, comment or email me ( and tell me what you though of it.  Check out the BTS below.  Until next time! - A. H. Uriah

A 30 minute 'making of' documentary:

More BTS on the animation process itself:

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