Warner Brothers’ brilliant The LEGO Movie wowed the animation film world upon it’s release four years ago. Smart, funny, and with an endearing message, critics and filmgoers loved it (as did we). A pretty good The Lego Batman Movie soon followed, which was quickly succeeded by a mediocre The Lego Ninjago Movie… you can see where this could have been heading.
Thankfully Warner Brothers have returned the franchise to its roots, with a sequel to The Lego Movie picking up where the original left off (and hopefully allowing us to forget about that Ninjago one…). Cunningly entitled ‘The Lego Movie 2’, original writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to produce and co-write the next instalment, as do actors Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks alongside a plethora of famous talent.
The new movie is expected to explore issues around gender; “[It looks at] what’s different and similar about gender, when a boy plays vs. how a girl plays… Every one of our movies, so far, have been told from the point of view of one kid’s imagination. The LEGO Movie 2 will be the first one told through two kids’ imaginations – Finn and his sister. It’s going to be really interesting juxtaposing those two different visions”. It’s sure going to be fun to see what the city of Bricksburg looks like after Finn’s sister’s Duplo invasion at the end of the original movie.
The Lego Movie 2 is due to reach cinemas in February 2019, exactly 5 years after the original. We will of course bring you a full review upon its release, and we may even be able to take the Elves if our local cinema’s ban is lifted by then.
The surprise movie hit of 2014 was surely the The LEGO Movie, which received both rave reviews and piles of cash at the box office. Such has been its success that The Lego Movie’s sequel, snappily titled ‘The LEGO Movie Sequel’ is already in the works and set for release sometime around 2018.
However production company Warner Brothers is rumoured to want even more from their new franchise, and so everyone’s favourite very very dark grey crimefighter might be getting his very own movie!
The as-yet-untitled LEGO Batman film is expected in around two years’ time, with the fantastic Will Arnett reprising his role as the Dark Knight.
We loved The Lego Movie here at TLCB. In fact we quite like Lego movies in general – and there are some great short films made from little plastic blocks on the ‘net. Bricks in Motion aim to bring us another one, and in Inception-like ‘dream within a dream’ madness their Lego stop-motion film is about Lego stop-motion films.
You can wrap your head around it via their introductory video below, and if you’d like to support the Bricks in Motion project you can join them via Kickstarter – there’s just a few days to go!
The smash-hit LEGO Movie was one of the best films we’ve seen in ages, but there were one or two niggly plot holes for the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. Luckily for us the YouTube channel How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) kept the cameras rolling as Superman and Batman caught up over a $38 coffee. Click play above to watch! And if you haven’t seen The LEGO Movie yet you can read The Lego Car Blog’s review here.
The Lego Car Blog Elves are spectacularly sulky today. The office went to the cinema to see The LEGO Movie and, sadly, we couldn’t take them.
Don’t feel sorry for the Elves though as it’s entirely of their own making. We’ve been banned from several cinemas and possibly still have an outstanding lawsuit from a particularly disastrous previous cinematic trip, so they’ll just have to wait for the DVD. However, you dear Readers, can go to see The LEGO Movie at the cinema. But should you? Read on to find out!
The LEGO Movie was previewed here last June, and has been in development by Warner Brothers for the past six years. Set in a bustling and beautifully animated LEGO metropolis where ‘Everything is Awesome!’, The LEGO Movie is the tale of one mini-figure’s quest to save the world as he knows it. Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt of ‘The O.C’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ fame) is an ordinary construction worker following the instructions available for every aspect of life in the city in the vain hope of becoming a ‘somebody’. Success and popularity eludes him until, one day, his life changes forever.
Unbeknownst to Emmet, the World is under threat from the evil Lord Business (voiced by a wonderfully on-form Will Ferrell), whilst a secret society of Master Builders attempts to stop him. Emmet accidentally stumbles across the long-lost ‘Piece of Resistance’, fulfilling the Master Builders’ prophesy of a saviour, and is thrust into the apocalyptic struggle between good and evil.
Mentored by the beautiful Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and wise Master Builder Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), Emmet must defeat Lord Business’ plans to create his ‘perfect’ world at the expense of everyone that lives within it. Adults will find the plot faintly Orwellian and actually quite dark, but it’s punctuated with such humour and so many pop-culture references that you may not realise until the end the intelligence that lies within.
The stellar lead cast is backed up by an impressive roster of supporting voice-actors, including a brilliant Liam Neeson as ‘Good Cop/Bad Cop’, Channing Tatum as ‘Superman’, Will Arnett as ‘Batman’ and the delightful Alison Brie as ‘Uni-Kitty’.
The LEGO Movie looks like a stop-motion animation, though it’s really computer animated, and it is at times quite busy. However it’s created in a beautifully bright way that only LEGO as a subject matter could inspire. It’s also available in 3D, but to be honest the movie doesn’t really need it and we suspect it will be just as enjoyable in only two dimensions.
A sort of Toy Story meets The Matrix, The LEGO Movie is a superbly animated film that both children and – more surprisingly – adults will enjoy. It’s also a children’s film that is quite rare in today’s cinema, in that the key message isn’t just aimed at the children viewing it, but perhaps more at their parents in attendance. We certainly hope it’ll give a few LEGO collectors within the online community something worth thinking about. The live-action finale is undoubtedly one of the sweetest movie moments of 2014, especially when you realise who is really the author of the enthralling story just witnessed.
So is ‘Everything Awesome’?
We’d have to say yes. The LEGO Movie might just be the animated movie of the year, and thus gets a TLCB rating of 4 Stars.
The LEGO Movie is in cinemas worldwide now, and success at the Box Office also means we can look out for a sequel following sometime in 2017. We can’t wait!
Big news! Well, it was big news yesterday, but we were busy and so didn’t post it. Warner Brothers have released the first full trailer for the upcoming 3D computer animated LEGO movie, called, er… The LEGO Movie.
Featuring a surprisingly strong cast including Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Alison Brie (you’re going to want to Google Images those last two) The LEGO Movie tells the story of one mini-figure’s quest to save the world as he knows it.
The LEGO Movie is in development now, with a release date of early 2014, and you can check out the teaser trailer from Warner Brothers below. So what do you think – a Must See or a Certain Turkey?
The fate of the world is in his tiny yellow hands.