It sounds like a totally weird idea to make a movie about Lego. The blocky play sets have been a childhood staple for decades, but it’s not as though there’s a familiar Lego character or mascot who translates readily to the screen. That hasn’t deterred the company from bringing its blocky worldview to the land of video games, where titles based on DC Comics, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and other big-name properties have proven to be successes. Now, we’ll see if that mixture of blocks and irreverent humor can translate to the movies when The Lego Movie hits theaters this Friday.
In the meantime, we’re sharing this cool behind-the-scenes video that reveals how the film was actually made.
Featuring interviews with stars Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson and Will Ferrell, this clip showcases some of the ideas behind the creation of The Lego Movie, while also giving viewers a glimpse at some of the funny moments in the story.
All in all, the film looks a lot like the best of the Lego video games in the way it reimagines modern life as a bunch of little interlocking squares and blocky characters. The hallmark of those games has always been the humor – and it appears as though that’s been preserved in these early previews. It doesn’t hurt that the animation looks pretty great too.
Will that be enough to lure audiences in after other toy-to-film movies like Battleship have disappointed? We’ll know for sure next week. Until then, enjoy this look at how the magic of The Lego Movie was created.
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