Animation fans are spoiled for choice these days. Not only are there thousands of animated shorts and demos to be enjoyed for free online, but the big screen seems practically inundated with huge releases. Hot on the heels of Monsters University at the end of June, was the release of Despicable Me 2, not to mention the locally produced Khumba, which is a must-watch for any self respecting South African animation junky.
But today we want to have a look at one of the most exciting and interesting animated feature films ever announced: The Lego Movie. The iconic toy company is a master of crossing the entertainment platform divide. It has famously produced entire ranges based on iconic film franchises, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, The Lord of the Rings, and loads more. It has also been immortalized digitally in a variety of video games.
So it seemed inevitable that a movie would eventually be made, and now it is. Set for release in February 2014, The Lego Movie is currently being produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee, and directed by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs helmers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
A trailer was released last month, and it’s left us pretty excited. Teaming with pop culture references, and cameos from the likes of Superman, Wonderwomen, Green Ninja, various Ninja Turtles, and Batman, The Lego Movie looks an exciting prospect from anyone who grew up assembling the iconic block toys.
From an animation perspective, the movie has adopted chunky staccato rhythms which give the impression that the filmmakers used actual Lego pieces to create the film in stop-motion. In actual fact, the movie has been created using 3D computer animation.