The Lego Movie: No Jokes

St. Scholastica's Student Newspaper
The Cable
By: Jordyn Kirk - Student Journalist -
Photo credit to theeffect.net

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The Lego Movie is everything you have come to love and expect from the Lego franchise and more. The film was released on February 7th, 2014, and pulled in about $70 million in its first weekend, according to Entertainment Weekly.

By using a genius combination of stop motion and advanced computer-generated imagery, everything in the movie looks like a piece of your typical Lego set down to the last detail. The animations aren't smooth, they're choppy as if the whole movie were an actual stop motion. This means that the film plays out with the ocean made up of individual, round, blue pieces, and lasers represented by sporadic long, transparent tubes.

Funnier yet, however, is the fact that the Lego characters know that they're Lego. Many references are made to following instructions, in fact, that's what the normal world is all about. Funnier yet, however, are the several jokes about the characters "claw-like" hands. There are also references to the "man upstairs" who is not God, but a creative, human child.

The movie managed to get an amazingly-high 96% by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The site summarized the movie with, "Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages." Other fans on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film 91%, with an average ranking of 4.4/5. These soaring ratings have The Lego Movie currently topping Rotten Tomatoes' charts, with the next highest ranking film being Frozen at 89%.

Entertainment Weekly sites The Lego Movie as "Warner Bros.' first animated release in three years." The film, which features the voice talents of Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and Will Arnett among many others, is surely a sign that Warner Bros. knows what they're doing when it comes to animated children's films.