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Despite being little more than an extremely obvious ploy to sell Legos, this overly complex toy commercial managed to be a very entertaining and imaginative flick that echoed the mindset and imagination of a child playing with a gigantic set of Legos. When I was a child, my sisters and I would stage elaborate murder mysteries with our Lego figurines (the dog was usually the killer) and many long hours were spent cobbling together make shift cars and even animals out of a tiny handful of mismatched bricks.

Much the same exists in Lego movie. A tiny universe in peril, it's up to a horde of randomly cobbled together lego parts and characters to save the day from a Mitt-Romney esque bad guy intent on making the world always follow his set of instructions. It's up to the little ragtag team of misc pieces characters to rescue the entire world from the terror of his 'secret weapon.'

There's a genuine sense of imagination and joy to it all, and despite the obvious mixing and matching of characters and lego sets going on, it all flows together rather seamlessly just as it did growing up where the half spaceship half 1950's Packard car made perfect sense in our Lego noir murder mysteries.

The movie also switches between CGI and stop motion here and there and the end credits appear to be purely animated using patience and real Legos. I'd say it's likely anyone who likes cartoons and Legos would probably at least mostly enjoy this movie. It's kind hearted twist ending and its sense of childlike wonder put together a very coherent little film.

Better enjoy it while you can because it's probably gonna be one of the better animated movies this year and BoxTrolls doesn't come out till September.
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LittleMissAwesome Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student
One of favorite movies ever.  I'm eager to see the Boxtrolls, too.  Ugh, such gorgeous stop-motion.

I remember building a gun out of the basic colored lego blocks in pre-school.  It was quickly taken away from me, hehe.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Boxtrolls is one of those movies where even if I'm not precisely sure I'll enjoy it, I feel obligated to see it because it's a genuine work of art and I want to support it. Even if it's a BAD work of art it's a medium that needs all the advocates it can get.
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Goody goody - I was hoping you had seen this before I took Wally to it - I just hope this doesn't transform him into the Lego-monster that his mother was (still is, okay?) - and he wants to dig into my 20 pounds of Legos - it's bad enough I do a Godzilla on his Matchbox cars at night because he won't pick them up.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Matchbox cars were a staple of toddler-Dani's toy land. I'm half way tempted to go to Toys R' Us now just to see what all survived between my childhood and the modern day.
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They've got some pretty freakin awesome ones. Wally must have over 500 by now because they're so cheap. He also has the HotWheels tracks, which really haven't changed since I was a kid (we're talkin over 30 years ago, OMG I'm so old).
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hotwheels tracks NEVER change, man. I had the same one.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
This is one I need to see.  Anything that is crappy marketing on the surface but actually turns out to be genuinely good (basically the opposite of any given animated movie now) is something I need to check out. 

I was never much of a lego kid, but I distinctly remember being proud when my brain developed the cognitive and organizing capability to construct a tiny helicopter as opposed to my usual "frankenstein" creations of inconceivable nonsense (just an early abstract sculptor I suppose).  Once I even made a gargantuan cube out every piece in the bucket, and I do not envy the poor bastard who had to disassemble that tightly-constructed wrecking ball. 

I was also the kind of kid that would mix toys.  Legos and Tinkertoys and Ninja Turtles?  WHY NOT!  I even loaded up a fisher price plane with random debris from any other toy piece I could find to make it do a bombing run on my little brother's play area. 

So any movie that just expresses the sheer joy of that kind of early fun time mentality is certainly a good thing.  I definitely need to see it...after we blow up more robots. 

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HWAHH!  GAHH!  GYECH!

:iconfarnsworthplz::iconsaysplz:Play time is fun time!
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I remember mixing toys a lot, especially because there were just some things I COULDN'T adequately sculpt out of legos so I borrowed stuff from Polly Pocket to make up the difference. And now I see artists making legit sculptures out of these little fuckin' bricks and it makes me want to try doing it all again.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Now I'm having flashbacks of all the toys that once existed.

The Mighty Max toys, which was basically "polly pocket for boys" (and what a weird cartoon it had as well), those little vehicles that would turn into vicious animal mouths, because hey, why not?  Mad Balls, which always grossed out my mother.  The creepy crawlers bug maker...when did toys stop being so cool?  I don't know if you can even get something as simple as Gak anymore. 
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I remember GAK. It hardened into fine, nearly invisible glass like shards. I probably have a few small scars from that magnificent industrial waste in a can. They make similar products with varying levels of coolness and success these days, like oil-slick iridescent silly putty.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Silly putty always disappointed me as a kid.  The egg it came in was about the size of a real egg, but all you got inside was a tiny snot-ball that wasn't even the size of a ping-pong ball.  I don't know if that's changed now, but that deception always upset me as a kid.

Nickelodeon toys were amazing out of the package, but they did indeed have a tendency to...turn into something significantly less fun after prolonged exposure to oxygen.  But then again, most people won't be feeling all that fun if a bunch of weirdos kept squishing them until they made stupid little fart-noises against a wobbly plastic case.  "Wooo...Woooooo!  Woooooo!"

Great, now I want to go to a Toys R Us and walk around the aisles being a snobby toy critic seeing what's cool or not.  I also need to see "The Toy" with Richard Pryor again.  It's a stupid movie, but it's "a kid's movie that's inappropriate for kids", so of course it was a family favorite of ours.  Oh, poor Wonder Wheel...he never even got to see the zoo.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I mostly hated silly putty because some of the green silly putty somehow got permanently smooshed into my carpet. And it wasn't even a pretty shade of green! Kids these days do get net stuff like hydrophobic sand though, which is an interesting novelty. I miss Lite Brite personally. Sure it was an exceedingly basic concept with easy-to-lose parts but I enjoyed it while it lasted.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Funny you should mention television *zzzap!* I mean lite brite! (I think I got that backwards...) because on Christmas Eve, my cousin gave one of his nieces a mini/modern lite brite because he had such fond childhood memories of that simple toy, as did I.  We even talked about how simple it was, yet how fun it was mostly because of the colors.

And those were good colors!  It was just that gorgeous cross of plastic and neon that light up the screen juuuust right.  Now that was a pretty shade of green!  The pinks were also especially nice, and I never cared how "not boyish" that sounds (if there was anything bad about toys from my time, it was the nasty gender lines and roles in marketing), 80s neon pink is a damn good color!  Just as long as it isn't part of some Lisa Frank nonsense.  Lite Brite good, pink & purple tigers bad. 

www.jeremyriad.com/wp-content/…

Look at the colors!  These would go great with my souuuul!

Or this one for lack of soul:

andrewsalomone.com/blog/wp-con…
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Do they even still make Lite Brite? I might need to rush down to the toy store and hunt one down. It's like a child version of primitive pixel art!
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