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The LEGO Movie [2014] (2 discs)

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Director:Christopher Miller
Phil Lord
Writer:Christopher Miller
Phil Lord
Composer:Mark Mothersbaugh
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:96%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Comedy
  • Kids
  • CG
  • Fantasy
  • Family
  • Sci-Fi
  • Action
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Synopsis: An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.


Reaction: It gets surprisingly existential towards the end which sort of upsets the rhythm. But it adds a depth to the whole movie that is quite refreshing in this kind of kid's movie. And the jokes almost never stop coming.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Christopher Miller => Director / Writer / TV Presenter (voice)
Phil Lord => Director / Writer
Mark Mothersbaugh => Composer
Alison Brie => Unikitty  (voice)
Anthony Daniels => C-3PO  (voice)
Billy Dee Williams => Lando  (voice)
Channing Tatum => Superman  (voice)
Charlie Day => Benny  (voice)
Chris McKay => Larry the Barista / Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Pratt => Emmet Brickowoski  (voice)
Cobie Smulders => Wonder Woman  (voice)
Dave Franco => Wally  (voice)
Elizabeth Banks => Wyldstyle / Lucy  (voice)
Jake Johnson => Barry (voice)
Jonah Hill => Green Lantern  (voice)
Jorma Taccone => Shakespeare / Additional Voices (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key => Foreman Jim (voice)
Keith Ferguson => Han Solo  (voice)
Liam Neeson => Bad Cop / Good Cop / Pa Cop  (voice)
Melissa Sturm => Gail / Ma Cop  (voice)
Morgan Freeman => Vitruvius  (voice)
Nick Offerman => Metal Beard  (voice)
Shaquille O'Neal => Shaq  (voice)
Todd Hansen => Gandalf / Additional Voices (voice)
Will Arnett => Batman / Bruce Wayne  (voice)
Will Ferrell => Lord Business  / President Business  / The Man Upstairs (voice)
Will Forte => Abraham Lincoln  (as Orville Forte) (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This is the fourth film for Morgan Freeman, the third film for Liam Neeson and the second film for Billy Dee Williams to feature Batman: Morgan and Liam were both in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, with Morgan also doing The Dark Knight, and Billy was in Batman.
  • Cobie Smulders voices heroine Wonder Woman in a cameo role. Coincidentally, Smulders had been considered to play a live-action Wonder Woman for a movie written by Joss Whedon, who cast her as Agent Maria Hill of DC Comics' rival company Marvel in The Avengers. LEGO happens to have licensing rights to both comic companies.
  • "Emmet" is an archaic word for "ant", an insect well known for being a construction worker that works in a team.
  • Similarities to the The Matrix abound. Both Emmet and Neo live in a world which is a construct of another outside entity. Both Emmet and Neo are chosen as "the one". Both "die" and have a rebirth. Neo dies at the end of the Matrix and is brought back, able to see the Matrix for what it is. Emmet plummets into the human world. He is dropped back into his Lego world by a human child. Upon his return, he proclaims "I can see everything" with the ability to see part numbers to all Lego pieces, much like Neo could see the Matrix. Even the Micro Managers in Lego movie look very similar to the giant robots found in the human harvesting fields in the "real world" of the Matrix. Also Vitruvius' fight with the robots shortly before he dies is similar to Neo's fight with Agent Smith in The Matrix Reloaded. Furthermore, Will Ferrell's role of The Man Upstairs in this movie is very similar to his role of The Architect in {MTV: Reloaded}, a spoof of The Matrix Reloaded.
  • This is Wonder Woman's debut in a theactrical film. Likewise, this is also the first theatrical film to have Batman and Superman together, predating the live action Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will also feature the live-action theatrical debut of Wonder Woman.
  • Batman, played by Will Arnett, frequently exclaims 'Oh come on!' during the film. This is one of the phrases famously repeated by his character, Gob Bluth, on [Arrested Development].
  • In The Birds by [?] Aristophanes (414 B.C.), Mr. Trusting and Mr. Hopeful erect a perfect city in the clouds, to be named Cloud Cuckoo Land, an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect. In the movie, Cloud Cuckoo Land is the home of Princess Unikitty, a land up in the clouds, where there are no rules and no limits.
  • When in the Octan tower, Wyldstyle goes off and tells them to wait for her signal. When she gives it, it's the "Super Secret" signal from Team America: World Police.
  • Upon first entering in Cloud Cuckoo Land, Batman is visibly annoyed by the place as two characters, a clown and a man in a lizard/dinosaur suit, are greeting him. These two figures are reminiscent of two of Batman's most formidable foes: The Joker and Killer Croc.
  • MetalBeard's Five Laws of the Sea include; - Never place your rear end on a pirate's face. - Never release a Kracken. - Never put ye hand in a clam's mouth. - Always abandon a lost cause. Never wear a dress on Tuesday.
  • This is the first animated film for Morgan Freeman.
  • Morgan Freeman stated that Batman, in this film, is his favorite incarnation of the character of all time.
  • [?] Vitruvius was a Roman author and architect in the 1st century B.C., best known for his multi-volume work entitled De Architectura. Etymologically, the word architect derives from Greek words meaning "master" and "builder". The real [?] Vitruvius invented the first elevator.
  • Lord Business is President of Octan, a fictional gas station brand, that first appeared in 1992, and has since been featured in numerous Lego sets.
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) reprise their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy. Daniels also provided C-3PO's voice in numerous Star Wars animated series and previous LEGO Star Wars movie productions.
  • Vitruvius' staff is actually a chewed up lollipop, and in most cases, the stick of a lollipop will fit a minifigure's hand.
  • In order to add more realism to the movie, the Lego bricks have scratches, fading, and even fingerprints to make the movie look like someone was manipulating real bricks in a stop-motion fashion. The Bricks are also affected by their locations, with the bricks in The Old West realm being more dusty and faded from the sunlight. With the exception of unique pieces for the characters in the film (i.e: President Business's hair and evil helmet) every Lego piece in the movie actually exists, and can be used in sets. The creators deliberately tried to make the movie feel like stop-motion animation, and avoided making the computer-generated effects look too obvious. This was done, to make the movie look like it contained real Lego. Everything in the movie was designed to look as if built out of LEGO pieces. This even includes effects like water, fire, laser bolts, explosions, and smoke. For instance, the lasers are actually transparent LEGO rods (commonly known as "Lightsaber blades"), while smaller puffs of smoke are LEGO ice cream pieces. This is in contrast with the direct-to-video LEGO movies and cartoon series, in which parts of the sceneries and most of the effects were made to look realistic. No simulated motion blur was used in the film, to further give it the look of a stop-motion Lego film. When scenes called for fast action, such as when Benny is building his spaceship, the animators constructed Lego brick 'streaks' the same colors as the characters.
  • The term "Master Builder" is actually an official designation by the Lego Company; per their website, "LEGOŽ Master Builders are the highly-trained and super-creative builders who design all of the official LEGO sets. Other LEGO Master Builders create giant, detailed sculptures out of LEGO bricks for LEGOLANDŽ Parks and special events all around the world."
  • Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale at one point were considered to reprise the role of Batman. Emma Stone and Robert Downey Jr. were considered for the leading roles. Denzel Washington was considered to voice Vitruvius.