Not content to be relegated to the toyheaps of the world, the famous block toys LEGO are about to get their own big screen movie in the form of 2014’s “The LEGO Movie.” And given the recently released teaser trailer for the film, "The LEGO Movie" stays true to the frenzied, imagination-fueled playtimes its namesake has inspired for generations.
The trailer is jam-packed with cameo appearances from Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the 2002 NBA All Stars, Michelangelo (the artist) and Michelangelo (the Ninja Turtle). It’s a lot of fun, but there’s more to the “LEGO Movie” trailer than cameos from some big fictional names.
Directed by “21 Jump Street” duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, “The LEGO Movie” stars a legion of well-known comedians, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman and Morgan Freeman. The plot revolves around Emmet, an average, run-of-the-mill LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for a prophesied hero and is drafted into a campaign to defeat an evil ruler who wants to glue the entire world together (thereby destroying the entire creatively reusable aesthetic that makes LEGO so excellent). It’s a brilliantly clever metaphor.
Judging by the first trailer, not only does “The LEGO Movie” attempt to capture the limitless creativity that makes LEGO blocks so fun to for kids around the world, it also stays true to the experience of playing with LEGO. The movie appears to be animated in a faux-stop motion style that will surely remind viewers of endless hours spent trotting minifigures around imagined worlds.
According to the official synopsis for “The LEGO Movie”: "The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared."
“The LEGO Movie” hits theaters on Feb. 7, 2014, and stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson.