Do any of you remember the 1990 cartoon special, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, that united a collection of various cartoon icons (from Garfield to to Looney Tunes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to tell kids the dangers of drugs? I feel that The Lego Movie will be this generation’s Cartoon All-Stars, albeit without the anti-drug mission.
The animated film is about a normal Lego man, Emmet (Chris Pratt), mistakenly identified as a very special Lego person. Upon accidental discovery, he unites with such pop-culture Lego icons as Michelangelo, Batman, Abraham Lincoln, and more on their quest to take down an evil tyrant (Will Ferrell). The Lego Movie combines both stop-motion animation with “traditional’ 3D CGI animation, merging together modern day computer animation with the classic stop-motion animation of yesteryear.
Anybody that knows me knows I have a soft spot for Lego stop-motion shorts, so a full-blown, high-budget Lego film speaks directly to me. The film might be targeting kids as its primary demographic. However, the director/writer duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller is known for Clone High, an edgy MTV cartoon series aimed for adults, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a surprisingly entertaining, tongue-in-cheek children’s film that also had subtle jokes for adults.
The Lego Movie will hopefully hit all the right marks for both kids and adults alike when it’s constructed into theaters on February 7, 2014.