Ian Failes goes in depth at how they accomplished the animation for the “The LEGO Movie”
It wasn’t until the first trailer for The LEGO Movie was released in June last year that the world finally had a handle on what the Phil Lord and Chris Miller animated pic actually ‘was’. Would it be stop motion? Part live action? Or fully CG?
What did emerge from that first trailer was the same sense of fun and excitement that LEGO users have enjoyed for decades. Behind the animation of a myriad of minifigures, vehicles and environments is Animal Logic, a studio with a rich history in both animated films (Happy Feet, Legend of the Guardians) and visual effects work (The Great Gatsby, 300, The Matrix). fxguide explores the making of The LEGO Movie with key members of Animal Logic’s team in Sydney.
Just where do you start in a movie about the famous bricks? There were of course so many characters and settings from the LEGO world that the directors could draw from. According to the film’s production designer Grant Freckelton, Lord and Miller simply turned to what LEGO users did with it. “Chris and Phil’s first pitch was this is a movie about creativity,” he says. “It’s a movie about being a kid and approaching the world in a different and much more creative way than you might as an adult. It’s about exploring us as human beings.”
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