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DVD Spotlight: The Lego Movie

When making a film based on famous toys, it takes a lot of imagination. Imagining what it would be like if these toys came to life. As kids we all give them voices or see a cartoon that embodies the voice of the toy we already have. In films like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we had the cartoon of what such toys would sound like. With Transformers, we had the cartoon which told us what Optimus Prime sounded like. With Legos, we have to truly use our imagination. Everyone had to imagine what their Lego characters sounded like. They had to imagine what to actually build out of these small (or big) building blocks. Seeing a film based on characters I have only imagined would sound like or the situations they find themselves in, was amazing. Everything was indeed awesome.

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The Lego Movie is not only an imaginative achievement, but it also comments on the drawbacks of conformity and following the rules, while celebrating the power of individual imagination. The director's and co-writers, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, use stop-motion animation and digital imagery to create the Lego universe as if you are watching the plastic material come to life. It is reminiscent of Toy Story by which the audience gets the sense that they are actually watching real toys come to life. Like Toy Story, The Lego Movie sends its viewer on a childhood journey of nostalgia. The Lego universe makes the Legos both objects and characters simultaneously, just like our beloved Buzz and Woody.

The main character Emmit, voiced by the comedic actor Chris Pratt, becomes the character we relate to. Each day along with the rest of the city, Emmit reminisces on last night's episode of “Where Are My Pants?”, he gets designer coffee at a ridiculous price of 37 dollars a cup, and he sings along to the chart topper “Everything is Awesome”. This is not so different from real life where we talk about last night's episode of True Blood, drink expensive lattes from Starbucks, and sing along to the latest Beyonce single. The combination of current life and childhood memories is what makes this film so captivating.

The villain of the story Lord Business, voiced by actor Will Ferrell, has the idea to super glue all the pieces of the city in place permanently. Freedom to be creative and expressive is what Lord Business is trying to eliminate. Near the end of the film, the Lego Universe peers into the real world where the Legos are just toys and the adventure being designed by a young boy. The father of the young boy played by Will Ferrell plans on gluing the Lego pieces together, giving them a sense of order and logic; building the structures as they are designated to be. The happy ending of the film comes when Lord Business falls in the Lego universe and the dad plays with his son creating imaginative characters in the real world.

This film does wonders for both children and adults, encouraging them both to use their imagination and have the freedom to be who they want to be. Who knew so much wisdom could come from something as simple as small building blocks.