How fan films shaped The Lego Movie

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The 2014 film was an animation feat — but it was built on the legacy of homemade fan movies. 

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When you watch installments of the Warner Bros. line of Lego movies, it's hard not to be struck by how realistic the animation is. It isn't quite traditional stop motion — but it sure looks as if it could be. That's largely thanks to the work of the animators at Animal Logic, a Sydney-based visual effects studio that has worked on The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie, and the upcoming The Lego Ninjago Movie. Powered by live action filming techniques and a close attention to detail, the studio has helped reinvent what Lego animations can look like. But they owe a lot of that aesthetic to the influence of fan films. Since the early 1970s, enthusiasts have made home movies with their own Lego sets. They're called Brickfilms — and they've grown into a sizable community producing great movies and helping many young animators get their start. The Lego Movie animators learned from what made those home movies so good by embracing the limitations of the medium, and creating a world that anyone could could rebuild at home. 

Check out some of the Brickfilms we showed in this video: 

The Magic Portal:
Journey to the Moon:
Matrix 2003:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Lego:
Tapporalli 2020:
Predator Montage:
ONE: A Space Odyssey:
Krieg der Steine:
Batman Begins Montage:
Star Wars Brickfilm:

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How is the name of the Software?
Haquu Haquu
I just realized I had a Lego from the old movie thing.. ;-;
I made a lego stop motion as a child it was awesome.
What's the song that plays when they first show a clip from the Lego Movie at the beginning of the video?
Aaron Ho
Kilroy was here
Carissa Ferguson
Anyone remember the lego shorts that Forestfire101 used to make??? Those were amazing.
I loved seeing Lego stop motion of Lego Star Wars
omg that first film looked like that im blue music video
Levi Jaymes
really bummed there was no mention of forestfire101, which was probably the most popular lego stop motion channel. Forestfire101 is also most likely the only reason why batman (seemingly random) is one of the main characters in the lego movie.
Nigel Thompson
Lego back then... million years later, it is the real lego. Jack Stone from 2001 was nothing like the real Lego today.
Kevin De Souza
I remember when I was like 12 and I'd make Lego stop motion pictures on my Dad's bar counter with a digital camera and then edit it all on Windows movie maker. The Lego movie honestly does remind me of that
Jake Reedman
no way they used lego digital designer to plan it out? that program is HELL
Jasper Brown
So much has changed in my life...
Seth Caldwell
The end makes a good point fans, normally create movies for the quality and enjoyment of the viewer as well as the creater. But, big studios mostly care about the money and not the quality of the film and the enjoyment of the viewer but, see it as a tool to make big bucks in the box office. So I guess I'm saying the fans really take the source material to heart but, big studios just don't care.
Rezeill *
but the legos are plastic
Fizzycoco 214
I don't really like The Lego Movie but admittedly the animation was awesome
A Normal Man _7_
That guy in the basement wsd keshen8
Timian Isaksen
Roderick Rovekamp
0:17 what is this song
Renee S.
The limitations are what made the movie such a pleasure for Lego lovers to watch!
I give mad props to the Lego Designers at Warner Bros
william harriot
Kilroy was here
Firstname Lastname
This video lifted the spirits of, hit home for, and inspired me... YouTube and the countless experimental at-home films posted on it have been molding me as a person since my grade school years. On that note, ForrestFire101's stop-motion animations will forever be in my heart.
Leslie Baldwin
I have jack stone Legos I'm old aren't I ?
I use lgd for school robotics
Sometimeslwonderifthisnameisok jk
The 2001 lego guy looks like a pedophile
I love this movie, and I have never even watched it.
Rufcat2 The killa
Like an apology... OY FEL WERM INSAD
bran and ruby!
Oh the laygoe
rumpjohan ͡
At the start.
my name jeff
Donkey Squidward
Now they just need a lego game that has everything Lego not real looking concrete and buildings
thanh hai Pham
what is the first music plz guys help me!
The creators of the Lego movie went to my school
Dylan Wong
They seriously ignored bionicle?
The Nerdy Peanut
before u make a video about lego SAY IT PROPERLY DUMBASS
00:24 - uhm there about a 13 year difference and ones a fan fiction. There barely is enough of a difference in the quality there mate
Speka 73
Favourite movies of all time...........

Next to kung fu panda 3 but still one of my favourite movie!
Legendary MuRAMasa1337
Everything is awesome
lego man 270
thats cool
I miss the time of this movie it was a nice 5th grade year and now I’m in Highschool damn it was that long ago!
Cmdr_Jones - Akira Angel
Yeah! Legend of the Guardians!
julian carlo mojica
I used to own a bunch of Jack stone haha
Abraham Gatchalian
TheNinjaBoyGaming - Comments and Blah Blah
Jackstone actually looked like Roblox
Zas Ora
What about chick powers?
Blabbit the rabbit
One question why do lego games always have 15 levels?
Verrell Wiggett
I like that song in the beginning it was amazing and catchey
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