I have recently found a really interesting LEGO brickfilm that mixes live action and LEGO CGI animation. This is the first time I have seen such an unusual mix, and I have to say that the film is very creative, well done, and really fun to watch. Take a look below for yourself. 🙂
This LEGO brickfilm is called LEGO Invasion! and is directed by Andrew McMurry from AndrewMFilms, starring Spencer Waldner as the human character. He interacts with a bunch of CGI animated LEGO minifigs as the badguys. Or maybe I have it all wrong and Spencer is the badguy and the minifigs try to stop him? In either way, Spencer acquires a briefcase-full of golden LEGO bricks with magical powers and the minifigs are after him…
Awesome, isn’t it? The scenes between the live action and the CGI animation flow quite seamlessly. I hope that LEGO brickfilmers will continue exploring the possibilities with such mixed-media methods. The potential is pretty much endless!
What do you think? How did you like this LEGO brickfilm? What was your favorite part? What could have been done better? Would you like to see more such brickfilms in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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When Batman came I was like “Don’t kill batman! don’t kill Batman!…NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!”
wouldn’t a movie be cool where a real life person got shrunk and went into his lego town he made and the legos came to life?… 😛
Absolutely! It would be lots of fun! 😀
I see a future where you can put your LEGO creation in a scanner-like contraption, save the scan in your laptop, and then you can generate a life-size version of that model as an Augmented Reality for you to explore…Well, something like that…Actually, seeing my rambling above, shrinking oneself seems to be more plausible…
You know, there’s actually this really old European commercial which involves kids being in the LEGO world. I can’t find it on Youtube though, so I’ll just give you this link from My LEGO Network: Link to Commercial
Note: You need a LEGO ID to see it.
Oh, that’s really cute! Thanks for sharing! 😀
But do you think you could like, edit the link a bit? It’s coming out of the page…
Okay, made it into a text link. 😉
Great, thanks! I can’t go around policing long link/exclamation mark posters when I myself did it…albeit inadvertently…Someone might accuse me of hypocrisy!
It’s all right. In fact I appreciate if you point something like that out as I won’t notice them otherwise. I look at comments from my admin dashboard, not from the post-page, so it looks very different for me. Unless you point out that something is running off the page or something like that, I won’t know. 😉
Wow. This was really well done. More violent then I was expecting but not too violent as to be a con. I hope the makers of this have more movies in the making.
Yeah, that’s what I thought too. The transition between the minifigs and the live person is really smooth. I would also love to see more videos like this. Maybe with less shooting and more store. The idea itself of mixing live action with humans and animated minifigs is just really brilliant.
this is AWESOME! it all, BAM! BAM! BAM! totally… awesome!
And yeah Jay, that would be funny.
Uh, let me try to explain how I see this animation.
First things first, let me say something. In my opinion, there is no good or bad in life, really-it’s only a matter of perception; you might think that Emperor Palpatine is a “bad guy”, but really, I don’t think he thinks that way, just that simply the main characters, the “heroes”, thinks what he’s doing is wrong. The point is, there is no such thing as a “Good Guy” or a “Bad Guy”-Well, except for Lord Garmadon. When you acknowledge that you are evil, well, you are evil.
Alright, I think the idea is, all these minifigs are not united as one-the good guys surely are, but Joker and the Skeleton are in a team of their own. So are the spiders. So the good minis want the bricks to save the world and such, while Joker and the spiders probably wants it for their own nefarious purposes. But then Spencer also wants it for-well, come on, do you honestly not want a briefcase of chrome gold bricks? It would have been really funny, but sort of out of context, if the chrome gold bricks were replaced by Comic-Con exclusive figures…
Yeah, LOL! if that briefcase would have been full of Comic-Con figures everything would be justified! As far as good and evil, it is a discussion pondered by philosophers for centuries. In its simplest form I would say that if getting what you want requires to step over other’s rights for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then that’s the dark side. If you are enhancing your own life, and the life of others you are on the side of light.
It is really not that complicated as all living beings require the same thing to be happy; they want to feel safe, be healthy, have satisfying nourishment, meaningful relationships, and have a sense that they are free to grow and prosper. Fear, death, torture, imprisonment, hunger, poverty, disease is what all living entities try to avoid. This includes humans, animals, birds, going all the way down to the smallest life-form.
In some of the anchient scriptures I have read it said that in previous millenia demons and demigods lived on different planets. Then later they lived on the same planet, and in this age they live within the same body. I don’t know how literally this can be taken, but the point is that in our times we all have the potential to be either givers or takers, and the same person may be a giver in one area of their life, and a taker in another. Our struggle is to at least keep a balance. Those who are mostly givers are considered heroes, saints, and inspire generations (Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, etc.). Which is wonderful, but also sad. It seems to indicate that being a taker is more the norm these days…
That is exactly what defines evil.
And, I can see Fiko’s point of view, too. So, in a sense Spencer is evil, too. He is taking the (lives?) of other people who want the thing he has (the gold bricks), so he can claim them as his own.
Yeah, it may be badguy fighting other badguys. They should just give those gold bricks to us and we would put them to good use. 😉
So awesome! That part where Batman blew up was hilarious!
*Spencer throws LEGO grenade at Batman*]
*Batman looks down*
He is so cruel to all those megafigs… 🙁
The CGI was enourmously well done.
I am actually a bit gung-ho for the shooting, but the film is all shooting. They could have added some useful backstory. For example, how did he get the bricks? Why do they exist? Who created them? Also, perhaps Spencer could be portrayed as a sort of antihero.
P.S. If you are wondering why I am writing at 10:52 PM, well, its a rare occasion.
for 2 days straight (including yesterday and the 24th) I’ve been on my computer till 12. dunno why, but my parents were just watching tv, or on the computer too. and my brother. also AMAZING brickfilm/animation!
I posted quite a few of my comments at around 4 or 5 A.M in the morning. Of course, I won’t dare do that on a weekday…
Yeah, the story is kind of poor, but all the action and shooting give a good represantion of what can be done with these techniques. There is so much potential! 😀
also i’m in the UK so im several hours ahead (its 8:48)
I think a nice touch would have been to use a non-lego weapon for Spencer.
Also, Spencer’s acting is a little second-rate in my opinion.
Yeah, I think the minifigs are better actors. 😉
Yeah, but I wish the minifigs hadn’t been killed so easily. Especially Batman and Darth Maul. Really hated how Maul was exploded by sith lightning. 🙁
I know, there was not even a fair fight. I would have liked to see Spencer knocked about a bit.