Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Jada Thomas
White Station High School
Everyone remembers the sheer joy of snapping the last brightly colored brick onto hours-worth of intense concentration and creation. You may also remember the despair of having a favorite Lego masterpiece disassembled without your permission.
These two sensations are skillfully explored through Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s awesome characterization and production in The Lego Movie, an animated comedy.
Lord and Miller have also worked together on the commercial hit “Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs.” The two also worked on the cult animation show, “Clone High,” which gained Lord and Miller some recognition for being two of the youngest showrunners in the television industry at the time.
The film which proved so far to be a commercial smash, also contained an all star voice cast that included: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, and Cobie Smulders,
Viewers follow the adventure of Emmet, an average Lego construction worker. Emmet is not one of those famous Lego franchise heroes like Harry Potter or Batman.
He is meant to represent the average viewer. Desperate to fit in, he follows “the manual instructions” to a T, but what he discovers, in an amazing way, is that sometimes happiness is the unstructured, unplanned misadventure we discover along the way.
Growing up, I did not even know Legos had instructions. All of my fun in playing with them came from trying to extrapolate designs from my own imagination. With most traditional board and card games, there is always a winner.
The brilliance of Legos, on and off the screen, is that every builder is a winner because it is your own imagination that matters most.
And speaking of that, the imagination of the film’s production crew is staggering. Each Lego world is unique and carefully detailed with thousands of bricks stacked together to form vast deserts and skyscraping cityscapes. Even the hundreds of civilians featured in the film are dressed in unique plastic garb.