The LEGO Movie (2014)

Cobie As: Wonder Woman (voice)
Additional Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks
Directed By: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Written By: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family
Website: Internet Movie Database

As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

Facts & Trivia

– The term “Master Builder” is actually an official designation by the Lego Company; per their website, “LEGO® Master Builders are the highly-trained and super-creative builders who design all of the official LEGO sets. Other LEGO Master Builders create giant, detailed sculptures out of LEGO bricks for LEGOLAND® Parks and special events all around the world.”

– Vitruvius’ staff is actually a chewed up lollipop, and in most cases, the stick of a lollipop will fit a minifigure’s hand.

– In order to add more realism to the movie, the Lego bricks have scratches, fading, and even fingerprints to make the movie look like someone was manipulating real bricks in a stop-motion fashion. The Bricks are also affected by their locations, with the bricks in The Old West realm being more dusty and faded from the sunlight.

– This is the first animated film for Morgan Freeman.

– With the exception of unique pieces for the characters in the film (i.e: President Business’s hair and evil helmet) every Lego piece in the movie actually exists, and can be used in sets.

– Morgan Freeman stated that Batman, in this film, is his favorite incarnation of the character of all time.

– No simulated motion blur was used in the film, to further give it the look of a stop-motion Lego film. When scenes called for fast action, such as when Benny is building his spaceship, the animators constructed Lego brick ‘streaks’ the same colors as the characters.

– Batman, played by Will Arnett, frequently exclaims ‘Oh come on!’ during the film. This is the same catchphrase of his character Gob Bluth on “Arrested Development.”

– Cobie Smulders voices heroine Wonder Woman in a cameo role. Coincidentally, Smulders had been considered to play a live-action Wonder Woman for a movie written by Joss Whedon, who cast her as Agent Maria Hill of DC Comics’ rival company Marvel in “The Avengers” (2012). LEGO happens to have licensing rights to both comic companies.

– Emmett and Benny are the only two characters in the film whose eyes are just black dots – every other character has a white dot in their eyes.

– The Lonely Island raps toward the end of “Everything is Awesome”.