Earlier this year, one of the more unexpected box office success stories was a film animated to resemble classic stop-motion starring a bunch of plastic toys.
Of course, these weren’t just any plastic toys. These were some of the most popular and pervasive toys of the last 50 years: LEGOs. And “The Lego Movie” delivered on that all-plastic love affair by following the path blazed by Pixar Studios: Focus on story first instead of putting all your effort into the animation.
And the story is a classic. An ordinary construction worker, thought to be the prophesied “Special”, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
It’s a plot that is both very old and very new when presented with the pop culture sensibilities of toys and a post-modern sense of absurdity.
Movies in the Park at Dark:
“The Lego Movie”
Friday, begins at dusk
1428 Jenkins Rd.