In addition to being a must-have childhood toy, computer-case building material and online building sim, LEGO lends itself to the art of stop-motion particularly well. By gradually moving figures and objects over a course of several frames, LEGO can be brought to life with painstaking time and precision.
This truly is an artform for the patient, and you can read all about the original (and a couple of other favourite) brickfilm that started it all in my previous LEGO-themed Stuff to Watch. Today we’ll be taking a deeper look at LEGO remakes of famous films, games and moments in history.
You might just be surprised at what can be achieved with enough patience and plastic.
The Dark Knight Rises Trailers
Ever find yourself thinking “damn that Batman movie looked good but I wish someone would re-create it with children’s building blocks”? Well wish no more my friends, as thanks to ParanickFilmz, both trailers for The Dark Knight Rises have been lovingly recreated with small plastic characters, the original audio track and plenty of post production.
It’s not just the smooth movement and – dare I say it – “realistic” walking animations, the lip-sync and speech animations also stand-out. The original creator has posted a “making of” video that helps shine some light on how he has managed to achieve such a high standard of production, which you can watch below. Check out ParanickFilmz on YouTube to see how far this brickfilm director has come in a few years, and subscribe to be kept in the loop about bigger and better productions.
Felix Baumgartner’s Stratos Jump
Remember Felix Baumgartner’s iconic descent to Earth from the stratosphere last year? Well here it is, in LEGO form! Ok, so it’s not quite the same – I’m not sure how easy it would be to control LEGO pieces at 128,000 feet – but this plastic tribute should bring a smile to your face. You can watch the original jump in the video below, in case you’re monitoring for authenticity or something…
GTA V in LEGO
Rockstar Games’ upcoming sequel to GTA IV is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games of the year, if not all time. The original trailer dropped a long time ago and as part of last year’s Machinima Interactive Film Festival was recreated in glorious brickfilm form which you can see above. The original is below, so why not click play on both and enjoy the pixel-perfect remake?
LEGO Casino Royale
Casino Royale was arguably the last decent 007 adaptation that was worth watching, which might explain why YouTube user coccosnowball has recently gone to the trouble of painstakingly recreating the first three-and-a-half electrifying moments in LEGO stop-motion form. If there’s one thing I absolutely love about this it’s the attention to detail in the lighting and the overall “noir” feel. The uploader has even uploaded a side-by-side comparison of his feature compared to the original which you can watch below if you do so wish.
Like many of the popular brickfilm directors who have put their work on YouTube, coccosnowball is a talented filmmaker who is closely involved with the Bricktease project. If you’d like to see more quality LEGO productions then watch the video below to find out how you can help out!
The Guardian’s Brick by Brick
Did you know that British newspaper The Guardian are involved in brickfilm? Nor did I until I saw the LEGO remake of Usain Bolt’s famous Olympic sprint, below. They in fact have a whole playlist of sporting moments re-created in plastic which has been embedded, below.
The Fastest LEGO Star Wars Story Ever Told
Love Star Wars? Love LEGO? Love stories that take hours to tell being condensed into two and a half minutes? If anything this epic LEGO speedrun of the Star Wars prequels outlines how ridiculous the plot has become, but it’s still very entertaining.
Bonus Mention: Rymdreglage – 8-bit Trip (Music Video)
Not a film, or a TV show, or a video game, or even an existing music video – just a music video, that took 1500 hours worth of moving and shooting plastic bricks. The results are so silky-smooth and beautiful that I simply couldn’t leave it out. I don’t know how you pronounce Rymdreglage, but you can catch up with the Swedish chiptune act here.
Have you seen any good brickfilm remakes recently? Post your favourites in the comments!