The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie
Emmet is seen running away from a bright light with other Lego characters running alongside him.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPhil Lord
Christopher Miller
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
Story by
  • Dan Hageman
  • Kevin Hageman
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
Based onLego Construction Toys
Starring
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography
  • Pablo Plaisted (live-action sequences)
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 1, 2014 (2014-02-01) (Regency Village Theater)
  • February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06) (Denmark)
  • February 7, 2014 (2014-02-07) (United States)
  • April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03) (Australia)
Running time
100 minutes[4]
Country
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60–65 million[6][7]
Box office$468.1 million[8]

The Lego Movie is a 2014 computer-animated comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a story by Lord, Miller, and Dan and Kevin Hageman. Based on the Lego line of construction toys, its story focuses on an ordinary Lego minifigure who finds himself helping a resistance stop a tyrannical businessman from gluing everything in the Lego world into his vision of perfection. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman provide their voices for the film's main characters. The film was dedicated to Kathleen Fleming, the former director of entertainment development of the Lego company, following her death in Cancún, Mexico, in April 2013.[9][10]

The first film produced by the Warner Animation Group, The Lego Movie was released on February 7, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $468 million worldwide against its $60 million budget, and received praise for its animation, acting, story, and humor. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, and the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film; it was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Everything Is Awesome".

The film has since expanded into a major franchise which ties into the Lego brand, with the sequel The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part released in 2019. The spin-off films The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie were both released in 2017, while a 4D film based on the film itself, entitled The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure, was released to Legoland parks across the world after its premiere at Legoland Florida in 2016. A 2-D animated TV series, featuring the character Unikitty, premiered on Cartoon Network in 2017.

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (May 6, 2014). "Warner Bros. Sets Two New Animation Releases for 2017 and 2018". Variety. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018. "Lego," the first film to go out as a Warner Animation Group title, has overperformed with $457 million worldwide and set a sequel for release on May 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Lego Movie". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Archived from the original on May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lego Movie tops Aussie box office for its opening week". MediaDay. April 11, 2014. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Lego Movie (U)". British Board of Film Classification. January 17, 2014. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "The Lego Movie (2014)". British Film Institute. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "'Lego Movie' Can Save Warner Bros. Animation". Forbes. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
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  8. ^ "The LEGO Movie (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on March 5, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "Kathleen Fleming, Lego Production Exec, Dies at 39". Variety. May 3, 2013. Archived from the original on May 6, 2013.
  10. ^ "Muere turista canadiense al caer de un balcón en Cancún". Excélsior. May 8, 2013. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.

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