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February 13, 2014

Creators build goofy good fun in 'Lego Movie'

Ever wonder how children can spend hours sticking one colored block into another, over and over again?

Maybe in their minds they’re creating a world like the one in “The Lego Movie.”

While animated movies seem more and more alike with each passing week, “The Lego Movie” gives the industry a swift and amusing kick in the pants.

It’s a refreshing, imaginative and unique film that is without question aimed at kids, but one that adults won’t have to be dragged to kicking and screaming.

Emmet Brickowski, voiced nimbly by Chris Pratt (“Parks and Recreation”), is the would-be hero of the story. He’s as ordinary as any Lego figure could be, willingly — and quite happily — conforming to society’s directives and literally following an instructional manual for everything in life.

Everything isn’t quite as awesome as it appears on the colorful surface of his Lego city, however. Emmet runs into a mysterious female named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), who believes that he is the Special, a brilliant and unique Master Builder who can save the universe from impending doom.

Dim-witted Emmet has never had an actual original thought, but he’s willing to play along and finds himself caught up in the adventure of a lifetime.

Will Ferrell voices President Business, a cheerful leader of the land who is secretly implementing a dastardly plan. Morgan Freeman is perfect as a kindly and powerful wizard; likewise Will Arnett as an arrogant Lego Batman.

Most amusing is Liam Neeson, who plays the violent Bad Cop, and his more kindly opposite, Good Cop, with comical fervor.

Cameo guest voices include Channing Tatum, Billy Dee Williams (Lego Lando!), Shaquille O’Neal, Jonah Hill and Will Forte.

“The Lego Movie” is visually outstanding. The digital animation looks like stop-motion, and everything in the animated universe looks as if it’s been made with real Lego blocks, right down to the clouds and the water.

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