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Stop the Lego Mania!

Pardon my brief rant: what is this endless fascination with all things Lego?! For those of you still blissfully unaware of this silliness, I'm referring to a phenomenon in which amateur video-makers (and sometimes even professional ones) recreate scenes from their favorite movies using Lego characters. (These are technically known as "brickfilms," and created with stop-motion animation.) It's caught on to such a degree that there are even video games for popular franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones that feature Lego characters. Which I find totally baffling, as there are few things less expressive of emotion than a tiny piece of plastic (though I suppose the films being re-created in Lego aren't that emotion-filled anyway).

In any case, I continue to be amazed at the breadth of work that's been produced for the "Lego-movie" genre, and by that measurement alone, the phenom seems flossably notable. So take note!

Lego "Thriller"

Too soon? Nah -- this was uploaded three years ago.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rawk!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"Camelot!" "It's only a model." Indeed.

Star Wars - Darth Vader Song

Lego Vader conducts an orchestra of Storm Troopers. Except instead of actual Legos, this is a slicky-produced 3D animation of Legos -- what's the point?! It's like naming your website "1800flowers.com." Is it a website or an 800 number? Is it a Lego movie or a 3D animation? Choose, dangit!

"The Simpsons" intro

A 13-year-old kid made this. Not bad!

Lego Man applies for a construction job

This is pretty cute. Is Lego Man technically disabled?

Grease - "Summer Nights"

Indiana Jones

This is pretty well-done, actually.

The Magic Portal

Widely considered to be the first "brickfilm" ever made, it was created by Lindsay Fleay in Perth, Western Australia, around 1985. And it's pretty good!

You can find more of my incoherent ranting on Twitter.

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