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15 Creative LEGO "Brickfilms"

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Brickfilms are animated films made using LEGO bricks, usually employing stop-motion animation. When The LEGO Movie came out last year, it was not stop-motion animation (it was actually well-designed CGI), but it was in many ways the ultimate brickfilm. Today, let's take a look at what you can do with a camera, some LEGOs, and a lot of time.

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Wow. Just wow.

2. 2001

What if 2001 had been just one minute long, and created using LEGOs? Well, here ya go.

3. Star Wars: The Han Solo Affair

Billed as Episode V 1/2, this is a somewhat goofy original (and apparently licensed!) Star Wars film. The creators discussed their creative intent in a Tumblr post.

4. The White Stripes: "Fell in Love With a Girl"

Directed by Michel Gondry, this brickfilm uses bricks to the extreme, eschewing minifigs in favor of a very brick-centric view.

5. Queen: "We Will Rock You"

Not the same intensity as The White Stripes, but nice use of a Harry Potter minifig. I wish we'd gotten to see some Freddie Mercury strutting during Brian May's solo! (Also, where's John Deacon?)

6. Star Wars Battle of Hoth

This was my introduction to brickfilms back in December. Filmmaker Kévin Ziolkowski recreated the intense snow battle from The Empire Strikes Back using various sets of LEGO Star Wars toys.

7. Star Wars Luke vs. Vader

Ziolkowski made this three years after the Hoth battle scene above, now focused on intricate character movements and glowing lightsabers. The Force is strong in this one.

8. The Dark Knight Trailer

This charmingly low-budget version of the trailer uses plenty of camera movement. Big bonus points for all the simulated LEGO gunfire.

9. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

Prepare to get meta. A brickfilm about the making of a brickfilm.

10. Breaking the Fourth Wall

Like many brickfilms, this is director Jaiden Deutschlander's first time creating animation and working with stop-motion. Not bad!

11. The Two Doctors

Two franchises collide. This is an adorable silent film, somehow with only 211 YouTube views.

12. The Good Old Days

A smart, funny short film with a point. And it's less than three minutes long!

13. I Am Legend Trailer

Could have used more stop-motion, but points for building all those sets.

14. Jaws

The shark special effects make this pretty impressive.

15. 2010 World Cup - U.S.A. vs. England

Finally, LEGO sports! Though I can't imagine what it would take to animate the rest of the match, aside from the very few goals. Yikes.

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Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

In this episode of the List Show, John Green lays out 26 playful facts about one of the world’s most beloved toy brands. To hear about the LEGO black market, the vault containing every LEGO set ever released, and more, check out the video above then subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the latest flossy content.

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Take a Virtual Peek Inside Denmark's New LEGO House
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Grown-ups who wanted to live inside the LEGO-brick homes they built as a kid can now simulate the experience by visiting the Danish toy brand’s brand-new LEGO House in the company's hometown of Billund, Denmark.

As My Modern Met reports, the experiential playhouse opened its doors to LEGO loving fans of all ages on September 28, following seven years of planning and a four-year construction period. Danish architecture firm BIG designed the nearly 130,000-square-foot playhouse’s exterior to resemble a stack of 21 plastic bricks, with multi-colored rooftop terraces.

The LEGO House contains an official LEGO history museum as well as a Masterpiece Gallery area, featuring elaborate LEGO designs by fans around the world. It also features four color-coded playrooms—each designed to nurture a specific facet of play and learning—and three eateries, including the Mini Chef family restaurant, where customers can build their own orders out of bricks and have the real-life thing served on a conveyer belt by dancing robots.

“With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play,” LEGO owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen said in a statement. “When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities.”

The LEGO House is expected to have over 250,000 paid visitors per year, although fans can visit the site’s rooftop playgrounds, shop in the LEGO store, or dine at any of its restaurants without paying an entrance fee. Access to the house’s experiential zones costs around $31, and visits must be booked in advance through the LEGO House website due to space restrictions.

Check out some photos of the LEGO House below:

Facade of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark
Facade of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark
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Aerial rooftop view of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark.
Aerial rooftop view of the LEGO Group's new LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark.
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LEGO House visitors browse the Masterpiece Gallery, a display of works by members of the brand's artistic community.
LEGO House visitors browse the Masterpiece Gallery, a display of works by members of the brand's artistic community.
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Oversize LEGO model sits on a LEGO House terrace in Billund, Denmark.
Oversize LEGO model sits on a LEGO House terrace
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Children play near the Brick Builder Waterfall at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.
Children play near the Brick Builder Waterfall at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.
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Children build LEGO flowers to plant in a special LEGO meadow at the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.
Children build LEGO flowers to plant in a special LEGO meadow.
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Kids visiting the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, play with LEGOs in the World Explorer section, which has three themed islands filled with LEGO mini-figures.
Kids play with LEGOs in the World Explorer section, which has three themed islands filled with LEGO mini-figures.
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At the MINI CHEF family restaurant, located inside the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, customers build their own order out of LEGO bricks  and have them served by dancing robots.
The MINI CHEF family restaurant, where customers build their own order out of LEGO bricks and have them served by dancing robots.
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[h/t My Modern Met]

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