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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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Airbnb is Giving Away a One-Night Stay in Denmark's LEGO House
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The LEGO toy company opened its 130,000-square-foot LEGO house in Billund, Denmark, at the end of September. The attraction, which contains 25 million interlocking bricks used to make everything from furniture to dinosaurs, is a LEGO-lover’s fantasy. Now fans of the toy brand can enter for a chance to spend the night there.

For one night only, one lucky family will be invited to stay at the LEGO house after hours as part of a collaboration with Airbnb. The vacation begins with superstar LEGO set designer Jamie Berard greeting the guests upon arrival. Later, the family heads to the dining room to construct their food orders out of LEGO bricks. After the plastic requests are sent to the kitchen, edible versions of the meals are served by robot waiters.

The rest of the day consists of exploring the house’s galleries and experience zones. Guests can appreciate life-sized LEGO sculptures, browse iconic sets, or assemble their own one-of-a-kind creations. But the highlight of the trip has to be the suite where the family spends the night. The armchairs, books, alarm clocks, television, and pet cat are all constructed out of LEGO bricks. One of the only features that isn’t made of blocky plastic is the bed, which is nestled in a pool of bricks beneath a rainbow LEGO waterfall.

Living room made out of LEGO bricks.
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“This really is a dream come true for any family with a passion for LEGO,” James McClure, Airbnb’s General Manager for Northern Europe, said in a statement. “I doubt there will be much sleeping as there is so much to enjoy in this incredible space.”

To enter, candidates must answer the question, “If you and your family had an infinite supply of LEGO bricks, what would you build?” in 50 to 550 characters. Submissions are open through November 16 and the winner and up to three guests will be flown to Denmark to commence their stay on November 24. The chosen visitors should be prepared to follow the house rules: LEGO-proof slippers are recommended, play is mandatory, and diving in the LEGO pool in search of that “one rare brick” is forbidden.

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New LEGO Set Honors NASA’s Female Pioneers
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For all their exemplary qualities, the LEGOs of yesteryear did have one flaw: the minifigures were predominantly male. In recent years, however, there’s been a notable uptick in female-focused sets, thanks in large part to fan-created concepts promoted through LEGO Ideas. One such project is the Women of NASA, a LEGO set celebrating some of the space agency’s most notable female figures that was posted to the LEGO Ideas last summer and has just been released for sale by the brick toy company.

The four notable NASA pioneers honored in the set are: computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, who played a major role in coding the flight software for the Apollo missions; famed first woman in space, Sally Ride; the "Mother of Hubble" Nancy Grace Roman; and astronaut and physician Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. (The original proposal also included Katherine Johnson, the mathematician at the center of Hidden Figures, but the company was reportedly not able to secure the needed approvals to feature her in the final set.)

The minifigures were created with set pieces like Hamilton’s stacks of code, scientific instruments, a microscale Hubble Space Telescope, a space shuttle, and more. The long-awaited 231-piece set officially went on sale on November 1; you can purchase it on Amazon for $24.99.


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