The fifth film of the Warner Brothers panel is The Lego Movie. Chris Hardwick introduces the panel, starting with Dan Lin, producer for the movie, followed by Chris McKay, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller, all directors for the film. It’s been a long day at Comic-Con, and we’re still in the first panel! Lets get into the movie based on many kids’ favorite building block!
Hardwick begins with asking how the filmmakers tackled the world of Legos. They essentially say that they’re going to do their best, which I guess is all we can ask! Hardwick asks how they made the movie, and they explain that it is a hybrid film, partially with stop motion filming, and other parts will be CGI. They are hoping that no one can tell which part is which in terms of the real blocks versus the CGI’d Lego blocks.
Hardwick brings on the footage, which is a humorous “audition” tape for all of the different Lego characters in the movie.
They reveal a ton of actors in the film, including Morgan Freeman, Charlie Day, and many others they can’t reveal yet in the film. They also talk about a few other DC Lego characters in the film, and who they are voiced by, such as Channing Tatum as Superman, Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, and Cobie Smulders will be Wonder Woman.
They also bring out a life size Lego Chris Hardwick to show off. A fun note they reveal about the film, is that they held contests of Lego short films which were adapted into the film.
The panel then moves into audience questions. The first question asks the filmmakers’ relationship with Lego during the filmmaking process. They say it was a “great partnership”, and they even visited Denmark a few times, where Lego originated.
Hardwick asks how long the film is going to take, and they “hope” 3 years is the time frame.
The next question is asking the filmmakers’ career paths. They give a real general answer, but say that The Lego Movie is the first film they feel the public is excited about. They define the Lego movie as, “the weirdest kids movie ever”.
The 3rd question asks how the makers chose which characters to use. They say they tried to include their favorite Lego figures.
The next question, comes from a little kid, asking how the filmmakers are going to manipulate the Legos “as never done before”. Odd question to answer, but they say that the entire film is made from Lego bricks. They didn’t want to “cheat” in the film, and make the film super immersive. Hardwick then turns the table on the kid, asking what he would want in the film. The kid says he forgot his list at home, but he doesn’t want to see a ton of CGI.
Chris Hardwick ends the panel with the release date, which is February 7th, 2014.
We have finally reached the finale of the Warner Brothers panel, which is Edge of Tomorrow. Along with it is a sweet surprise at the end of the panel. Before we move on, check out The Lego Movie trailer below, it does look pretty good!