Animation Co-Director Chris McKay Talks THE LEGO MOVIE, How the Story Changed During Production, Cameos, Blu-ray Extras, and More

     February 8, 2014


As I have said many times, director Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie exceeded my lofty expectations.  Loaded with great animation, a fun story, humor for both kids and adults, and an insanely addictive song (“Everything is Awesome”), The LEGO Movie is truly something special and I strongly recommend checking it out this weekend.  If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s been made using a mix of stop-motion and CG animation and the pic revolves around Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell).  The film also features the voices of Elizabeth BanksMorgan FreemanLiam NeesonWill ArnettNick OffermanCharlie DayChanning TatumJonah HillAlison Brie, and many others.

At the recent press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with animation-co-director Chris McKay.  He talked about the positive critical reaction, whether they have any jokes for adults that went too far, how much of the film is CG vs. stop-motion, story changes during production, whether they’re thinking about a sequel, character cameos, the LEGO sets being made for the movie, getting to incorporate Space LEGOs, what will be on the Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris McKay:

  • What does it mean to have everyone loving the film?
  • Talks about what they hoped to do with the film.
  • Did they have any jokes for adults that they realized went a bit too far?
  • Who do I need to talk to for a prop from the film?
  • How the film is a mix of CG and stop-motion
  • How much of the story changed during production?
  • Did they try and get certain characters to cameo that ended up not happening?
  • Is he already thinking about a sequel?
  • Talks about the Lego sets being made for the movie.
  • How much fun was it to be able to use Space Lego’s in the movie.
  • What will be on the Blu-ray?

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