Every piece of promo material to date for Phil Lord’s and Chris Miller’s The LEGO Movie, their upcoming animated feature set in the Lego universe, has revolved around acquainting audiences with its enormous cast of characters; a pair of full-length trailers and one trailer preview each shine a spotlight on the lion’s share of the film’s principal and supporting players, from dopey hero Emmet, to badass heroine Wyldstyle, to the evil Lord Business. (To say nothing of our own massive and exhaustive character guide for the movie.)
But Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. aren’t done introducing viewers to the endless parade of figures – sorry, people – that they’ll meet once The LEGO Movie opens up in theaters next month. In point of fact, they want to go deeper, beyond the trailers, and give their stars one-on-one time to talk about their roles in the movie. To that end, they’ve released the above featurette, where we hear from not only the aforementioned trio of primary cast members (voiced, respectively, by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Ferrell), but from a number of secondaries as well.
And, of course, Batman, because what LEGO Movie featurette would be complete without hearing from the Caped Crusader? For anyone expecting Lord and Miller to speak about the challenges of bringing the film to life, the clip will be something of a disappointment; rather than provide a legitimate inside look at what went into the production, they’ve instead offered a tongue in cheek glimpse at how these characters interact with one another off-camera while also lampooning the actors whenever possible.
Which is to say that whatever the featurette lacks in knowledge on the making of the picture, it more than makes up for with oddball amusement. That’s pretty much in line with what The LEGO Movie promises by its very concept. Nothing about this picture reads as remotely serious; it’s clear after watching just one teaser that Lord and Miller are aiming for unrelenting zaniness here, so it’s only natural that they take the same approach to putting together a behind the scenes video for the film as well.
Want to know what Lord Business thinks of being voiced by Ferrell? Curious to see who the cast thinks the real star of the movie is? Have you ever longed to hear Morgan Freeman read the phone book in an act of blatant self-parody? Then “Behind the Bricks” should be right up your alley. You won’t learn a single thing about the process of creating The LEGO Movie, but you’ll probably laugh pretty hard, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Now the only question is whether or not the film can live up to its promotional content. We’ll find out for sure come February.
The LEGO Movie hits theaters in the US on February 7th, 2014.