One of Screen Rant’s most anticipated movies arriving in 2014 features superheroes, A-list stars and could be one of the 3D events of the year – yes, we’re talking about The LEGO Movie. Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation) leads the way as the ordinary LEGO-man Emmet, who joins forces with various LEGO DC characters and historical figures in order to save the world from an evil mastermind (Will Ferrell).
A newly-unveiled LEGO Movie TV promo showcases the 3D animation (best described as “stop-motion-y”) co-directed by Robot Chicken veteran Chris McKay, in addition to even more of the pop culture-savvy humor that writers/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) are known for.
In addition, character posters have been released for two potential standouts in the film: LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) and LEGO Superman (Channing Tatum). Other LEGO Justice Leaguers who will pop up in the movie include Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders); meanwhile, Flash (voice actor TBD) makes a brief appearance in the latest TV spot.
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UPDATE: Here is an additional LEGO Movie poster, featuring Benny the 1970s astronaut (voiced by fan-favorite Charlie Day of Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame):
Lord and Miller are known for making comedies that are heavy on the witty self-aware humor and sly commentary, and The LEGO Movie seems like another chip off that same block. Given the sheer number of clever visual gags, jokes with different meanings for kids and adults, and the many playful vocal performances teased in the preview footage thus far, this could be one of the rare movies that appeals to the juice box crowd and legal-age moviegoers in equal measure.
Pratt is also poised to finally breakout as a live-action star in Marvel Studios’ quirky sci-fi offering Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, before he goes to battle dinosaurs in next year’s anticipated release Jurassic World (a.k.a. Jurassic Park 4). Similarly, Lord and Miller have a promising year ahead of them, between LEGO Movie and their upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street – another title that ranked on Screen Rant’s Top 20 Anticipated Films in 2014.
The LEGO Movie opens in 2D and 3D theaters on February 7th, 2014.