These new posters for The LEGO Movie make me want to play with LEGO toys. The trailers for the film have a similar effect. And then I remember the tiny pieces and increasingly complex instructions that come with LEGO and I’m feeling compelled to shift my focus to nostalgic memories of simpler LEGO times, while also anticipating the film that's due out in a few months. These two new posters remind us that the upcoming movie has a pretty great voice cast, which includes Charlie Day and Morgan Freeman.
Seen above, dressed in blue, we have Charlie Day’s Benny, the 1980-something space guy. Is he NASA space or Star Wars space? Does it matter?I don’t think it does because space is cool either way and the 80s loves LEGO, so Benny is in. It's also well worth noting that Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pacific Rim) is funny, so hopefully the same will be said for his character.
The other poster to make its way online today is Morgan Freeman’s glowy-eyed Vitruvius.
Vitruvius is described as wise and powerful, which is an act that Morgan Freeman wears well, whether he’s talking about penguins, being the guy that can get things or literally playing God. Whatever you say, Morgan Freeman, we believe you.
Some of the other characters in the film were previously introduced in some recent clips.
Set to arrive in theaters February 7, The LEGO Movie centers on an ordinary LEGO mini-figure who’s mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder and recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. In addition to Charlie Day and Morgan Freeman, the voice-cast for the movie includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie. There’s also Will Arnett, who — based on the trailers — stands a good chance of stealing the show with his dramatic Batman character.
The humor is one of the draws of the film, as is the great voice cast, but as I mentioned earlier, there’s the added layer of nostalgia that comes with LEGO, which have been around for decades, and that could certainly help fill seats for this one, much in the way Wreck-It Ralph was able to do with its nostalgic nod to classic video games.
Check out the most recent trailer for The LEGO Movie below: