It was back in 2003 that I first discovered filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Along with Spin City/Scrubs/Cougartown creator Bill Lawrence, the duo created the hilarious animated series Clone High, which told the story of what would happen if the most notable names in history all went to high school together. Their reputation has only gone up in the decade since, moving from television to features and directing the hits Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. They have a one-two punch coming in 2014, and I’m dying to see the sequel 22 Jump Street, but while that movie won’t be out until summer it’s The LEGO Movie that has a full hold of my attention right now.

More than just a nice nostalgia fix (I played with LEGOs endlessly when I was a kid), I’m fascinated by the film’s production. The movie is being made with a mix of both stop-motion animation and CG, but more importantly, it was confirmed at Comic-Con this past July that absolutely everything you see in the movie, from the oceans to the sky to explosions, will actually be made of LEGO.

Like just about every animated movie out there these days, the film boasts an impressive line-up of voice actors. But what sets it apart is the number of notable pop-culture figures who will be coming together. Trailers have revealed characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Abraham Lincoln, but the movie will also be bringing together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern (voiced by Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Cobie Smulders and Jonah Hill, respectively). Thankfully it’s coming out next month, so it’s just a few weeks away.

Release Date: February 7, 2014.

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