Lego movies -- We make our own animated short with the popular toys

By Scott Brown and Ann Limpert
Updated December 08, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Lego movies

It’s a little-known fact that the average person’s filmmaking skills peak at age 8. We discovered this after two long nights spent with the ingenious and utterly addictive LEGO & Steven Spielberg Moviemaker Set (ages 8-16).

Sanctioned by Spielberg himself (and influenced by his oeuvre), the kit includes a nifty digital camera/mike, props, backdrops, and some smiling LEGO actors (who’ll never go on strike) — and a badass dinosaur. Using all this low-priced technology, we went to work.

We began with that most fundamental of filmic concepts: the dino attack. Assembled, it consists of a giant foot, a street that splits open, two breakaway skyscrapers, some human actors, and the aforementioned badass dinosaur.

The director (who looks just like you know who) frames his shots from a working camera sled — and so can you, after you’ve set up the camera (which functions in stop-action or continuous-video mode).

With the set built and our computer fired up, we were ready to bring in a Dogma 95 version of Jurassic Park 3 on schedule and under budget ($179.99, the cost of the kit). Then, in the spirit of Hollywood caprice, we decided to shoot a Holiday Movie Preview instead. After all, LEGO claims that you can make any movie you want — provided it involves car crashes and, of course, a badass dinosaur.

To view our holiday opus, search for “LEGO” at (AOL Keyword: EW). To sample some real LEGO cinema, check out To sign that badass dinosaur, call his agent.