The Year in Review: 2011

By: Andrew Bermudez
(Lego Studios; December 27, 2011)
     The studio's busiest year yet is about to come to a close. In fact, we released more films this year than we have in any other preceding year with 8 films, among other things. Let's take a look back and see what was done.
     The first month of the year kicked off with The First Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Fan Choice Awards. At the ceremony, Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo took home five of the eight awards that night. "It's so great to see that, three years after its release, the film is still recognized and highly revered by our fans," said director Steven Lawrence. A work-in-progress was also announced, called Making Tracks. Originally, it was supposed to be an entry into Tales of Yore, but because of a gridlock, the project was put on indefinite hold. The popular comic series, Tales of the Adventurers, also started the brand-new story, Tale of Pirate Gold.
     On, the winner of THAC 8 was announced. The prize went to Love's Labor. Although When Barrels Fly did not win, we all congratulate the winner and well done to all who entered.
     The only occurrence that happened at the studio in March was the official announcement for the Freddy and Joey cartoons. Work on the animated teaser started soon afterwards.
     With work going on for Freddy and Joey and Forest of Fear in the month of April, there was nothing to release. In the meantime, however, Space Attack was announced and development started soon after.
     At this time, the studio was gearing up for a busy Summer with plans to release two films at the same time! Near the beginning of the month, Freddy and Joey Teaser was unveiled to show the animation's style. However, the first cartoon was delayed and instead, development for An Afternoon at the Zoo started.
     The big day came at last! On June 3rd, An Afternoon at the Zoo and Space Attack were both released! "While they were not as successful as we had hoped, we are still confident that we will have a great future ahead for us," said Lego Studios Public Relations Chairman Sam Sneed. A new announcement policy was also put into effect the same day. Later the same month, Forest of Fear finished its final, 14th, revision and filming started. The most important release in June was the all-new website, which features content on all of our films available online, as well as Tales of the Adventurers comics, links, games, and more. A behind-the-scenes video for Wonders of Buoyancy was also released.
     July is usually a busy month, but not at Lego Studios. The only two things that happened this month were the announcement of Ask Mark Matthew and the consideration for going 3-D. However, the latter project has been put on hold until further notice.
     Like July, August was a slow month at the studio. Ask Mark Matthew debuted and A Battle to Remember was announced under the working title More Than Meets the Eye, but that was it. "The Summer of 2011 was a slap in the face for us," said CEO Mark Matthew. "Usually, the Summer season is our strongest time period for growth and increase of viewership, but not this year." Fortunately, the Fall season would change that.
     The Fall got the studio back on its feet with the release of Freddy and Joey in Corn Farm. Also, during the month, the website started a major expansion to include all-new content for the fire tech documentaries and Forest of Fear, as well as a new forum. Also, during the month, filming for Forest of Fear was finished and the editing process started.
     After two years of development, Forest of Fear was finally released and soon garnered popularity, both online and at the studio's Halloween Party. Also, the film was released as part of Festival of Souls 2 on Attention was then directed at Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients.
     After years of pre-production, Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients officially began filming! While the filming is currently behind schedule, we are all confident that we will have it done by the end of 2013. Wonders of Buoyancy also received an honorable mention by physics tutor Cikgu fizik! Actually, the mention was made in October, but we were not alerted to it until November. The Festival of Souls 2 results were released as well... and Forest of Fear was nowhere to be seen. Regardless, we say congratulations to the winners and well done to all. A Facebook page for Mustache Maniacs Film Co. was also unveiled at this time.
     The year certainly ended with a bang! On December 9th, Seeing Eye Robber and A Battle to Remember were both released. However, Gone Ice Fishin' had to be pushed off into 2012 due to some technical difficulties. The same day, the game Zoo Flight was announced. Near the end of the month, the fans received a Christmas present from the studio: The Lost Ruby: An Interactive Adventure.
     Next year, we plan on doing even more than this year. The plans call for more animations in more mediums (stay tuned, CGI fans!), re-releases from our past, stories to revitalize the saga of Legoman, Flash games, more expansions to the website, more interactive adventures, more detail and intensity for next year's Tales of the Adventurers comics, more filming, more contest entries, more ideas we haven't come up with yet, more Ask Mark Matthew, and of course, more press releases to keep you all informed on the latest happenings here at the studio.
     That just about wraps up this year. And with that, we say goodbye to 2011 and I hope to see you all again in 2012.


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