Showing posts from May, 2012

First Look at "Guard Dog"

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; May 29, 2012)      This Friday will be a big day for traditional animation, mainly because that day heralds in the releases of Gone Ice Fishin' and Guard Dog. "We are very excited about this Friday," said Lego Studios CEO Mark Matthew. "We have two great animated shorts that are all-new, which is a nice break from our recent From the Vaults re-releases." Until Friday rolls around, though, we would like to give you a first look at Guard Dog.      Unlike the laborious schedule for the Gone Ice Fishin' production, Guard Dog was a much simpler film, made in only four months. "That's not to say that quality was put on the line," said Steve Brocko, head of the traditional animation department. "On the contrary, we made sure that this film looked its absolute best. It may not be long, but the quality of animation is still at its best."      However, the character of Col. Bow Wow and the overall concept of…

First Look at "Gone Ice Fishin'"

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; May 21, 2012)      Since last October, the Lego Studios Traditional Animation Department has been working non-stop on the revolutionary brickfilm, Gone Ice Fishin'. Now, this new film is only one and a half weeks away from its release! "We are so excited about this new film," said Steve Brocko, head of the traditional animation department. "Even after all of the issues that we've had, we're finally going to have it done and released on time." While you wait for the film's release, here is a behind-the-scenes look at how two forms of animation were blended together for the film.      When the film was first conceived, the original plan was to have the ice fisherman deal with researchers who were interrupting his fishing expedition. "However," said writer Peter Samuel, "we ran into an issue when the story was submitted. Apparently, it felt too irreverent and uninteresting. The current story involving …

All New Ask Mark Matthew!

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; May 6, 2012)      Today, we bring you another 'Ask Mark Matthew,' containing 100% new material! Let's get started!
TheGashDusen writes: Would it help to simply include all the music used [in Johnny Thunder and the Gift of the Nile] in the description (or credits) with the author's name? I've heard a lot of stories of videos getting taken down due to music usage. Mark: Actually, all of the music used is credited in the end credits, so there is no need to worry about that, especially now that the final part of the said film has been re-uploaded. However, to avoid this problem in the future, all of our films (excluding some "From the Vaults" re-releases) will have original music.
robertgboyd writes: How long is this movie [Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo?] Mark: If you were to exclude the bit at the end of each part that allows you to click to get to the next part, the total running time for the film is a whopping …

Studio Update: Final Push for "Gone Ice Fishin'" and "Guard Dog"

By: Andrew Bermudez (Lego Studios; May 1, 2012)      May has just started, which brings several new things, including the start of the summer movie season, the end of the school year, and another studio update! Let's get started!      Here at the studio, the month of May also brings a sense of realization: that the two June 1st releases, Gone Ice Fishin' and Guard Dog only have one month to be completed, but are nowhere near done. "Despite this concern, we are fully confident that we will have both films done by their release date. After all, this happened to An Afternoon at the Zoo," said Steve Brocko, head of the traditional animation department.      However, Mark Matthew does not share Steve's confidence, and has decided to take action. "We need to get these two films done before their release date, so I've decided to halt all of our other projects for this month. The next Tales of the Adventurers, which is almost done, will be finished and released…