In-House Animation Department and Legoman Will Both Return!
By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; March 15, 2013)
In a strange twist of events, Mustache Maniacs Film Co. has announced the return of the last two things that anyone would have guessed. The first is an in-house animation department, which Mustache Maniacs Film Co. hasn't had since 2009, which is when Brick Tales was closed. "However," said LEGO Studios CEO Mark Matthew, "we will have a new name for this animation department, which is Drawn To Life Animation. This is special, as this will give our animated films, especially the traditionally-animated ones, a sense of personal identity, as they've only got the standard logo on them as of now. This also comes at a crucial time, as this is another step completed for Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s tenth anniversary next year." Later this month, an animation for the animation department's new logo will be posted to Vimeo as part of the Motion Design Animation collection, and will be featured at the beginning of all of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s animated films from now on.
|The rough logo for the new in-house animation department, Drawn To Life Animation. The final version will feature more contemporary 3-D elements, like bevels and drop shadows.|
Even more shocking news, though, is the first film that will feature this new logo. The film in question is titled A Friend of the Police, which features LEGO City: Undercover star Chase McCain teaming up with...Legoman? Yes, the star of the film The Adventures of Legoman will return for his cinematic reboot. "However," said director Seth Masterson, "we are departing from the pitfalls that made the original film a failure. The first change, naturally, is the introduction of a character that is instantly familiar. In our case, that would be Chase McCain. Also, as this is an entry to the Nightly News at Nine's "Police Show" contest, this film will be much shorter than the aforementioned The Adventures of Legoman. Also, unlike the other film, which fell flat with its uneven pacing, this film will cut right to the chase...Chase McCain, that is."
However, Legoman essentially will, as the script reads, play second fiddle. "Also," added Seth Masterson, "we're introducing a villain who, until now, only existed in the Legoman stories. The villain is Questions, who steals and makes puzzles. Obviously, he's inspired by the Batman villain The Riddler, but he has proven to be a popular villain. We're also giving the characters from The Adventures of Legoman entire makeovers. Officer Max, in particular, had a face that didn't really fit his comic nature, so we're fixing that. We're also redesigning Captain Bill with a uniform to match his status, and Legoman's new suit will match a more serious tone." The film is currently in pre-production, and is anticipated to be released by mid-May of this year.
In the meantime, the first challenge for The Film School Challenge will be released on April 1, 2013, both A Bite of MyJobs and New Friends ~ An Environmental Fable will be released late May/early June, and Johnny Thunder and the Wisdom of the Ancients is scheduled to be released July 2014.