Out now on DVD, released through Universal Pictures. A Threshold Animation Studio animation.
About this creation
LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, was released on DVD this week and I managed to get a hold of a copy before the official Australian release (thanks to my mate at the local DVD rental store).
When I heard about this film I automatically got the prenotion that this would be nothing more than an 87 minute advertisement for LEGO... but... it wasn't well, not totally. The film establishes Clutch Powers as a combination of Tony Stark, James Bond and Indiana Jones
The movie takes place in the LEGO universe where each planet has it's own theme. The movie starts in Lego City then goes to the Space Police prison world and then ends up on the Medi-evil planet, which makes more sense than having it all on one world.
The Cast is a list of C grade actors and experienced vioce actors. The director (Howard E. Baker) has worked on many animated projects such as Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Aeon Flux and Disney's Herculese to name a few. The writer (Tom Rogers) has worked on 6 of Disney's straight-to-DVD features.
There are a few witty moments in the movie that got a chuckle out of me. I think the movie would be good for kids, but even as an adult I did enjoy it, in spite of it's short commings.
The story was predictable, the moral has been done (and done and done and done...), the comedic relieves were not funny and the ending was rushed. And you just know that the LEGO Group is going to milk it for every dollar they can which means lots of over-priced merchandise.
The ending leaves it open to a sequel which will undoubtably happen, just like the consequent merchandise for it.
There are a few cameos from some of the current LEGO sets (Police HQ, Fire Station and the MindStorms robot), but the main characters, vehicles and buildings are new. Including a Skull Castle that's pretty cool.
In all, I found the movie to be quite enjoyable, but I wouldn't watch it again unless it were with my son.
From left: Bernie Von Beam (the smart guy and speaks with a generic mainland European accent), Peg Mooring (Aussie chic), Brick Masterson (tough guy)
Check the name tag:)
Skelly and Bones (the unfunny comedic relieves)
Hogar the friendly troll (just after regergitating Clutch)
Clutch Powers (proud with himself)
Clutch Powers - Ryan McPartlin
Peg Mooring - Yvonne Strohovski
Brick Masterson - Roger Rose
Bernie Von Beam - Jeff Glen Bennett
Kjeld Playwell (the boss) - Paul Micheal Glasser
Mallock the Malign - Stephen Cox
Really good review, it was very thorough. I saw the movie, and I thought it was, well, passable. It was neat, but it lacked the originality and glamor of BIONICLE :(. Still, I enojoyed it, mostly because Castle is my favorite line, but I doubt it would have been successful if it wasn't lego. I agree that the plot was pretty cheesy, and the moral on teamwork was overused. But still, I did find some parts very funny--the Dwarfs 'lucky socks' for example-- and I'm looking forward to the sequal. 5/5
I love the A.FOL name badge. It makes me happy that they mention all us adults that still enjoy lego. As far as Skully and Bones go, they where more funny to me because when I was a kid, any time we played in the castle theme, the skeletons where always the ones that where not too smart. We always made them out to be idiots and a little klutzy when we played. As far as making another one, I can see that happening very soon, and look forward to it. All in all, a pretty decent movie to me, and thank you for your review.