“LEGO Toy Story and Fifty Shades of Grey Crossover”
“LEGO Fast and Furious”
“The LEGO Movie” did it first, proving that everything can indeed be both cinematic and awesome when translated into teensy plastic playtoys. Now the franchise expands out with “The LEGO Batman Movie,” an already well-recieved entry into the constantly evolving Batman canon. Which got us thinking…what other franchises could snap together with the aid of their own all-LEGO treatment? Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Yes, this one is kind of a cheat, as the hugely popular series has already spawned its own LEGO sets, so we already know just how adorable Harry, Ron and Hermione all look in toy form. But considering the appetite for the franchise has never quite abated, and the fact that even its most wonderfully cast actors have started aging out of roles, why not LEGO this one up? It sounds…magical. – Kate Erbland
The “John Wick” franchise is all about hyper-stylized violence that could never take place in real life. A LEGO version of the material would only help to extend its embellished style. Imagine blocky Keanu Reeves knocking off round yellow heads while intoning in a whispery voice about his unrelenting fury. Who wouldn’t watch that? Plus, there’s a real opportunity for some LEGO canine action. – Eric Kohn
The chatty romantic lives of Jesse and Celine have been animated once before, in Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped “Waking Life,” so it wouldn’t be such a stretch to put them into this surreal context, where their existential ruminations would take on whole new ramifications. Is the couple’s decade-spanning romance just the fantasy of a high-minded kid taking his play sessions to a whole new level? Reddit forums would explode with endless theories. – Eric Kohn
After two excellent installments (“Ghost Protocol.” “Rogue Nation”), Tom Cruise’s “Mission:Impossible” franchise is healthier than ever in its live-action form, but that doesn’t make the thought of a LEGO version any less exciting. Cruise’s action persona is so incredibly ripe for the kind of meta-satire that the LEGO franchise has made its uproarious trademark, and the same could be said for the entire action-spy genre. But it’s really the chance to see those trademark “Mission: Impossible” action set pieces in LEGO form that would prove irresistible. Imagine that insane Burj Khalifa scene from “Ghost Protocol” but rendered with the 3D tactile animation that makes these LEGO movies so eye-popping. We’d buy our tickets in a heartbeat. – Zack Sharf
So many of these hypothetical LEGO worlds involve lush, colorful cityscapes or picturesque natural vistas. But the barren deserts of the Mad Max-iverse would give animators a chance to focus on a different kind of adventure on a literal granular level. The car chases through a mirage at high noon, the pursuit of Max through the tunnels of the oil blood prison, LEGO Furiosa dropping to her knees as a million tiny sand bricks glisten over the dunes. Might not happen tomorrow, but we’re heading toward an R-rated LEGO movie and it should probably be this one.
(OK, this is actually all pretense for the sole reason for ever wanting something like this on screen: future generations of eager movie fans of all ages need – nay, deserve – to have a LEGO version of Flamethrower Guitar Dude. Let’s make it happen.) – Steve Greene
Because one LEGO movie built around a raging, apathetic narcissist voiced by Will Arnett is not enough! If anything, transposing “BoJack” to a different animation process would give everyone involved the challenge to fuse the established LEGO CGI bricks with the Lisa Hanawalt-driven character design of the Netflix series. For any writers, the potential mix of brick and animal puns would be an endless source of quick sight gags. If nothing else, there’s a rich opportunity for any enterprising designer who wants to build the set of “Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let’s Find Out!” entirely out of LEGO. (Bonus points for a working, unfurling Mr. Peanutbutter tongue.) Given the show’s established willingness to dabble in different animation styles (go watch the “Downer Ending” episode if you haven’t already), you can’t count out Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Co. bringing the party to them rather than the other way around. – Steve Greene
It’s been 25 years since “Wayne’s World” first hit theaters, and while cinemas across the U.S. celebrated director Penelope Spheeris’ comedy classic with anniversary screenings this week, the “Saturday Night Live” spinoff film would also be a great fit for a LEGO version. Why? The satirical, irreverent humor of “Wayne’s World” is a perfect match with the comedic sensibilities of the Lego world, and who doesn’t want to see a LEGO version of Rob Lowe’s evil television executive Benjamin Oliver and Tia Carrere’s Crucial Taunt frontwoman Cassandra? (She’s a robo-babe.) Wayne and Garth’s Mirthmobile and Frankie “Mr. Big” Sharp’s stretch limo are also ripe for LEGO-ized versions. With kung-fu fighting, live music performances and Aurora, Illinois’ most excellent public access show, the “Wayne’s World” franchise has all the right ingredients to be the Lego series’ next totally amazing, excellent discovery. – Graham Winfrey
It’s the world’s most entirely unexpected crossover event. When Buzz Lightyear meets Magic Wanda, she buzzes her way right into his heart once he catches her high-speed vibrations. But Woody and the gang have their reservations about the sexually liberated gal, and her friends Buddy Plug and Ana Beads aren’t helping. Can Woody overcome his conservatism and accept his friend’s new partner into the fold? Done sensitively, “Fifty Shades of Toy Story” could permanently unseat “The Miracle of Life” as the go-to sex education flick the world over. – Jude Dry
LEGO can go vroom vroom, too. What a wily way to juggle a ton of characters — seriously, how many Fast-er and Furious-er dudes and dudettes are we dealing with now? dozens? — along with some jaw-dropping action sequences. The “Fast” films have always stretched the boundaries of street legal reality, and LEGO can only take that to the next level. Additional bonus: Just imagine how adorable a Vin Diesel LEGO would be. – Kate Erbland