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Want to know all the stuff 'The Lego Movie' is riffing on? Here's a reference guide

Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.

Correction: A lot of assembly.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch all these references in a single viewing.

That, happily, is where we come in. Check below for a guide to some of the film’s most notable references, compiled both from the movie itself and a close reading of its actual script. And since the film’s jam-packed enough that there’s no way to note everything Lord and Miller are riffing on, feel free to add missing pieces in the comments. Caution: It’s spoiler city down there. READ FULL STORY

'The Lego Movie': Did it make you cry? -- POLL

In the past, I’ve made no secret of my love for animated films — especially the ones that can reach into my cold, dark soul and flip the switch labeled “feelings.” And I know I’m not alone. In fact, when the subject of tear-inducing animated movies came up on the Editors Hour on Sirius XM this past week, we had dozens of callers who could all point out different cartoons that made them weep. The one that surprised me the most? The Lego Movie.

Now, at that point, the movie had not been released yet. But our producer Jennifer, who had seen an early screening, insisted that it made her misty. So when I went to see the movie this weekend — joined, apparently, by the rest of the movie-going world — I fully expected waterworks…only to surprisingly find myself dry-eyed by the end of the film.

That’s not to say it wasn’t a moving film. [Spoiler alert: Movie specifics ahead.] READ FULL STORY

A different kind of 'Lego Movie': Celebrate Eddie Izzard's birthday with his Lego stand-up -- VIDEO

Stop what you’re doing and take a moment to wish the brilliant, cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzard a “happy birthday.” The man is a British national treasure, and I’m flabbergasted that he hasn’t been knighted already. Eddie is like a super-combo of Monty Python and Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show. Even if the Queen isn’t a fan of his stand-up, she’s got to tip her tastefully conservative hat to how good he looks in a Chinese silk qipao. It’s a crime that he isn’t cast in more movies. Remember Mystery Men? Oh, you never saw it? Better rectify that mistake tonight, because it is the best movie ever. But I’ll save that rant for another time. Today is about Eddie.

Since everyone is so jazzed about Legos right now, what with The Lego Movie premiere, it seems only fitting to celebrate Eddie with his top three best stand-up routines as played by Lego people. I don’t know what it is about Lego people, but they are side-splittingly funny — kind of like animal voice-overs. How can you not laugh at that? (Wishbone, Homeward Bound, Milo & Otis…) So get ready for the laugh of your life, because I’m treating you to Lego people and Eddie Izzard, you lucky dog. READ FULL STORY

Fox Business is not amused by 'Lego Movie' villain Lord Business -- VIDEO

The first thing you should know about The Lego Movie: Yes, it really is that good.

The second thing you should know about The Lego Movie: Like several recent-ish family films, including but not limited to The LoraxThe Muppets, and Wall-e, it’s got an anti-conformist, anti-corporate message that’s a little hard to swallow once you consider all its tie-in merchandise. (The Lego toys, however, aren’t quite as gross as those awful Lorax car commercials.)

And as a result, Fox Business is mad. Not because of the hypocrisy inherent in the movie’s premise, but because it’s teaching kids that ginormous conglomerates are bad. Oh, and also, because main antagonist Lord Business “looks a little bit like Mitt Romney.”
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'MAD' magazine goes outside-the-blocks with 'Lego Movie' cover -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

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In honor of the new “block”buster opening this weekend, MAD magazine is getting its Lego on.

EW has the exclusive first look at the April 2014 cover of the satirical publication above, which features a Lego version of famed MAD cover boy Alfred E. Neuman.

The issue is set to hit stands on Feb. 25, but if you need your Lego fix, The Lego Movie is in theaters now. (EW gave the film an A. Seriously, it’s that good.)

And here’s an even bigger version for your Lego viewing pleasure:
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