Topic: Brickfilm of the Week: 2001: A LEGO Odyssey (June 19, 2015)

This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is 2001: A LEGO Odyssey by Marc Atkin.

2001: A LEGO Odyssey is both a homage to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and to the LEGO building toy and spans several eras. It was made in 2001 by Marc Atkin. Marc Atkin was a member of the early LEGO fan site LUGNET, and his films were in the Brickfilms.com directory. His only other film is Jar Jar Binks and the French Revolution.

Watch 2001: A LEGO Odyssey on the Brickfilm Archive

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SPOILERY DISCUSSION BELOW!

Before we dive into analyzing 2001: A LEGO Odyssey, let’s remember a few things. This film was made in 2000 (released in 2001), on a Powerbook without any stop-motion animation software. When viewing a film it is important to remember the context of when the film was made. There is a time and a place to critique a film’s frame rate or animation, and this is not that time.

With that said, let’s talk about 2001: A LEGO Odyssey’s great strength: its great editing. Like the Kubrick film it homages, this film features very clever editing that helps drive the story.  Cuts are carefully chosen, like the flying brick fading to the rolling wheel at 1:05. Also observe how the story is told: man finds simple LEGO, he smiles. Woman finds more complex but still interesting LEGO, she smiles. Man finds the infamous dumbed-down LEGO of the 1990s. He frowns. This simple repetition tells us so much without a single word of snarky dialog. And again, in the end, we see a similar transition: from the monolith, to a Mindstorms RCX computer brick, to a simple 2x4 red brick.

What are your thoughts on 2001: A LEGO Odyssey? What did you like about it? What did you think of the editing, and how it helped tell the story? Did you have a favorite moment?

Re: Brickfilm of the Week: 2001: A LEGO Odyssey (June 19, 2015)

This is totally awesome.  I actually looked around video sites for any 2001-themed Lego animations, but I DEFINITELY missed this one.  I hate summer because I won't be able to watch this until later this weekend, and I'll be amped up until I see it.

Re: Brickfilm of the Week: 2001: A LEGO Odyssey (June 19, 2015)

This is archived in Google Drive and google is blocked from my computer.  Is there an alternate location?

Or someone can email me the file: holdingourown "at" ymail. "dot" com

Re: Brickfilm of the Week: 2001: A LEGO Odyssey (June 19, 2015)

I have sent the file, HOO. Also, if you're looking for 2001-themed brickfilms, you might have seen these already but two of the other best-known ones are Also Thwacked Zarathustra by Thomas Foote and ONE: A Space Odyssey by Spite Your Face Productions, both also released in 2001.

Re: Brickfilm of the Week: 2001: A LEGO Odyssey (June 19, 2015)

Yes.  I love those two.  I found them about a year or so ago, when I went looking!  Thx for your help!

Re: Brickfilm of the Week: 2001: A LEGO Odyssey (June 19, 2015)

I had no idea that BURP bricks were hated so much mini/tongue

This film was really fun, in a way, it made little sense, but in another way, it made tons of sense (kind of like the original 2001: A Space Odyssey! mini/wink ) You were right to say not to judge the film based on framerate. Once I began watching this film, my eyes adjusted to the framerate, and I could appreciate the film for what it was: a good brickfilm.

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Re: Brickfilm of the Week: 2001: A LEGO Odyssey (June 19, 2015)

Yeah.  I hate BURP pieces andf other non-brick-built thigs, because I'm from the old-school.  Like those Dinos ijn Jurassic World sets.   You know, I'd enjoy to put them together from regular bricks rather than 3 to 4 big pieces.

Anyway, I saw the film and loved it!  Loved the use of a few retro sets in it too!