Topic: Brickfilm of the Week: The Peril of Doc Ock (Mar 20, 2015)
This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Peril of Doc Ock by Tony Mines and Tim Drage.
This was it. This was the moment that many brickfilmers got their first taste of just how expansive, dynamic, cinematic and professional brickfilms could look. Sure, Tony Mines and Tim Drage had made other great brickfilms before, most of them for the LEGO Company, but The Peril of Doc Ock is arguably the first professionally-produced brickfilm that captured the adrenaline-pumping action of a Hollywood blockbuster. Released in 2004, The Peril of Doc Ock made a big splash in the brickfilm community, and influenced many brickfilmers including Zach “MindGame” Macias. Tony Mines and Tim Drage, the talent behind Spite Your Face Productions, also created brickfilms like All of the Dead and One: A Space Odyssey before getting their big LEGO break with Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO. This grabbed the attention of The LEGO Group, and Spite Your Face went on to make The Han Solo Affair and The Peril of Doc Ock for The LEGO Group.
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Thanks to the skill of Spite Your Face, The Peril of Doc Ock achieved a polish in brickfilming that wouldn’t be matched by many others until half a decade later. With a charming mix of humor and action, this film was also a great marketing tool for The LEGO Group and Sony, for the release of Spider-Man 2. The Peril of Doc Ock also comes with an alternate ending, and includes some of my favorite animation at 2:40. Recently, Spite Your Face has launched a Tumblr blog that has been revealing lots of behind the scenes info about The Peril of Doc Ock and other Spite Your Face productions.
What are your thoughts on The Peril of Doc Ock? What did you like about it? What did you think of the animation and action scenes? Did you have a favorite moment?