REVIEW: LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC SUPER HEROES UNITE

 

CAST (VOICES)

Troy Baker (Dragon Ball Z)
Travis Willingham (Marvel Anime)
Christopher Corey Smith (The Twelve Kingdoms)
Clancy Brown (Highlander)
Brian Bloom (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
Steve Blum (Wolverine and The X-Men)
Cam Clarke (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987)
Townsend Coleman (Fraggle Rock)
Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs)
Charlie Schlatter (Batman Unlimited)

The movie begins with Batman and Superman taking on Lex Luthor and flashes back to the “Man of the Year” award ceremony which quickly gets out of control when the Joker leads a group of villains (including the Penquin, Harley Quinn, Riddler, Two-Face and Catwoman) to crash the party. And what better way to stop a villain team up then by getting together a few “super” friends like Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg and The Flash. There are plenty of other characters that show up along the way as well.

The film itself is fun for all ages, with enough Lego humor for the kids and plenty of jokes that will probably be over their heads including references to the Batman films going all the way back to the 1960s. Kudos to the design team for their parody of the original 1989 Batman film opening, as well as the use of that iconic Danny Elfman music and the John Williams Superman score. The voice work is solid and though I prefer the voice cast of Arkham Asylum, this group of actors does a wonderful job portraying these characters in a more kid friendly way.

The bonus features are great as well and include a short feature called “Building Batman” behinds the scenes in the Lego animation studio with a few kids getting to work with the resident animator, 2 episodes of The Brave and the Bold and one from Teen Titans, a Lego Batman stop-motion short, and 5 winning shorts from the Lego DC Universe Super Heroes Video Contest. There are various languages options but unfortunately no commentary which I would have loved to hear from the director or lead animator about the production. The pack-in of Clark Kent with the “S” exposed is a nice add on for Lego collectors as well.

Ultimately this is a great release. It’s a fun film for all ages and  worth a look.

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