Hot on the heels of the international success of The Lego Movie comes another plastic toy set made real, with Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels set to enter production.
It'll be a CG movie as you might expect, one directed by Lino Di Salvo -- a man who rose to film industry superfame thanks to being the head of animation on Disney's shock animated world-conqueror Frozen, also working on modern CG tales Tangled and Bolt.
Variety reports that Di Salvo has been handed a cheque for $75 million to pay for production, saying of the job: "I am thrilled at the prospect of developing the Playmobil film. As a father and a filmmaker, to create a film about your son’s favorite toy, what else do you want?"
Given the film's title Robbers, Thieves & Rebels, it sounds like we're going to get some sort of modern attitude fest, probably without all the self-referential business that made the Lego Movie work on so many levels.
And as Playmobil is universally known as the crap Lego for stupider children, it makes sense that the film itself might be a crappy clone of the Lego film. Plot lines might include:
- Who put the toy in the washing machine?
- Who swapped the heads around?
- No you can't have that one, it's £70
- Who's been biting this one?
- Why children can't have more toys if they can't look after their existing toys (dad-pleasing subtext)
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