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Overall: 9
Story: 7
Animation: 9
Cinematography: 8
Effects: 9
Sound: 9

The Force Unleashed

Directed By: Fancypants

Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure, Sci-fi
Length: 0:2:23
Released: February 27th, 2010

Content Advisory:  moderate violence.

Director's Comments

My entry into the lightsaber duel animation challenge.  Turns out that making a duel is actually quite difficult, but I am pleased with how it came together.

Staff Review

Randy Yard:
"LEGO" + "Star Wars" almost always equals "a crapload of views," but when you add "not sucking" into the mix, you get a perfect storm of awesome. Exploding off of Youtube and onto digg, CollegeHumor and numerous other websites, Jordan's superbly filmed and animated fight scene has been seen and praised by people who'd never even heard of the concept of animating LEGO bricks. From the effects and masking to the camera movements to the animated acrobatics, this short is jaw-dropping even for those who have no idea how much work went into its creation. For the brickfilming community? Well, watch and be awed.

But as a reviewer, I feel obligated to ruin the fun by pointing out the few flaws present as well. Without any music to disguise the fact, it's quite noticeable that the pacing of the film speeds up and slows down more than a teenage driver in rush hour traffic. And the set is merely a bizarrely tall and empty room that, while it was easy to animate in, makes no sense if you take your mind off the eye candy on screen long enough to think about it.

That said, you'd be foolish to pass this film up. If you know Fancypants, rest assured that this is every bit as good as the best he's put out so far, and if you don't... well, you do now. Perfect? Certainly not. Worthy of 625,000+ views... including yours? You bet your life.

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