The LEGO Movie’s IP crossover came from watching a child play

Seven years after The LEGO Movie hit cinemas, the origin of the intense IP crossover has been detailed by director Chris Miller. 

The days of The LEGO Movie have long since passed, but it hasn’t stopped behind-the-scenes details from being revealed, sweeping us beyond the curtain once more to discuss how the idea of having so many branded characters interacting came about. 

Taking to his Twitter account, Chris Miller revealed that he had the thought when he saw his son playing with bricks and place Batman and Chewbacca together on a spaceship, making at least a portion of the movie the product of a child’s imagination. 

It’s not surprising to learn that parts of the production were inspired by children’s creativity, with that theme playing such a pivotal role in the film. However, it must have been no small task to get the owners of the properties to work together. 

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past seven years and have only heard brief whisperings of The LEGO Movie, then rest assured in the knowledge that it featured several popular franchises intermingling such as Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons and Star Wars.  

It’s possible that the director’s son did more to inspire the film as there was even a scene where Batman is riding onboard the Millennium Falcon with characters from a galaxy far, far away, like the original inspiration for the crossover. 

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