Warner Bros. // 2011 // 45 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // October 23rd, 2011
Like Avatar, but with choking hazards.
What is the LEGO Hero Factory? It's a top-secret construction facility, tasked with building super soldiers to police the galaxy. Yes, it may be slightly fascist, but who cares when the heroes look this awesome?!
The latest mission for our Heroes finds them heading over to a mysterious planet called Quatros. It's a magical place full of delightful foliage and an agrarian mindset. Unfortunately for the indigenous life forms, Quatros is also the home to a rare interstellar resource and the evil Aldous With -- a former Hero Professor no less -- who has taken over the planet, changed his name to Witch Doctor (of course), kidnapped a Hero rookie named Rocka, and is working hard to strip-mine Quatros into oblivion. Heroes Bulk, Stringer, Furno, Nex, and Stormer are dispatched to take care of business.
Forty-five minutes of this for your child who might fancy himself too old and too cool for normal LEGOs. But if those LEGOs can be used to fashion crazy space warriors with huge claws and swords, GAME ON! That's clearly what's going on here, as LEGO Hero Factory: Savage Planet is quite obviously geared towards an older crowd. The subject matter is a bit edgier than "Mr. LEGO guy goes for a ride in a fire truck" and there's enough bombast and mild cartoonish violence to keep it in a demographic north of the first grade.
And I have to admit: They'll eat it up. Sure the plot is derivative and it's all very noisy and tumultuous, but what modern kids cartoon isn't? The most important thing is there's a ton of eye candy on the screen, the LEGO Heroes look cool, and the CGI animation is legitimately good (especially for a straight-to-DVD production). I count that as a win.
The DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 surround, and the bonus episode "Ordeal of Fire."
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (French)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Episode