LEGO recently released a video on Netflix called The Indominus Escape. The film itself is not actually a movie. It clocks in at about 24 minutes, making it more of an animated short. Having enjoyed the previous LEGO films, and being a huge fan of Jurassic Park and the LEGO Jurassic World theme, I decided to watch this one as well, and share my thoughts with you.
I found the timing of this film to be a little strange. Given that it features all of the sets from the Jurassic World theme, I feel like an earlier released would have been smarter from a marketing perspective. The LEGO sets seen in the movie are on their way out. My local Walmarts and LEGO Store don’t carry them anymore, and have not for a while. Toys R Us had a big sale on them a couple of weeks ago too, and no longer has much stock. This animated short is really aimed at a younger audience, and makes the Jurassic Park franchise accessible to younger kids whose parents might not allow them to watch the live action films. So, if they see this video now, they won’t really be able to get the sets that go with it.
So, what did I think of the actual film? It was okay. I did not like it as much as some of the other ones that I have watched. Like I mentioned before, it is really aimed at small children. I feel like it lacked much of humour that makes it enjoyable for adults as well. That is not to say that it did not have moments that made me chuckle, just not many.
They story was a little rushed, I supposed to maintain the interest of younger, shorter attention spans. Simon Masrani’s character didn’t really make much sense to me and deviated a lot from the original in a way that was more stupid than funny. I could have done without his entire pterodactyl sequence, it was really poorly thought out. And, pterodactyls were not dinosaurs as he calls them in one scene…
I did like the inclusion of Minifigures from Series 5 and 13. Hotdog guy is one of my all time favorites, so it was great to see him with a starring role. I also loved the scene where they realize that Indominus Rex can change colours, the plaid was funny. My favorite scene is from the raptor pen though, when Owen comments on the flimsy construction of the rails after the new guy falls into the pen. Then the remake of the raptor taming scene was pretty good too.
As I said before, this video is for little kids. Adults will probably find a few chuckle-worthy points in it, but overall it is not my favorite of the LEGO animated films. Let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment. Until next time,