Who doesn’t love a good LEGO movie? They’ve gone and done it again, creating a sort of prequel to “Jurassic World” that delves into the creation of the main dinosaur from the film, the Indominus Rex. Featuring the voice talents of Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as park mascot DinoMan/Hot Dog Man, as well as actors from “Jurassic World” reprising their roles Jake Johnson as Lowry, Lauren Lapkus as Vivian, and BD Wong as Dr. Wu. And the actor they got to play Chris Pratt’s role of Owen, AJ LoCascio, does an excellent job of approximating his performance.
Park founder Simon Masrani accidentally destroys the aviary while piloting his helicopter (badly, I might add), Claire is forced to find a new and even better attraction. She goes to Dr. Wu, the lead genetisist to see what cool new hybrids he’s created. He presents to her and Owen the Indominious Rex. Claire is thrilled, but Owen has apprehensions. After feeding the dinosaur hot dogs, she spies poor (in a new costume) Hot Dog Man outside her pen and breaks loose. Owen and the security team must race into the jungle of the park to stop the Indominous Rex before it breaks more dinosaurs out of their pens and causes chaos all over the park!
At only 24 minutes, this short film debuted on You Tube as five-minute shorts over the course of a week back in October 2016 and was later released in a combo pack with the live-action “Jurassic World”. It also has tie-ins to the video game as well. It’s a cute, silly story about dinosaurs escaping and everyone working together to get them contained. The main short-coming is the under-utilization of the fact that it’s a LEGO movie! Nobody really builds anything or falls apart. You know, the fun part of LEGOs. But all in all, it’s a fun little movie. And it makes me want to watch “Jurassic Park” for the 7,000th time.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Snack Packs
Lincoln L. Hayes is an actor and filmmaker living in Vermont. He hosts a movie podcast you can find on iTunes and in the Google Play Store. You should listen. http://www.lincolnlhayes.com