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'The Lego Movie' Film Makers Reveal How They Avoided The Embarrassment Of Auditions For Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt (VIDEO)

27/01/2015 12:26 GMT | Updated 27/01/2015 13:00 GMT

It’s a good time to be a primary-coloured brick.

The idea of a film built around a game hasn’t always been a guaranteed box office bonanza ('Battleship', anyone?), but somehow 'The Lego Movie' has just worked.

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'The Lego Movie' helpfully provided its very own adjective for impressed fans

Acclaimed by surprised critics, loved by children and adults alike, this homage to construction has bulldozed its way through cinemas, becoming the UK's highest-grossing film of 2014, and singing to the tune of a pretty awesome $468 million in worldwide box office receipts.

WATCH our exclusive video chat with the brains behind ‘The Lego Movie’ above

When the Oscar nominations were announced earlier this month, the biggest outcry was reserved for the omission of this fine film from the shortlist for Best Animated Feature.

BAFTA voters have proved far less short-sighted, including 'The Lego Movie' alongside 'The Boxtrolls' and 'Big Hero 6'. And the brains behind the film have already collected a respective amount of tableware, including a Producers Guild Award that should go some way to easing any Academy pain.

We have an exclusive chat with writers/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, in which they discuss the prospect of casting without the embarrassment of auditions, how surreal the recording process got, and why they were able to leave it all a bit “messier” than they planned. Watch them above.

A spin-off film, featuring Batman from the film, is scheduled to be released in 2017, with a direct sequel planned for the following year.

The BAFTA Awards will be presented on Sunday 8 February. 'The Lego Movie' is available now on DVD. Watch the trailer below...

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