Look Out LEGO, Animated 'Playmobil' Movie is in Development Now

November 10, 2014
Source: Variety


If for some ridiculous reason The LEGO Movie just didn't do anything for you, then maybe you'll be more interested in seeing what can be done with a different toy line. The Paris-based production banner ON Entertainment is teaming with Wild Bunch and Pathe to develop an animated film based on the iconic Playmobil toys. Variety reports the film's development is being spearheaded by Bob Persichetti, who was head of story on hits like Monsters vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots and Shrek 2 at DreamWorks Animation. The film will have the same creative team that just worked on an animated film called The Little Prince.

As for the story, we're not sure what it will be about. But much like the LEGO brand, Playmobil has over 30 different worlds in which various figures and playsets exists, so the narrative possibilities are endless. The toy is an international favorite in over 100 countries worldwide, so the appeal is there to get audiences into theaters, but the story better be good. Right now the plan is to release the film around the world towards the end of 2017, the same year that Warner Bros. Animation will release their LEGO Batman spin-off film starring Will Arnett. Stay tuned for more updates.

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  • OfficialJab
    I barely recognize that name.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    The "ridiculous" reason The Lego Movie just didn't do anything for me, is because the film had too much talking, weird animation, story that was nothing special, annoying characters like Batman and the live action part ruined the film for me. I don't want to be rude but sometimes you act like your opinion would be the only one that matters EA.
    • MattPeloquin
      You're definitely in the minority here. Ethan is speaking for the majority. Have you seen its rottentomatoes or metacritic score? It's ironic because you're calling out Ethan saying that he thinks his opinion is the only one that matters while stating your opinion like it's the only one that matters.
      • Tuomas Lassila
        I did not meant in the way that my opinion would be the only one that matters. I can't help it if I didn't like the film. I just can't help it if this article makes me feel like that EA does not respect other peoples opinions if they didn't like it.
  • TheOct8pus
    Playmobil has been ripping off Lego for decades now. No surprise that they're trying to create their own movie too. I personally never liked Playmobil because unlike Lego, you can't take the sets apart and use your imagination to create an entirely new set.
  • avconsumer2
    Playmobil always seemed pretty lame compared to Lego. (Lego "space" sets anyway - was a big Lego space guy)
  • theslayer5150
    um, no. Like what was stated before, not much in the imagination department for these toys because they were stand alone playsets with specific theme...unlike Lego (or other building block toys) where you could build nearly anything, which was the basic premise of the Lego Movie. And not much in the imagination department of these film makers either, as they are simply going for a cash grab. What could the story be? Farmer Playmobile decides to go out and explore Big City Playmobile???
    Oh boy. I guess there are some people where Playmobil is their Lego...
  • matthew south
    AWESOME! I can't WAIT for the Duplo Move! Hey, btw is there any word an the Mega Bloks film?
  • borninatrailer
    Can't wait for the Go-Bots live action flicks to start.




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