A LEGO Brickumentary

Synopsis: Of all the toys arising from the 20th century, there has never been one like Lego bricks. This film covers the history of this product of Denmark and how it arose from a toy company with an owning family that refused to let either hard times or multiple fiery disasters get them down. Furthermore, we also explore the various aficionados of the product like the collectors, hobbyists, artists, architects, engineers, scientists and doctors who have found uses for this classic construction toy that go far beyond children's playtime.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Radius
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93 min

Then the factory burned down again.

But with Ole's perseverance,

it was rebuilt again,

this time mostly for making wooden toys,

until a fateful day in 1947

when Ole was visiting a toy fair.

He came across a new contraption,

a plastic molding machine.

Ole brought the first one

back to Denmark,

though not everyone was impressed.

At first, Ole used

his hand-powered molding machine

to make simple plastic toys.

But then his son Godtfred

had a brilliant idea.

I remember my father, for him,

the system was very, very important,

to turn the bricks

into a system of play.

The brick in itself is, of course,

a simple structure.

But with the number of bricks,

you have endless possibilities.

The idea stuck,

and the LEGO system of play was born

and continues to this day.

In fact, bricks made in 1955

still work with bricks you can buy today.

The bricks were great for stacking,

but still had room for improvement.

The Christiansen solution

was clutch power.

What is clutch power?

Clutch power is the result

of the patented studs and tubes design

that holds the bricks together.

And allows them to...


come apart.

Then in 1960,

the factory burned down again.

Yeesh. What are they building

these factories out of, anyway?

But Ole went back to work,

and despite those pesky fires,

his company continued to grow.

This magic formula

of an ever-expanding system

with its locking bricks made LEGO toys

something that appealed

to kids everywhere.

What started as a Danish endeavor

became a global phenomenon.

Helping with this expansion

of the company

was oldest grandson Kjeld

who you met before.

You might recognize him

from some of the earliest boxes.

Cute kid.

Personally I feel Kjeld's

greatest contribution to LEGO history

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Daniel Junge

Daniel Junge is an American documentary filmmaker. On February 26, 2012, he won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for the film Saving Face, which he co-directed along with Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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