It's easy to be naturally skeptical of a movie based on a childhood toy, but now that "The Lego Movie" trailer has been unveiled, we're eating our words just a little bit.
Our hero is Emmett, a little yellow Lego man voiced by the hilarious Chris Pratt of "Parks and Recreation" and the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy." In a case of vastly mistaken identity, Lego leader Vitruvius, voiced by Morgan Freeman, calls on Emmett to save the Lego universe from Will Ferrell's President Business. (Vitruvius looks awfully like a religious figure, with a long flowing beard and robes.)
Emmett doesn't know what he's doing, but luckily there are plenty of superheroes to step in, like Batman, Wonder Woman, and even a Ninja Turtle or two. Then there are the rogue characters that seem pretty tantalizing, like Nick Offerman's weird pirate Metalbeard, Liam Neeson as the president's tough right-hand man, and Alison Brie as "a member of Emmet's team with a powerful secret."
Plus, "The Lego Movie" was written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and "21 Jump Street." Considering they've managed to whip up an entire story based on a little yellow Lego man and a whole lot of superheroes, with enough pop culture references thrown in to keep the adults entertained, is it possible that this could be the little -- well, big -- toy movie that could?
Block out Feb. 7, 2014, on your calendar, because that's when "The Lego Movie" arrives in theaters.