LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like the popular LEGO video games, this DVD is both enjoyable and literally built on everything LEGO, from the punctuated ground on up to the snap-on characters' hair. Many of the scenes begin with a character encountering a pile of LEGOs that they have to craft into a working spaceship or vehicle. Of course, all of these items are for sale in stores. Though the underlying message of the importance of teamwork is good for all ages, there is some fighting with weapons and scares for younger viewers, like an army of skeleton characters and a rock monster.
What's the story?
Clutch Powers (voiced by Ryan McPartlin) is just your above-average LEGO hero. Everyone in the LEGO universe knows his reputation as a master LEGO builder and adventurer. When his boss, Kjell Playwell (Paul Michael Glaser) teams him up with a German engineer named Bernie, an adventure specialist named Peg, and a general rough guy named Brick, Clutch's loner streak comes to an abrupt halt. The team is sent to a Space Police prison planet where a distress signal has been picked up. They are led to the medieval world of Ashlar, where Mallock the Malign -- a wizard who is bent on destroying all forces for good -- resides. The team is quickly charged with finding the resident prince, who alone can defeat the wizard. But "team" is a concept that alludes these four specialists, and their in-fighting just might distract them from getting the job done.
Is it any good?
This charming adventure DVD will certainly be a hit with LEGO fans. It has humor, a good story-line, defined characters, and a very uniquely LEGO world-view. Of course, it's also a product send-up; Each scene features cool new LEGO buildings and vehicles. But considering that the product send-up is a genre of its own these days (hello, Transformers?) the LEGO franchise does it with aplomb.
Talking with kids about watching versus buying might temper some of the consumer frenzy that this movie will inspire. But for what it's worth, the movie contains the creative spark that LEGO fans deserve. It's built on the fact that building is what the LEGO empire is all about. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Families can talk about...
Kids can also talk about teamwork. How did it save the day? When can going it alone be a good thing? When can it be bad?