Legos, Guns, and Alien Violence

by K.E. Brown

I don’t necessarily have a problem with guns/fighting in movies. To the contrary, some of my favorite films of all time are full of blood and gun-slinging fun; the Boondock Saints, V for Vendetta, and pretty much any zombie movie ever to name a few. But I always feel sort of justified in watching those movies because;

1- The gun slinging always has a purpose. Good or bad intentions, however misdirected, means that the person doing the shooting had to wonder “why am I doing this?” at some point.

2- I am old enough to know that sometimes people do the wrong thing with good intentions.

See, not a huge problem with the gun action on general principal.

That said, I went to see Brave this weekend with my mom[1]. Obviously it is a children’s movie so there were plenty of children in the audience and all of the advertisements were aimed at children. This “short animation” by Lego came on called Battleship.

Since I couldn’t find it on YouTube, let me break it down for you…

The scene opens on little Lego guys hanging out on a boat. They’re chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool and whatever until one of the Lego dudes[2] notices an “unidentified floating object”. Our brave narrator hops onto a jet ski to go see what it is. Spoiler; it’s an alien space craft.

Here’s where the animation started to really bother me. Before the alien space craft shot at them or did anything hostile whatsoever, the Lego guys started firing literally every weapon they had at the thing.

Now here it is; this is an advertisement targeted at the future of our world. The kids who watch this will be living in a world where space exploration will be reaching new heights and the possibility of finding intelligent life is actually conceivable. Instead of teaching the people who will be pioneering the future to say “hey, we take up space in the universe, you take up space in the universe, we have something in common!” We’re teaching them to blast away anything they don’t understand.

Not only are they solving their problems with guns, they’re preemptively solving possible conflicts that haven’t actually happened yet with guns.

That seems like a good life lesson[3].

  And then, because the aliens were defending themselves from the Lego blasts, the Lego guys came up with the plan to surrender peacefully. The fighting stopped, the aliens were cool about the whole thing and THEN, the Lego Hero built a GIANT GUN and BLEW UP ALL THE ALIENS.

I was like






So NOW, not only is it okay to arbitrarily blow up whoever makes you slightly uncomfortable, but to get close enough to do so, it’s okay to LIE? If someone did that in real war, they would get nuked off the planet.

Basically, this video had two lessons in about as many minutes;

1- If something is different from you, kill it and ask questions later

2- It is okay to lie if the end justifies the means

 I worry for the future.

[1] An EXCELLENT movie to take your mother to see by the way. She will cry and probably kiss you in public.

[2] Yes, they’re all dudes. Because Lego refuses to market to girls and, apparently, also refuses to acknowledge the existence of females in the military. But that is a rant for another day.

[3] Sarcasm.