For a first attempt at brick animation, “LEGO: The Time Machine” by FlyingMinifig shows a considerable amount of promise. While the animation is shaky (set bumps ahoy!) and the light flickers throughout, there is some interesting camerawork, good use of replacement animation for the flickering time travel effect, and some superb sets. It’s a heck of a lot better than my first brick animation.
Watching it, I couldn’t help but think of “GO MINIMAN GO – 30 Years: The Story of the Minifigure” by Nathan Wells. It’s a very similar concept (brief snippets of history played out over a single piece of music with interesting cinematography) executed at a much higher level. It’s too bad Nathan has seemingly abandoned brick animation to focus on Minecraft machinima, he was one of the greats. (It’s never too late to rediscover the joys of brick animation, Nathan!)