They certainly don’t have the CGI smoothness of George Lucas‘ Lego Star Wars series, but Fabian Moritz’s stop-motion, Lego World Cup highlights may just be the most popular brickfilms in the galaxy.
The 19-year-old German football fan began making Lego films three years ago, re-envisioning matches of his hometown Hanover club as played by little construction toys.
At the commencement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Moritz decided he’d take the most thrilling match of each day’s play and make a Lego video of all the must-see moments. “Each goal takes between two and three hours to do,” Moritz told the AFP, and requires roughly 80 pictures to make the stop-motion animation come to life. Hence, unlike many American soccer fans, Moritz loves the low-scoring games.
The popularity of Moritz’s videos have lead to two production deals; one with the UK newspaper The Guardian to make videos of all the England games, and the other with Bild Daily for all of Germany’s matches.
So far, Mortiz’s most viewed video is England’s match against the USA, which ended in a 1-1 tie thanks to English goalie Robert Green’s error on American Clint Dempsey’s mediocre shot. Moritz includes a number of instant replays of USA’s tying goal from multiple camera angles. He also incorporates the original television commentary, complete with the constant annoying hum of the vuvuzelas.