We’ve always seen Playmobil as kind of an inferior competitor to LEGO, but it sure does have its fans. It must – they’re now making a movie!
Even as fans of Danish toy juggernaut LEGO since about birth, we were skeptical when we heard about the movie several years ago now, and were left more than pleasantly surprised by the eventual exploits of Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty and, of course, Benny the Spaceman.
So, can that sort of magic happen with Playmobil?
Again, despite what happened with The LEGO Movie, we’re skeptical. Look at those zombie-like plastic people up there – where’s the soul?!
Anyway, Deadline are reporting that Playmobil: The Movie is a genuine thing, and it’s already gathered a reasonably impressive voice cast.
Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor and Adam Levine head the cast (we smell a musical), along with the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy (Barry, Morgan (but no ‘World of Organs)), Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out) and Jim Gaffigan (Super Troopers 2).
It’s set to be a mix of animation and live action, following the adventures of siblings Charlie and Marla. When Charlie is sucked into the animated universe of Playmobil, Marla must set out to bring him home. She is apparently aided in her quest by “a smooth-talking food truck driver” named Del (Gaffigan), dashing secret agent Rex Dasher (Radcliffe), a misfit robot and an airy-fairy fairy-godmother (Trainor). As for Lambert, he’ll voice the villain of the piece, Emperor Maximus.
There’s some solid animation pedigree at play, too, with Frozen head of animation Lino DiSalvo directing (there’s a potential Walt Disney gag that we’re going to leave alone there…)
So, get ready for Playmobil: The Movie to hit sometime in 2019.