Stop-Minchin Animation

I am here to announce the beginning of a foolhardy project. Since an offhand comment in a question in an interview with Tim Minchin two months ago I have been unable to escape the idea of doing a Minchin music video in Lego. Since I have a lot of Lego and implied permission from the artist himself (see below) I will be moving forward with this idiocy.

I am planning to make “If You Really Love Me” into a stop motion Lego video. When I initially suggested the possibility in the original interview with Tim it was just a throw away example. The idea, though, stuck in the back of my head and became something of an itch. When I found Lego Hair that suited Mr. Minchin, I could no longer resist.

I will be occasionally posting my progress here so that all can share and enjoy my suffering.

Wish me luck!

From the interview with Tim Minchin regarding the Storm Movie:

Tim Minchin as a Lego Figurine

You have quite a number of videos in the public domain, including a Youtube channel. Do you have any concerns about people using your material for their own ends? For example how would you feel if I were to make a fan-video for If You Really Loved Me in Lego or remixed White Wine in the Sun to the tune of Mo Money Mo Problems.

I’m very happy indeed for people to fiddle with my work! The only time I ever restrict my material being freely shared is when I’m still touring, because in comedy, if everyone has seen the songs, the impact is halved. I also try to stop people from uploading whole DVDs to youtube because I want to make money. But once my stuff is in the public domain, the more people engage / play / fuck with it, the better.

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Ryan Consell is a skeptical artist, tap-dancing armorer, juggling scientist, rock-climbing writer, sword-fighting math teacher, uni-cycling gamer, fire-spinning academic and devout nerd. He has a Masters in Applied science, most of a bachelors in Fine Arts, and a very short attention span. He is the author of How Not to Poach a Unicorn and half of the masochistic comedy duo that is Creative Dissonance. Follow him on Twitter @StudentofWhim


  1. June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Yes, yes, a million times YES.

  2. June 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    OH MAH GAWD! So looking forward to seeing this!

  3. June 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    btw… How long is the track? When i was 13 my friend and I made a 45 second fight scene with lego Bionicls using stop motion animation and it took about 24 hours of solid work.

    It turned out amazing but god it was a lot of work. Good luck.

  4. June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    @dpeabody: It’s a full 3 minute song. I expect that it will take me more than 24 hours to put together. There is a good reason that I invited everyone to share and enjoy in my suffering. I have no delusions about how much work this will be. On the positive side, I’m going to get to play with a lot of Lego 😀

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