FANDOM


This is a list of brickfilms that were known to have been distributed on the internet before 2001. This cutoff point was chosen because LEGO Studios was released in November 2000 and Brickfilms.com launched on December 16, 2000, so by the start of 2001, brickfilming was established online, with a centralized location and growing in popularity. Before Brickfilms.com, brickfilms were sometimes shared in places such as LUGNET and the Usenet group rec.toys.lego.

While at this time there were brief CG renders and stop-motion animation tests shared mainly in gif form, this list aims to cover only the full films that were available online. There are few of these because sharing video over the internet at this time was difficult, requiring you to acquire webspace to host the video file and requiring the viewer to download a file considered large at the time, usually over dial-up internet. This list should not be considered exhaustive, as there would more than likely have been more unknown films on personal websites and other known early films for which proof of their availability online before 2000 has not been located.

1993 Edit

1996 Edit

  • The Western Rip Off by The LEGO Group
    A brickfilm that was distributed as a screensaver on LEGO.com. The earliest known brickfilm distributed on a major website, and the earliest known created by The LEGO Group specifically for online distribution.

1997 Edit

  • Peril Productions
    The sole available 1997 archive of a website called True Peril diplays a listing of six films by Shawn Sparks, Jack Eidsness and Lars Eidsness.[3] It is unclear if the full films were actually available to download, and it is possible that the last two are not brickfilms.
    • Peril at Sea X
    • Peril at Castle Eifenstein X
    • Peril In Vietnam X
    • Peril In the Dark Ages X
    • Interview With the Devil X
    • P[ee]p S[ho]w X

1998 Edit

1999 Edit

In addition, Kelly Jeffery and Russ Jensen opened a brickfilm directory called LEGO Compulsion in November 1999, which saw little use and included just 6 unknown brickfilms.

2000 Edit

  • January: Thomas Foote
    Influential early brickfilmer Thomas Foote created a LEGO Home Movies webpage which he shared to LUGNET on January 13, 2000. The films available were:
  • January: Lift-off! by Marc Leidy
    This 1985 brickfilm was shared on LUGNET on January 29, 2000. The film was eventually shared again as a higher quality transfer in 2014.
  • May: LEGO Studios
    An early LEGO Studios website from before the release of the product line hosted the following, available for download:
  • July: Stephen F Roberts
    After seeing Thomas Foote's panel on brickfilming at BrickFest 2000, Stephen F Roberts began brickfilming and shared two creations on his personal website on July 6:
    • Darth Test X
    • The Escape X
  • August: All of the Dead by Tony Mines and Tim Drage
    The first brickfilm by the duo that would become known as Spite Your Face was uploaded on August 26 and shared on rec.toys.lego on September 21. Spite Your Face would go on to become professional brickfilmers who worked with The LEGO Group in the early 2000s.
  • November: LEGO Studios
    Upon the official release of the LEGO Studios line, a new LEGO Studios website became available. Premiered on this site was the web-exclusive brickfilm Dino Cop, available to stream or download. Jurassic Bark and Jewel Quest were also available here at this time.

References Edit