What to stream: 'The Lego Movie' edition

By Jeff Peterson

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, March 20 2014 5:55 p.m. MDT

Rating: TV-Y7-FV

Available on: Netflix Instant

“Lego Atlantis” — Another episode-length short, this one is pretty obviously a tie-in for a series of toy sets, but it’s not without some charm. As one could probably guess just by the title, the plot follows a group of marine scientists and explorers searching for the lost city of Atlantis. Along the way, they encounter all sorts of weird sea creatures and mystical artifacts. A very small amount of bathroom humor notwithstanding, kids could do worse. Afterwards, though, parents might end up having to make a trip to the toy store.

Rating: TV-Y7-FV

Available on: Netflix Instant

“Lego Friends” — Finally, “Lego Friends” is the only show on the list that targets girls specifically. Like the others, it’s based around a set of toys — in this case, a new-ish “mini-doll” line that launched in 2012. Unlike the others, though, it ended up sparking a minor controversy for allegedly promoting gender stereotypes, even prompting a change.org petition. The 22-minute short itself is unlikely to offend. It follows a group of five girls in the fictional suburban town of Heartlake City as they deal with ordinary things like building friendships and helping out with an animal shelter. But while pleasant enough and well animated, “Lego Friends” doesn’t really stand out as a Lego property.

Rating: TV-G

Available on: Netflix Instant

A native of Utah Valley and a devoted cinephile, Jeff Peterson is currently studying humanities and history at Brigham Young University.

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