Animator Augustus Danko, known on YouTube as Onbeatman, recreated the Top Gun: Maverick trailer entirely in LEGO and posted it online last week.
“After months of work, I’ve meticulously recreated the Top Gun: Maverick Trailer IN LEGO, frame by frame, for you to enjoy! Experience the 4k trailer on YouTube,” the creator tweeted.
Before the trailer begins, the following message appears on the screen: Everything you’re about to see is recreated from the ground up. No elements were used or extracted from the original trailer.”
From the snowy mountains to the exhaust from the jet engines, every aspect of the trailer is made of LEGO.
“His exploits are legendary. What he has to teach you may very well mean the difference between life and death,” a voiceover is heard saying as scenes of LEGO military jets performing evasive maneuvers appear on screen.
“Your reputation precedes you,” a LEGO servicemember says.
“I have to admit I wasn’t expecting an invitation back,” says Tom Cruise’s famous character Maverick, appearing in his first time on screen as a LEGO.
The trailer picks up speed, turning into a montage that includes training, multiple LEGO jets flying through the air simultaneously and shirtless beach shots.
According to Onbeatman, the video was made “one frame at a time” after months of “painstaking work.”
“This was created 100% independently out of my love for Top Gun, cinema, and LEGO,” the animator said on his YouTube channel.
Onbeatman said he used a canon t6i, a 2017 iMac and a 2011 MacBook Pro to create the LEGO trailer, and announced a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary would be out soon.
The trailer was met with resounding praise on social media, including CNN’s Brian Stelter, who tweeted, “You just blew my mind.”
Other’s wanted to see more, like one user who said, “Honestly, go make your own full length Lego Movie … I’ll be on the first row to watch that!! This is INSANE!!”
Released in 1986, the original Top Gun starred Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins and Kelly McGillis.
The story involved students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school competing to become best in their class.
Thirty-five years later, the popular movie will now have a sequel titled “Top Gun: Maverick”.
“After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him,” IMDB states.