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"If you're lying, I'll skewer you and roast your liver!"
-Sarah Huffington, Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen
Non-Canon The subject of this article is not canonical to Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s official cinematic universe.

Temple Escape is a short, pre-formation animation that was Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s first-ever Johnny Thunder film. It was created with the LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg Movie Maker Set, but has since been lost prior to the founding of Mustache Maniacs Film Co. in 2004.


Summary

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"Stop it! Stop it! You're ruining everything!"
-Theodore Taylor, Mustache Maniacs Film Co. is Coming to LEGO Dimensions!
Spoiler warning! This section contains details that reveal crucial plot points. If you do not want to find out what happens, skip to the next section.

The film begins as Johnny Thunder grabs a red jewel and flees from a collapsing floor. As he runs down a long corridor, the temple begins to collapse around him, with rocks falling to the floor. Eventually, Johnny out-runs the debris, but encounters a sinister-looking figure that is following him. Johnny evades the henchman, who wanders down the hallway, now lost.

As Johnny makes his way towards the entrance to the temple, more rocks begin to fall from the ceiling of the crumbling temple. A wall of debris builds up in front of the camera as more rocks fall, then the film ends with the rock wall collapsing.

Production History

Shortly after acquiring the LEGO Studios Steven Spielberg Movie Maker Set in 2002, Andrew Bermudez wanted to create a myriad of films with the new software, including some featuring LEGO's most popular minifigure character, Johnny Thunder. This film, based mostly upon the LEGO set Temple Escape Studio (also sometimes referred to as Temple of Gloom), was filmed and edited over the course of three days with no prior ideas in place. It was released immediately after development ended.

As the workflow that led to the creation of Mustache Maniacs Film Co. began to take shape in 2004, software was upgraded and new equipment was acquired. However, during this time, all of the LEGO Studios-created films, including this one, were lost.

Audience Reception

In general, the audience that saw this film hated it thoroughly, calling it boring and little more than just watching rocks fall for several minutes. Director Andrew Bermudez had little to defend the film, since that's all it really was. Since then, this film has become an infamous stain on Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s Pre-Formation Era.

Characters

Locations

  • Collapsing Temple

Credits

Tropes

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"Stop it! Stop it! You're ruining everything!"
-Theodore Taylor, Mustache Maniacs Film Co. is Coming to LEGO Dimensions!
Spoiler warning! This section contains details that reveal crucial plot points. If you do not want to find out what happens, skip to the next section.

Temple Escape contains examples of the following tropes.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Johnny Thunder, no less!
  • Collapsing Lair: Unbelievably, the premise of this film. Many have derided the film on this point, however.
  • Hate Sink: Why is the henchman evil? Who knows. Why is he after the treasure? Who knows. Does he do anything evil? Not in this film. But Johnny calls him nothing more than a villain, which immediately means that we're supposed to dislike him. Then again, he is looking to steal the treasure.
  • Leave the Camera Running: In an example of using this trope poorly, the film mostly consists of lingering shots of rocks falling. This was the primary complaint about this film (and the sole reason that this film is remembered so vividly).
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The jewel in the film is this.
  • Mooks: One appears in this film as the only antagonist.
  • Shout-Out: Johnny Thunder refers to the jewel as the Forbidden Eye, which makes reference to the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction at Disneyland.
  • Temple of Doom: The temple that Johnny is inside of collapses throughout the film.

Trivia

  • This is the first known Mustache Maniacs Film Co. production to star Johnny Thunder.
  • In some short stories, the henchmen like the one seen in this film were known as Sinister Troopers. Whether or not that name was applied here is not known.
  • The reason that this film is designated as a live action film is because, outside of two shots of stop-motion animation, this was how the film was primarily shot.
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