The Easter Egg is a short entry to the Bricks in Motion contest EASTER 2020. It follows the humorous exploits of Crafty Rat, whom tries to steal an Easter egg from Flamingo, and was made with only 10 bricks.

Film Details Edit

Plot Summary Edit

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The film opens on a grassy meadow, dotted with a few bushes. Flamingo saunters up to one of these bushes when something catches her eye. Looking around the bush, she spots an Easter egg and falls in love with it. She takes it with her on her stroll, but unbeknownst to her, Crafty Rat emerges from the bush, seeing what is going on. He spots the Easter egg and vows to make it his. He calls for supplies, which crash on top of him.

Later, he uses dynamite to try to blow up Flamingo, which ends up blowing up in his face, literally. He also calls in a brick to drop on Flamingo, which falls on top of him, instead. Finally, late in the day, Crafty Rat tries to mow down Flamingo with a buzz saw, but instead is taken for a ride around the knoll.

His buzz saw runs out of gas right in front of Flamingo, who has finally discovered that she was being followed. As they both stare at each other, the egg hatches, revealing a beautiful blue bird. Flamingo and Crafty Rat fall in love with the bird, but it immediately flies away. Both Flamingo and Crafty Rat shrug and go on their way.

Production History Edit

Shortly after March 14, when the US's Covid-19 lock down began, it was decided that Mustache Maniacs Film Co. would spearhead two projects in order to keep fans entertained while they're at home. These two projects resulted in Rap-Trick and the completion of Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra.

However, on March 21, 2020, announced EASTER 2020, the website's annual spring competition. With Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra essentially complete at that time and Rap-Trick undergoing a short production schedule, it was decided that there were enough studio resources to go ahead with an EASTER 2020 entry.

On March 28, 2020, the competition officially began, with the announcement that entries are to use no more than 10 bricks in total (excluding any baseplates and a single background) and no minifigures. With these restrictions in mind, a brainstorming and writing session explored how to use animals as characters in an Easter film.

The film was announced on March 30, 2020, but because of the then-upcoming release of Rap-Trick, production on this film would not start until early April.

Filming was conducted over one day, with the film completely finished the Tuesday before the deadline on April 11. Because of this, the film was released early for select advance screenings before its public debut on April 10.

Audience Reaction Edit

While the film hasn't been a huge blockbuster, the film has received positive reviews for its easy-to-understand story, creative special effects, and humor. However, during the results announcement for EASTER 2020, this film did not win any prizes.

Characters Edit

Locations Edit

  • Grassy Knoll

Credits Edit

Tropes Edit

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The Easter Egg contains examples of the following tropes.
  • Amusing Injuries: This happens to Crafty Rat throughout the entire film.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Flamingo is a bright, cheery, and happy bird who is oblivious to her predicament, the blue bird is a joyous and independently-spirited bird, and Crafty Rat know (see the entry for You Dirty Rat! below for more).
  • Awesome, but Impractical: All of Crafty Rat's schemes to catch the egg are overwrought and always end in failure.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When the egg hatches, it looks like the blue bird will accept Flamingo and Crafty Rat as family, but it instead flies off.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: While Crafty Rat always has the element of surprise throughout the entire film, allowing him to easily swipe Flamingo's egg, he instead engineers ridiculous schemes that always backfire.
  • Easter Special: This film celebrates Easter, though focuses more on the life of spring than anything else.
  • Egg MacGuffin: The title Easter egg, which Flamingo carries with her, and Crafty Rat tries to steal.
  • Happily Adopted: Flamingo and Crafty Rat are willing to do this to the blue bird, but it takes off with no desire for parenting.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: Crafty Rat's dynamite blows up in his face, but simply causes Crafty Rat to tip over.
  • Santa Clausmas: This film's celebration of Easter is completely secular.
  • Squashed Flat: This happens to Crafty Rat twice in this film.
  • The Stinger: At the end of the credits, the blue bird rides on the copyright notice until it falls off. However, it catches a breeze and flies off.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Crafty Rat, as his name implies, is a cunning and thieving rat who obsesses over stealing Flamingo's egg.

Trivia Edit

  • The brick that lands on Crafty Rat is simply re-used from the explosion effect in the previous shot.
  • All of the special effects in this film were executed in-camera, as any drastic post-production effects were counted as "bricks" in the contest rules.

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