Lego Breaking Bad, the best videogame ever. If only it were real

Have you ever wondered how Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) would look like if they were Lego toys? Well, animator and designer Brian Anderson did and thanks to him you can stop to wonder. The video “Lego Breaking Bad The Video Game parody”, published on YouTube (beware: it contains spoilers from the first four seasons), is his attempt to reimagine the AMC show as a Traveller’s Tales game. An attempt so brilliant that most Breaking Bad fans end watching it wishing they could actually play it.

Indeed, using Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, After Effects and ZBRush, Anderson produced a video that looks like it could be one of the coolest games ever, if it were real. «I have no affiliation with Traveller’s Tales, Lego or AMC – he wrote on the YouTube page for the video – I’m just a huge fan of the stuff they make. But seriously, if they all got together and made this game, for real, I’d buy it and play the crap out of it». He wouldn’t be alone, you can bet on it.

Anderson told Wired that the idea of the Lego parody came five years ago, after watching the face-melting scene in the Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game. «I started thinking of other movies movies with fairly shocking moments that would be funny if they were acted out by Lego characters – the ear scene from Reservoir Dogs, the shower scene from Psycho». And after a long session of Breaking Bad on Netflix, he knew where to begin.

The trasformation of Jesse and Walt in Lego characters required as much as 1,300 hours of rendering time, on a new computer Anderson had just had custom built. Like a meth dealer, he started with a single brick. To create the most basic of building blocks, he combined a partial cylinder with a large flat square, then multiplied that shape until he had something that looked like a Lego piece, a shape he replicated again and again.

«I purposely left the logo off the bricks in case Lego wasn’t happy with the video – he explained – Removing that one Lego logo at the beginning would be an easy change. Removing every tiny Lego logo from every single brick would have been nearly impossible».


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