A Friend of the Police is an animated brickfilm based on the video game LEGO City Undercover and Andrew Bermudez's Legoman stories. It was the cinematic debut for Drawn to Life Animation and won the grand prize for the Nightly News at Nine's Police Show Contest.
- Release Date: May 24, 2013
- Running Time: 6 min.
- MPAA Rating: G
- Director: Andrew Bermudez
- Producer: Andrew Bermudez
- Writer: Andrew Bermudez
WARNING: This section contains spoilers. If you do not want to find out what happens, skip to the next section.
The film opens with police officers Chase McCain and Frank Honey returning from a run to the soccer stadium, where they had to deal with the T-rex that Peter Whitman brought with him to the present in Late for the Soccer Match. They rest in the recreation room, where Frank turns on the TV, revealing a news story about the arrival of pod pilot ASR1. Just then, Captain Bill arrives to give the duo new partners. Frank has been reassigned to work with Officer Stanley Kenlow and Chase has been reassigned to Officer Max Denver. After Frank leaves, Captain Bill tells Chase that he needs to meet Officer Max at the Grand Emporium, where Questions has stolen some puzzle books. Chase accepts and heads out the door.
At the Grand Emporium, Chase meets Officer Max, who introduces him to crime-fighter Legoman. Chase is skeptical of the superhero, but Legoman shows his detective skills when studying clues left around the store. Legoman determines that Questions is hiding at the cargo train depot, which Max follows along with, trusting Legoman's judgement. Chase is still skepical, but follows along anyway.
At the cargo train depot, Chase, Max, and Legoman arrive, only to find the cargo train depot closed. Just then, Questions' henchmen ambush them with a net. While Max and Legoman get out of the way, Chase trips, catching him in the net. Questions taunts them, with Officer Max talking back. Questions sends his henchmen after the duo, though they are easily defeated by Officer Max's and Legoman's skills. Legoman frees Chase, who thanks him. Questions tries to get away, but Legoman stops him by using his Lego Cuff Launcher. Legoman departs, and Chase and Officer Max haul Questions and his henchmen to prison.
On March 10, 2013, the Nightly News at Nine started their Police Show Contest as a promotion for their then-latest episode, Police Show Commercial. After the success of both Seth Masterson vs. Shark Hoops and Late for the Soccer Match, which also performed well in the contests which they were a part, it was decided that another contest entry would be created, with a late-May 2013 release date. The popularity of the video game LEGO City Undercover also formed the concept towards its finished product.
The film was officially announced on March 15, 2013, the same day Drawn to Life Animation was established. However, the initial press release mainly focused on how A Friend of the Police was going to be better than the mildly-received The Adventures of Legoman, where some of the film's characters originated. Despite that, though, filming progressed steadily for a few weeks. However, the schedule became tight near the end, mainly because of the work being done on New Friends ~ An Environmental Fable and A Bite of MyJobs. Because of this tight schedule, the originally-planned mouth animation had to be scrapped. Despite these issues, the film premiered on-time on May 24, 2013, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
During its opening weekend, the film quickly gained popularity, receiving praise right at its release. It went on to have a strong opening weekend.
Almost a month later, on June 22, 2013, the Nightly News at Nine announced the winners for the Police Show Contest, where A Friend of the Police won the grand prize; a $50 LEGO store gift card.
- Chase McCain (Andrew Bermudez)
- Frank Honey (Andrew Bermudez)
- Captain Bill (Andrew Bermudez)
- Officer Stanley Kenlow (n/a)
- Officer Max Denver (Al Bermudez)
- Legoman (Jim Freeman)
- Questions (Al Bermudez)
- Andrew Bermudez - Director, Writer, Animator, Editor, Actor
- Daniel Bermudez - Assistant Director
- Teresa Bermudez - Writer, Advisor
- Al Bermudez - Actor
- Jim Freeman - Actor
- The subject matter for this film was also chosen because of the strong performance of LEGO's City theme in a survey conducted by Mustache Maniacs Film Co. in 2012.
- One of the concepts established in this film is the notion that all of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s movies take place in the same universe, a concept that has been expanded upon with Project U.
- The line about Legoman being glad to remember to bring his rope cutting blade is a reference to The Adventures of Legoman, where he forgot to bring his rope cutting blade.
- Legoman's Lego Cuff Launcher was re-used from the never-released The Invention of Bear-Train Cavorting, which also featured Legoman.