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Late for the Soccer Match is an animated LEGO film created for bricksinmotion.com's Kitchen Sink contest in 2012. It tells the story of Peter Whitman, captain of the ficticious soccer team Hot Shots, and his adventures on the way to the soccer stadium. The film is entirely interactive, so the audience decides how Peter Whitman gets there.
- Release Date: October 19, 2012
- Running Time: 13 min.
- MPAA Rating: G
- Director: Andrew Bermudez
- Producer: Andrew Bermudez
- Writer: Andrew Bermudez
WARNING: This section contains spoilers. If you do not want to read this, skip to the next section.
The film opens with Wendy Simmons, the happy-go-lucky reporter from A Very Patrick Christmas, reporting from the soccer stadium that Hot Shots team captain Peter Whitman is missing. Some speculate that he defected to the other team, but Wendy believes that he just slept in. Above her head, the camera boom swings around, looking for the lost team captain.
Across town, at the LEGOLAND Hotel, Peter is rudely awakened by an alarm clock. Smashing the clock, he realizes that he's late and rushes out the front door of the hotel. Catching his breath, he heads over to the transportation center, where a trolley and bus have both arrived at the same time.
At this point, the audience decides what happens next. If Peter boards the bus, he will be taken away to the winter village in the forest, where he must decide to either take a pair of skis, a police 4x4, or a mining truck as altenative transportation. Taking the police 4x4 gets Peter arrested, while the other two send Peter flying, landing next to a ruined pump car next to some railroad tracks. Peter rebuilds the pump car, and uses it to get to the stadium.
If the audience chooses the trolley, Peter gets on the trolley, which then stops at a switch. Going straight takes Peter to the marina, where he must either take a speed boat, a coast guard helicopter, or a train. On the train, Peter rides on the side until falling off next to the ruined pump car mentioned above. In the case of the speed boat, Peter destroys the boat, but manages to find a ruined jet ski. He rebuilds the jet ski and gets to the soccer stadium. The coast guard helicopter also gets him there.
Going on the other track takes Peter to the space port, where he can either ride the test rocket or centrifuge. On the centrifuge, Peter gets on and starts it up, much to the chargin of the mantainance technician. The bolts loosen, causing the centrifuge to act as a propellor, sending Peter Whitman into the air. He, along with the rest of the unit, land at the soccer stadium. In the test shuttle, Peter rockets into the air, but is caught in a time portal that sends him back to 80 million B.C. Landing in the jungle, Peter wonders where he is. Just then, a T-Rex stomps down, catching his attention. However, before the T-Rex can catch Peter, Ulysses S. Powell, the hero from When Barrels Fly, springs out and rigs the test shuttle with dynamite. They both jump in, and the dynamite blows the test shuttle back through the portal, with the T-Rex following. Back at the present-day soccer stadium, Peter and Ulysses get out as the T-Rex terrorizes the stadium.
This film was conceived around the start time of the Kitchen Sink contest, with the help of a series of story starters from the old LEGO Studios site. However, unlike other interactive adventures, it was decided early on that there would be no "bad" or "good" endings. Essentially, any ending is equally valid.
The film was announced on June 1, 2012 under the production name Late for the Soccer Game right after the release of Gone Ice Fishin'. Filming for the film started soon after, which extended into late August. To help promote the film, the Olympics Schmolympics entry, Seth Masterson vs. Shark Hoops, was created, which depicts a crazy incident that takes place in the marina set from the film.
The film was officially released on October 19, 2012, though select others had previewed the film first. It quickly garnered views and positive reviews, giving this film the second-best opening weekend for a Mustache Maniacs Film Co. film (only Johnny Thunder and the Gift of the Nile had a bigger opening weekend). Ironically though, Seth Masterson vs. Shark Hoops out-performed the film it was endorsing. Nevertheless, Late for the Soccer Match won second place in Kitchen Sink's 13+ category.
- Peter Whitman (Andrew Bermudez)
- Wendy Simmons (Teresa Bermudez)
- Ulysses S. Powell (Andrew Bermudez)
- Ben Mosley (Al Bermudez)
- Lifeguard (Teresa Bermudez)
- Andrew Bermudez - Creator, Director, Writer, Animator, Editor, Voice Actor
- Teresa Bermudez - Advisor, Voice Actor
- Al Bermudez - Voice Actor
- Although over ten years old, the LEGO Studios microsite was still accesible via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. This is how the story starters were found.
- Both this film and Seth Masterson vs. Shark Hoops won in the respective contests which they were submitted into. This is the first time that a Mustache Maniacs Film Co. film has won a contest prize.
- The entire production process for this film, from concept to premiere, only lasted a meager 5 months.
- Originally, the time travel and train endings would result in Peter losing; he would not get to the soccer stadium. During a re-write, this was changed.
- In the original film, the audience, not Peter, would build the pump car and jet ski. However, director Andrew Bermudez felt that it would take away from the experience, and the shots were re-edited.