Fans of The Walking Dead are known for their hardcore dedication — especially when it comes to Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) — but one fan has taken his love of The Walking Dead to a whole new level with a Lego stop-motion animated short. Yes, you can see Daryl Dixon dispatching walkers with his crossbow and a machete, Lego style.
Even given how notoriously rabid Walking Dead can be, one has to marvel at the time lavished on this production, complete with different camera angles and advanced techniques such as selective focus. This pop-culture masterpiece was created by Marc-Andre Caron, aka “MonsieurCaron,” on his YouTube channel. Caron has also paid Lego tribute to such iconic films and TV shows as Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, and even the Oscars.
As reported by Comic Book Resources, the filmmaker utilized approximately 250,000 Lego bricks to build the set, which took more than a month to create. Then there was the process of creating the actual photos for each frame of the animation, with Caron creating over 3,000 photos to envision his own Walking Dead scene, lasting just over three minutes.
In addition to some fancy camera work, the video has “special effects” that Walking Dead Executive Producer Greg Nicotero would be proud of, as each arrow or machete strike creates a gush of blood. There is no dialogue in the video clip, and creator Caron says it wasn’t taken from any particular scene that actually occurred in the Walking Dead TV series or comic books, but simply something he created to pay homage to his favorite Walking Dead character.
Having said that, it looks like Caron may have borrowed an idea from the notorious Walking Dead scene where Carol (Melissa McBride) threatened a little boy with tying him to a tree and leaving him for the walkers if he ratted her out, but in this version, Daryl Dixon does come to save the day. There are no other recognizable characters from The Walking Dead in the Lego video, although one walker is wearing a hat that does sort of look like Rick Grimes’ ranger hat. Let’s hope this doesn’t stir up spoiler rumors that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is going to die now.
For those who have somehow avoided the pop culture phenomenon that is The Walking Dead, the TV series and comic books center around a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse, or walkers, as they call them. Season 5 of the gory series ended this past March, with Season 6 of the Walking Dead currently filming in Georgia, where the story is set. The popularity of the show has also inspired a spin-off coming later this year, Fear the Walking Dead, as well as the Lego animation featured in the video.
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