|Movies and Animations|
The first three BIONICLE movies in a three-disk set
There have been several Movies and Animations made to enrich the BIONICLE storyline. These movies include detailed animation for the characters and many locations of the universe. There have been a total of four movies released, along with a number of online animations, and a Netflix-exclusive animated series.
Movies and Television
Four BIONICLE movies were released:
- BIONICLE: Mask of Light (2003)
- BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui (2004)
- BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows (2005)
- BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn (2009)
These movies tell the BIONICLE storyline in a visual aspect. The movies follow the storyline details which are produced in the Books and Comics, and are all canonical, although they all include minor non-canonical elements. Each received its own novelization. The first three movies were produced by Miramax, while the last was animated by Tinseltown Toons.
A movie was planned for the BIONICLE story in 2001, but the project fell through. Two more movies were initially planned, for release in 2010 and 2011, but with the cancellation of the BIONICLE set line, the movies were cancelled as well. A screen treatment for the fifth movie was completed and publicly shared through BZPower, though development of this movie was halted when BIONICLE was cancelled.
- The Journey to One (2016)
In 2016, LEGO partnered with Netflix to produce a Netflix-exclusive series, The Journey to One, to tell the story of the second generation of BIONICLE. The series included four 25-minute episodes and a 12-minute prologue. The episodes were split up into two separate release dates: the prologue and first two episodes were released on March 29, while the last two episodes were released on July 29. The Journey to One was animated by Volta, a Canadian company based in Quebec City.
Online movies or animations have always been a tradition and play a great importance in the BIONICLE storyline. Like the movies, the animations portray the BIONICLE story in a more lively & visual fashion.
The first animations to be produced were the Bohrok Animations from 2002. They were later followed by the Bohrok-Kal Animations of early 2003, the Vahki Online Animations of 2004, the Search for the Mask of Light animations of 2005, and the non-canonical Piraka Online Animations of 2006.
There were two short online films, both from the year of 2007. The first was called Barraki: Creeps From the Deep, and the other featured the Toa Mahri and is known as BIONICLE: Toa Mahri. There was also a comical Singing Squid movie in which a squid sang two scales (joined). In 2008, two more shorts of this nature were produced. One was a movie introducing the Phantoka line with the Toa Nuva battling the Makuta. The other was a 4 minute retrospective that covered the storyline up from 2001 to 2008, to provide background info on the Toa Nuva in order to inform newer fans of the franchise.
To tease the reboot of BIONICLE, LEGO released The Legend during New York Comic Con 2014. A series of animations were released periodically throughout 2015. These animations were produced by the Copenhagen based Dum!Dum! and ADVANCE.
Another tradition of BIONICLE was the use of CGI animations to advertise and promote the sets. Most of these were produced by the animation studio Ghost. These often depict the character as interacting in the world of BIONICLE, using their tools or Collectible elements in interesting and exciting ways. This style of animation became less frequent in 2005 and 2006, to the point of having non-canon animations in the latter year.
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