The Toys That Made Us is an American documentary web television series created by Brian Volk-Weiss.
In 1949, after decades of making wooden furniture and toys, Ole Kirk Christiansen’s small factory in Billund, Denmark, moved to plastic and created the “Automatic Binding Bricks”, which would later be known as LEGO. When the company patented the tube system in 1958, LEGO became the dominant toy line worldwide throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. When other competitors capitalised on the expiration of the company’s patents in the 1980’s, LEGO faced stiff competition until they reported their first loss in 1998. Poor business decisions with film licenses and the failure of the Jack Stone and Galidor lines brought LEGO to near-bankruptcy until Jørgen Vig Knudstorp took over the company and, by bringing it back to its roots, rejuvenated LEGO’s profits. By the time The Lego Movie hit theatres in 2014, LEGO became the largest toy franchise in the world.
The Toys That Made Us Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Creator(s): Brian Volk-Weiss.
- Narrator(s): Donald Ian Black.
- Director(s): Brian Volk-Weiss and Tom Stern.
- Producer(s): Brian Vol-Weiss, Tom Stern, Cisco Henson, Anne Carkeet, and Edwin Zane.
- Writer(s): Nicholas Ferrell and Benjamin J. Frost.
- Cinematography: Samuel Brownfield.
- Editor(s): Benjamin J. Frost, James Anderson, Dan Cerny, Nick Ferrell, Dan Cotter, and Doug Nolan
- Production: The Nacelle Company.
- Distributor(s): Netflix.
- Release Date: 25 May 2018.
- Running Time: 43-51 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.