Winnipeg family builds Lego version of prime minister’s COVID-19 message to kids

By | April 6, 2020

A Winnipeg family has hit the bricks to share Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s message to children in a video that features little Lego versions of him, reporters and a cameo appearance by Manitoba’s top public health officials.

When Trudeau used his daily news conference last last month to speak directly to young people about how they can help slow the spread of COVID-19, Tyler Walsh decided to capture those words in a stop-motion video.

Walsh told CBC’s Up To Speed host Ismaila Alfa that he wanted to find a more creative way to reach the target audience, like his nine-year-old and 12-year-old boys.

“The idea just kind of popped in my head: ‘What if I take the audio from the prime minister and kind of combine it with some Lego? People might like that and they might think it’s interesting and the message might get across better’,” he said.

Jack, Noah and their dad were working on another Lego project, which they set aside after seeing this clip to start a new challenge to take up the newfound free time at home.

The three spent about 12 hours over the course of a week of building sets, getting the Lego people into character, moving them around ever so slightly, and taking photos of it all.

The smaller the movements, the smoother the video, he said.

“[It took] a fair amount of time and hundreds and hundreds of photos,” he said.

Each working to their strengths, Walsh said the kids were primarily in charge of piecing together the Lego elements — such as a podium, hair and a bearded head for Trudeau — to bring the set to life.

“I would have questions for them like, ‘I need a sad kid. Do we have any sad kid Lego heads?'”

Walsh, who works as a marketing manager with Economic Development Winnipeg, said his favourite scene is a Lego imitation of his family sitting around the kitchen table.

Walsh’s creation also features Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, and chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa.

“They’re sort of front and centre to our COVID-19 fight, so I thought it might be cute when Trudeau was mentioning, ‘you know, listen to the doctors and the scientists’, to put them in there,” Walsh said.

His tweet about the video garnered a retweet by the Lego group and thousands of others, although he has not confirmed if Trudeau has seen it.

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