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How do all those Star Wars clones learn their nimble fighting skills? That's one of many topics explored by LEGO animator Jordan Johnson. Image ©Fancy Pants

Get Your Kids Animating With LEGO

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If your kids are fired up about seeing The LEGO Batman Movie on your home screen (it releases this week on home video in the US or use this link for Canada) you may want to motivate them to take the next step and learn how they can make their own LEGO animations!

Jordan Johnson was making stop-frame animation movies with LEGO blocks long before any of the big LEGO movies were in theaters. And he did it with some very simple tools. Now his YouTube channel, called Fancy Pants, attracts waaaaay over 100 thousand subscribers. On the channel are his movies AND a great selection of how-to videos that shows his secrets.

We spoke with Jordan and asked him how he got started and what he recommends for parents and kids looking to get into his fun and creative pastime. You can hear our full discussion on the latest episode of the Parent Previews Podcast. For a sample of his work, check out Clone Training Center, one of his most popular videos that dates back six years:

And, in case you can’t wait to see the next LEGO film, it’s coming to theaters on September 22, 2017: The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

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Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

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