You might not realize it yet, but we’ve just set your weekend plans: Take the kids to The Lego Movie — the funniest, cleverest, most exhaustingly exhilarating animated feature in ages — then leave them to play with their toys while you see it again for your own wicked amusement. A few days each year, every family deserves to be happy.

To a short list of wonderful animated features about cloth or video playthings — Pixar’s Toy Story trilogy and Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph — add this delight from directors and co-writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The liveliness of their Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs cartoon and the live-action 21 Jump Street hardly prepares audiences for their ability to transform blocky Lego figures, with painted faces and no arm or leg mobility, into charming or rapacious characters a viewer can instantly accept and believe in. The technique, which combines…

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