What began as a Lego toy has now extended into two animated adventures: 2003's "Bionicle: Mask of Light" and this year's "Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui". This time around, the viewer is introduced to the entire history of Metru Nui. The story revolves around the selection of the great Toa: six guardians of the sacred masks unique to each region of Metru Nui. Chosen by the Great Spirit, these Toa are completely unprepared for their new roles as super heros. They must use their combined knowledge to save Metru Nui from the Great Darkness. "Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui" explores the challenges these civilians face as Toa: new powers, new responsibility and of course, team work. It is up to the Toa to master their new gifts in order to protect their homeland of Metru Nui.
Directors David Molina and Terry Shakespeare wanted the story to reflect Lego, which means that there are many pieces of the story which can be fit together in numerous different ways. In addition, the movie is meant as a learning experience, for it discusses issues that children themselves are bound to face in the real world. Unlike educational videos, these issues are presented in a fun and entertaining manner. For example, one of the Toa has an issue with self-confidence. He believes he is destined be a mask maker, and therefore doesn't think he's capable of being a Toa. Over the course of the movie, he learns that being a Toa is a challenge that can be accomplished with willingness, dedication and enthusiasm and that he would never have been chosen as such if the Great Spirit had not seen him fit. "Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui" features action packed animation, and an outrageously creative story-line that is sure to boggle most adult minds. This movie will have you continuously on the edge of your seat.
This DVD offers a number of interesting special features. Firstly, "The Making of 'Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui'" takes the viewer behind the scenes of the movie, and also the entire world of Bionicle. There is also a sneak preview of the phenomenal new Bionicle Lego figures set to be release in 2005. "The Legend Revealed" is a section devoted to viewer mail. Questions about Bionicle are answered by the Bionicle production team. "Metrui Nui Explorer" lets you look through Nuchu's telescope at the different regions of Metru Nui. When a region is chosen, Nuchu tells the viewer about the region and its inhabitants. "Bionicle Extras" features trailers for the Bionicle movies and promo spots for the Bionicle Lego toy. This section also includes an advertisement for the Legoland amusement park in California, home of a variety of Bionicle rides! Stay tuned for "Bionicle 3", coming fall 2005.
-"The Making of 'Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui'", "The Legend Revealed", "Metru Nui Explorer"