I can see this working if it utilizes a frame story similar to Princess Bride (As has been remarked), is a mix of live-action plus stop-motion animation (Rather than CG, which I cannot imagine looking good), and goes more for a sense of wonder and imagination rather than slapstick humor and toilet jokes.
I mean, think how cool it would be to have the LEGO parts of the movie essentially just being a kid's story as he's playing with LEGOs- no real sense or logic to the story, but something that pulls in a lot of classic LEGO themes (Not just current ones, I'm talking stuff like Classic Space, Pirates, Castle, etc, with new themes also being pulled into the mix) and just captures that sense of wonder and playful imagination that makes LEGOs so cool in the first place. Perhaps you make some sort of simple quest story, and set every 10-20 minutes of the film in a different locale- first there's Castle, then Pirates, then even Space, perhaps a bit of Aquazone or Atlantis, and the final bit be the confrontation with an evil Wizard or some such trope. Heck, depending on how it's done, the LEGO portions of the film could all be dialogue-less, with some narration when necessary. Perhaps then the live action portions (Which should be kept to about 40% of the film) could focus on a child's escape through his LEGOs, how he goes through the problems of his own life by creating worlds with his LEGO sets. Nothing too cliched, though, otherwise it paints LEGO bricks as the ultimate savior for problem children, but make it so that this child uses LEGOs as a means of escape from his own reality.
Think like Neverending Story types of stuff here, with more of the film being focused on just pure imagination, wonder, and a dash of spectacle, with your typical kid's cliches put to the wayside. The LEGO portions can have a fairy tale-like tone, while the live-action portions are serious, without being melodramatic. If they tried to go for something like that instead of something that would guarantee them an immediate success, then I think they'd have something that would become an absolute classic- something that gives kids things to really awe at and be wrapped up in, but also something for parents that would perhaps make them remember that childhood innocence and wonder from so long ago. Plus, in the long run, I think something like that would end up selling more LEGO sets.
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