Champions for animation Phil Lord and Chris Miller are each other's critics

Besides writing and directing the 2014 hit, The Lego Movie, film-making duo Chris Miller (left) and Phil Lord also produced Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018).
Besides writing and directing the 2014 hit, The Lego Movie, film-making duo Chris Miller (left) and Phil Lord also produced Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018).PHOTO: REUTERS

Film-making duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller have done pretty well with critics across genres, whether it is directing hit live-action movies (21 Jump Street, 2012), producing an acclaimed television series (The Last Man On Earth, 2015 to 2018) or writing and directing box-office-crushing animation (The Lego Movie, 2014).

Aside from one notable blip - they were sacked as the directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) following creative differences with the studio - they have been largely bulletproof at both the box office and in review columns.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Champions for animation are each other's critics'. Print Edition | Subscribe