Preston Mutanga, a 14-year-old kid, recreated the ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse‘ trailers and also animated the LEGO scenes in the film. Preston, known as (LEGOMe_TheOG) on Twitter, used his skills to bring the LEGO universe to life in Across the Spider-Verse.
Preston Mutanga is a talented teenager born in Minnesota to immigrant parents from the Northwest Region of Cameroon. In an interview with the New York Times, Mutanga said, “I also used to make comics when I was younger.” He added, “Looking back at them now, they’re not the greatest; I’m not going to lie, but it was good practice for telling stories.”
“My dad showed me this 3-D software called Blender and I instantly got hooked on it,” he said. “I watched a lot of YouTube videos to teach myself certain stuff.”
In December 2022, Preston took on a project that would have a profound impact on his young dreams. Using his father’s old computers, he recreated the trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ shot by shot, giving it a Lego-themed look and feel.
Gisele Mutanga, Preston’s mother, said, “I know Preston has a gift that was given to him by God, and once we identified that he had that gift, all we could do as parents was nurture him and let him grow. He can fly.”
Preston posted his trailer online. The impressive quality of his craftsmanship gained attention and caught the eyes of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors of “The Lego Movie” and two of the writer-producers of “Spider-Verse.”
On Twitter, Preston posted, “Looks like I can officially confirm it now, yes, I animated a part for #AcrossTheSpiderVerse! it was honestly such an amazing journey and working with @philiplord, @chrizmillr, @CSteinberg9, and the rest of the Spider-verse team was a dream come true. you guys absolutely ROCK.”
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now playing in theaters. Read our review.