The daily public updates by Premier Legault, Health and Social Services Minister Danielle McCann, and National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda have become a reliable anchor in Quebec residents' confinement routine. Between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. every day, viewers come together in spirit to hear the latest news, public health recommendations, and words of encouragement from the leaders managing the crisis. Now, two Quebecers are paying tribute to this profound daily routine — through a stop-motion LEGO movie appropriated titled "La mise à jour de François Lego."
It's a whimsical take on the otherwise solemn press conference, highlighting the heroic communal effort to protect the most vulnerable.
In the video, a family gathers around the television to listen to Legault (who sits next to an uncannily accurate LEGO depiction of Dr. Arruda) as he thanks health care workers and people everywhere for their work to assist their communities.
The two-minute video took 10 days, 5,000 LEGO pieces, and 1,835 photos to complete, Simon Blanchet, one of its creators, told MTL Blog.
"The idea came about when" his partner "Evlynn decided to take the opportunity to take out the LEGOs with all the time the containment gave us to start building something," he explained.
"On TV they were talking about the people who were encouraging the health workers by applauding or their relatives in the CHSLD by going to the balconies to sing songs."
"Evlynn thought it was an inspiring picture to recreate."
"We've often talked about the idea of making a short film with our LEGO but knowing the work and the time it takes, we never really stopped to do it."
"I proposed to include a reproduction of the press conference and one thing led to another in elaborating the 'story' of the film, it became the thread to link all the other tableaux together in a coherent whole."
The daily updates have been the inspiration for other endeavours, as well, including an entire meme culture that has developed around the eccentric character of Dr. Arruda.