09/15/2011 06:46 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2011

European Debt Crisis Explained Using Lego, Buzz Lightyear (WATCH)

The European debt crisis appears to be so complicated that even financial wonks are resorting to toys to explain it.

Felix Salmon of Reuters takes the latest stab at making sense of the crisis in a video featuring Jessie, the cowgirl from Toy Story, as International Monetary Fund Chair Christine Lagarde, and Buzz Lightyear as European Central Bank President Jean Claude Trichet.

The idea of using toys to describe Europe's complicated situation isn't original to Salmon. Earlier this month, JPMorgan Chase's Michael Cembalest first created a toy-based graphic to explain the interconnections of a region brought together by the national debts of a handful of countries.

Though Salmon employs a light tone in the video, his message is serious: European leaders won’t solve the region’s crisis unless all the different toys on the board can find some way to agree.

See Salmon's post on Reuter's here.