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Three years ago, Warner Bros. brought every kids’ favorite toy to life in The LEGO Movie. Inspired by the LEGO line of construction toys, the film creatively weaved in humor and heart into a compelling, original story. The film’s unique visual style felt authentic and the story was complemented by a score that we could not get out of our heads. Everything about The LEGO Movie was awesome, and Warner Bros. continued to expand on the LEGO worlds and mini-figures with The LEGO Batman Movie and the LEGO NINJAGO Movie, which opens in theaters on September 22, 2017.
Find the Ninja Within Ya. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie debuts in theaters September 22
Starring Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and Jackie Chan, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie follows the story of Master Builder Lloyd as he sets out to defeat the evil warlord Garmadon. By day, Lloyd is a teenage ninja, but when the city is under attack him and his secret ninja friends use their mind and their moves to protect the city.
On the day of Lloyd’s birthday, Garmadon, who happens to be both the Worst Guy Ever and Lloyd’s father, sets out to attack the city. During this battle, Lloyd learns that his father doesn’t care about him. Emotional, Lloyd and his team of modern-day ninjas seek the advice of Master Wu as they face a new threat to the city of NINJAGO.
Jackie Chan and the Voice Cast Talk The LEGO NINJAGO Movie
Over three years in the making, The LEGO NINJAG Movie was made “brick by brick” (Charlie Bean). “We want the movie to feel like kids are playing with toys” and the film is as tactile and photo-real as possible, according to Producer Chris McKay. While the movie was made using a computer, the filmmakers replicated the stop-motion look and feel of real plastic during production.
The Visual Aesthetic of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie
While their appears to be an overall similarity when it comes to the visual aesthetic of the LEGO movies, each one is different. Producer Dan Lin notes that The LEGO Batman Movie was darker, in contrast to the brighter, more beautiful visuals of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Similarly, this particular film incorporates natural elements, and audiences will see real water, smoke, fire, trees and plants, as opposed to the brick versions seen in The LEGO Movie.
One of the things I was pleasantly surprised by in The LEGO Movie was the wit and humor that was cleverly crafted to appeal to both children and adults. In The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, there were several jokes I know went over my kids heads. “The creative team behind these movies somehow finds a way to make the humor appeal equally to my nephews, who are all under the age of five, as [well as] my friends who are in their 30s. And that’s not an easy task” (Dave Franco).
Jackie Chan’s Advice to Aspiring Kung Fu Artists
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie opens with a young boy venturing into a relic shop where he meets the mysterious Mr. Liu (Jackie Chan). It is here that he tells the boy the legend of NINJAGO. Chan also voices the wise and wisecracking leader of the ninajs, Master Wu. It seemed only fitting that he would pass on his sage wisdom to the children who were also present at the press conference.
“Just practice,” Chan begins. “You don’t have to practice to knock somebody down.” Practice and martial arts are “good for your brain, good for your health, good for everything. When you know martial arts, you respect everybody, your parents, your teacher, nature, the whole world.”
The LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Coloring Book
To celebrate the release of the film, download The LEGO NINAGO Movie Coloring Book. You can also download our free printables here. You can also play the Kai-Chi Game, Flight of the Ninja, and Spinjitzu Slash.
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