“THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” – An Epic Tale of Good and ... Dad
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan.
Sharing the heart, wit, and irrepressible sense of fun that made the first two outings so unforgettable, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie explores another cinematic world—the fantastic, faraway island of NINJAGO—with a new ensemble of characters and its own signature style: a fusion of state-of-the-art digital brick animation with elements of the organic world that producer Dan Lin calls “the next step in the evolution of the LEGO films.”
What the filmmakers envisioned was an expansive action adventure with the handmade look and feel of something sprung from the imagination of a kid creating a LEGO universe in his own backyard. And to re-capture that excitement for the Master Builder in everyone.
“We have fight sequences choreographed by kung fu legend Jackie Chan, giant mech combat and a creature bent on destroying the city. It’s crazy,” says Charlie Bean, a longtime LEGO fan and one of the film’s directors. “I love martial arts movies, robot and monster movies, and this is a love letter to those genres, seen through the unique LEGO lens.”
At the same time, the story touches on themes and values that are not only the hallmark of these films but have been the foundation of the LEGO experience for generations. “It’s about family, and self-discovery,” says Bean, citing the central conflict between the young ninja Lloyd, dedicated to protecting NINJAGO City, and his father, Garmadon, who is constantly attacking it.
“Even though it’s played out on an epic scale, it’s an intimate story centered on this father and son. They are at odds with each other for many reasons, beyond the fact that one is a hero and one is a villain. Lloyd feels he missed out on having his father in his life. Through the course of their adventure, they tackle challenges that are bigger than both of them, and they are forced to deal with each other, which requires a process of discovery for each of them.”
The story calls upon Lloyd and his fellow ninjas to look within, to find their own true strengths and talents, and their inner… piece.
“These are modern kids and they’re obsessed with technology, like all of us,” says Bean. “Their teacher, Master Wu, is trying to instill in them the fundamentals of what it really means to be a ninja, but they’d rather fight with loud, shiny mechs. He’s trying to teach them that mechs get destroyed and technology can let you down. They need to understand that what’s inside them is more powerful than any of that.”
“The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.