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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lego Movie 2 The Second Part theatrical poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Mitchell
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
Story by
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
  • Matthew Fogel
Based onLego Construction Toys
Starring
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Edited byClare Knight
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • February 7, 2019 (2019-02-07) (Denmark)
  • February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[2]
Country
  • United States
  • Denmark
  • Australia
LanguageEnglish
Budget$99 million[3]
Box office$191.1 million[4]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a 2019 computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by the Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment. A direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014), it is directed by Mike Mitchell,[5] with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (writers and directors of the first film) returning as producers and writers. It features Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Will Ferrell reprising their roles from the previous film, while new cast members include Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Maya Rudolph (replacing Amanda Farinos). The film focuses on Emmet Brickowski, as he attempts to rescue his friends from the Systar System, while dealing with a coming cataclysm known as "Armamageddon".

It is the fourth film in The Lego Movie franchise, following the release of the first film's two spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie (both 2017). Animation was provided by Animal Logic, who has provided the animation for all the films in the franchise, with Trisha Gum serving as animation director.[6]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was released in the United States and United Kingdom on February 8, 2019, in 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and IMAX 3D formats. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who commended its humor, animation, soundtrack, and voice acting, although some said it was not as "fresh" as the first film.[7][8] The film has grossed over $190 million worldwide against a budget of $99 million.

Plot[edit]

Following the destruction of the Kragle, Finn's sister Bianca has been invited to share their father's LEGO collection; in the LEGO universe, this is represented by the arrival of Duplo aliens. Emmet builds the aliens a heart as a token of friendship, but when one eats it and playfully demands more, Lucy interprets this as an attack and retaliates. The Duplo creatures cry and invade, making a mess of Bricksburg. President Business unhelpfully tells everyone to "get along" before leaving to go golfing, but Emmet tells Lucy that "Everything can still be awesome".

Five years later, Bianca has taken some of Finn's LEGO creations and other toys in their basement to play with.[9] In the LEGO universe, the Duplo army's invasions have turned Bricksburg into the post-apocalyptic wasteland Apocalypseburg, hardening its citizens. Emmet remains upbeat and wants to move into a dream home with Lucy, but he is troubled by visions of an impending cataclysm dubbed "Armamageddon".

A mini-doll named General Mayhem arrives and proclaims that Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi of the Systar System wants to marry Apocalypseburg’s leader. Mayhem's forces kidnap Batman, Lucy, Benny, MetalBeard, and Unikitty to the Systar System, where Batman eventually agrees to marry Wa'Nabi, while the others are placed in environments designed to tempt them, which only Lucy resists.

In pursuit, Emmet converts his house into a spaceship and travels through "the Stairgate" – out of the basement – and is saved from an asteroid field by rugged adventurer Rex Dangervest. Emmet begins to mimic Rex, hoping to impress Lucy. Lucy and her friends are taken to a spa; seeing her friends enjoy the catchy pop music, Lucy thinks they are being brainwashed and escapes to find Emmet. Rex and Emmet evade Wa'Nabi's forces and find Lucy. Emmet devises a rescue plan: Lucy will switch off the music, and Emmet will destroy the reception cake, encased in a temple, to stop the wedding.

As Lucy fights Mayhem, she learns the Systar System never meant to antagonize Apocalypseburg, but merely failed to communicate their desire to coexist in peace – in the real world, Bianca simply wants Finn to play with her. She also discovers that Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's original form was the heart Emmet gave the aliens. Realizing Rex has sinister motives, Lucy tries to stop Emmet but, manipulated by Rex, he destroys the temple.

In the real world, Emmet's destruction is carried out by Finn angrily destroying Bianca's LEGO creations. Emmet realizes his mistake but is seized by Rex, knocking Lucy onto a shelf. Now in the real world, she watches the siblings bicker. Aboard his ship, Rex reveals that he is an embittered version of Emmet from the future; abandoned for years underneath the dryer after crashing in the asteroid field, he became Rex – "Radical Emmet Xtreme" – and built a remote time machine to save Emmet. As revenge for being neglected while the other toys were played with, Rex has tricked his past self into bringing about Armamageddon.

When Emmet asks Rex what Armamageddon really is, he gets his answer when Rex explains what is happening in the real world right now; Bianca and Finn’s mother halts their bickering and asks them to put away their LEGO sets, representing Armamageddon (as Lucy discovers is a nickname for a new phrase: "Our momma gets in"). Everything in the Lego Universe begins to crumble and fall into the dark hole of the Bin of Storage, represented by Finn and Bianca taking their creations apart and putting them in bins. Bianca puts Lucy in storage last, and it all brings an apparent end to the LEGO universe that Lucy calls into question. In the real world, Finn hears Lucy and the others singing "Everything's Not Awesome" as Rex knocks Emmet under the dryer. Lucy rallies the others into escaping from the storage bin in various spacecraft and returning to the LEGO universe to save Emmet. Evading Rex's raptor Rexwing fighter squadron, Emmet and Lucy overpower Rex and sabotage his time machine. Rex redeems himself as he and his timeline fade from existence, and Emmet and Lucy reconcile.

Wa'Nabi and Batman wed, as Finn and Bianca agree to play together again. Their mother returns their LEGO sets and Finn repairs Bianca's creations, reversing Armamageddon. The LEGO universe is transformed into a mishmash of the restored Bricksburg and the Systar System: the peaceful "Syspocalypstar". President Business returns from golfing but is immediately ejected from the LEGO universe by fireworks. Emmet's dream house is rebuilt, and Lucy reveals that she was one of the original artists of "Everything Is Awesome", much to Emmet's surprise.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 3, 2014, Jared Stern was hired to write the sequel, along with Michelle Morgan.[24] On March 12, 2014, Deadline reported that animation co-director Chris McKay would direct the sequel with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as producers.[25] On April 10, 2014, it was reported that McKay wanted to have more women in the sequel than men.[26] On July 28, 2014, it was reported that Chris Pratt wants to return to reprise his role as Emmet. It was also reported that Will Arnett might return to reprise his role as Batman, but had not decided yet.[27]

In October 2014, Warner Bros. scheduled The Lego Batman Movie for 2017, and The Lego Movie 2 for May 25, 2018.[28][29] On October 25, 2014, it was reported that Lord and Miller had signed on to write The Lego Movie 2.[30] On October 30, it was announced that Australia-based animation studio Animal Logic was in talks to produce the next three Lego films (though the deal was not finalized at the time) and the New South Wales government would make financial contributions to all the films.[31] On November 12, during an interview with BBC News, Lord and Miller revealed that there would be more female characters featured in the film.[32]

On February 24, 2015, the sequel was titled The Lego Movie Sequel and Rob Schrab was announced as the film's director, replacing McKay as director as he was scheduled to direct The Lego Batman Movie instead.[33] By November 2015, Miller announced that the first draft of the script was completed.[34] Subsequent rewrites were provided by Raphael Bob-Waksberg,[35] Dominic Russo[36] and Matthew Fogel.[37] By February 2017, Schrab had been replaced by Mike Mitchell, reportedly due to "creative differences".[5] Production started in Canada on October 2, 2017.[38][39] In an interview with Collider, producer Dan Lin confirmed that Lord & Miller were rewriting the script during production.[40] Also Lin said that due to the success of competing Disney musical films like Frozen and Moana, the sequel was going to have more songs incorporated in the film. [40]

The production of the film took advantage of Animal Logic's latest update to its trace renderer, Glimpse, to improve on-screen detail and depth-of-field.[41]

The film is dedicated to Charie Miller, Christopher Miller's mother, who died on December 27, 2018, before the film was released.[42]

Writing[edit]

The Lego Movie 2's narrative starts after the events of the first film, just as Finn's toddler sister Bianca starts to play with Duplo blocks and tries to take over Bricksburg. In the intervening years, Bianca has taken more of the Lego sets to incorporate into her own creations. The animation team recognized that girls would likely not only use Lego bricks but also incorporate other materials, such as fabrics and paper, creating a challenge for their rendering team. They wanted these elements to appear as if a child was manipulating them through their stop-motion animation process. They explored multiple design styles for each playset that is within Bianca's room, the "Systar System", and developed new animation approaches for some of these styles, including using fewer frames as in inbetweening.[15]

They also incorporated the Lego Friends line of toys aimed at girls, which include mini-dolls like General Sweet Mayhem. However, unlike traditional Lego mini-figurines, the Lego Friends' mini-dolls do not have the same articulation, for example, having no separate leg movement or wrists that rotate. The production team, working with Lego, did not want to create walking and movement patterns that did not match the articulation the real figurines could do, and came up with creative solutions for animating these in the film. This also created a challenge for at least one song and dance number; production brought in a choreographing team to help plan out the dance taking into account for the restrictions of movement for the mini-figures. For Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, the production team decided to simply assign a pile of random Lego bricks for her, but required that each of the forms that she could shape-shift into used only those bricks from that pile.[15]

Among a concern between the creative leads was how to represent the Lego universe. Miller stated that they see each of the Lego films taking place in the mind of a child, with both The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie occurring within Finn's mind. With The Lego Movie 2, both Finn and Bianca's imaginations drive events, and the creators opted to leave parts of the film vague if the scene was based on Finn's version, Bianca's version or some combination. However, in some scenes they wanted to be clear it was Finn or Bianca's view influencing the events, and thus provided clues such as the type of dialogue given by the main characters to figure out whose imagination was at work.[9]

Among the mini-figures within the film is one based on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Lord and Miller had considered figures that would be unexpected within the film, with Ginsburg as one of their ideas. They received Ginsburg's blessing for this appearance, though she did not perform any voice work for this role. Subsequently, the Ginsburg mini-figure will be made as part of the movie's toy line.[43][44]

Casting[edit]

On March 23, 2018, it was reported that Tiffany Haddish had been cast in the film to voice a new lead character, while returning actors would be Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, Will Arnett as Batman, Channing Tatum as Superman, and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern.[10] Stephanie Beatriz and Arturo Castro were announced to be part of the film on June 4, 2018.[12] Castro was replaced by Richard Ayoade in the final film. During San Diego Comic Con 2018, it was announced that Pratt would also voice a new character in addition to Emmet, Rex Dangervest, who is based after Pratt himself.[11] In November 2018, Maya Rudolph joined the cast.[16] In early January 2019, it was revealed that Jason Momoa would reprise his role as Aquaman from the DC Extended Universe. Gal Gadot was to also reprise her role as Wonder Woman from the DC Extended Universe, replacing Cobie Smulders from the previous film,[45] but Smulders ended up returning shortly before the film's release.[18]

Daniel Radcliffe was originally set to voice a look-like of his Harry Potter known as Larry Potter, but his scene was ultimately cut. It was revealed by Mike Mitchell that Radcliffe's cameo was deleted due to not wanting to risk anything that would upset the Harry Potter fandom. The character was replaced by Larry Poppins (another look-alike character based on a British media icon).[46]

Music[edit]

Following the same attempt to create an earworm with the first film's "Everything Is Awesome", the producers of the film created a similar song for the sequel, called "Catchy Song", which principally features as its only lyric the repeated phrase "This song's gonna get stuck inside your head". The song was written by Jon Lajoie, produced by Dillon Francis, and sung by T-Pain and That Girl Lay Lay. According to Lajoie, he found that "Everything is Awesome" was "annoyingly catchy", and the only way that they could outdo that was "Dial the 'annoying' up to 11!".[47]

Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the first film's soundtrack, as well as the score for The Lego Ninjago Movie, returned to compose the score for the sequel.[48]

Soundtrack[edit]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2019
Recorded2018
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length23:51
LabelWaterTower Music
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Everything Is Awesome (Tween Dream Remix)"Garfunkel & Oates featuring Eban Schletter1:53
2."5:15"Stephanie Beatriz0:34
3."Welcome to the Systar System"Yossi Guetta, Esther Guetta & Fiora Cutler0:38
4."Not Evil"Tiffany Haddish3:33
5."Catchy Song"Dillon Francis featuring T-Pain & That Girl Lay Lay2:48
6."Gotham City Guys"Tiffany Haddish & Will Arnett2:16
7."Everything's Not Awesome"Stephanie Beatriz, Ben Schwartz, Alison Brie, Noel Fielding, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt and Richard Ayoade3:01
8."Super Cool"Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island3:23
9."Come Together Now"Matt and Kim2:13
10."Hello Me & You"Superorganism3:32
Total length:23:51

Score[edit]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Original Motion Picture Score
Film score by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2019
Recorded2018
GenreFilm soundtrack, film score
Length51:56
LabelWaterTower Music
No.TitleLength
1."Your Sister"0:51
2."Main Title (The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part)"1:25
3."Apocalypseburg / Green Hornet"1:02
4."Apocalypseburg"0:58
5."House Tour"1:43
6."A Shooting Star"0:45
7."Run"2:39
8."Door Slowly Closing"1:21
9."General Mayhem"1:37
10."Triple Decker Couch"0:59
11."No Real Heroes Left"2:30
12."I'll Show Them"0:58
13."The Systar System"1:01
14."Introducing Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi"1:33
15."Did You Say Wedding?"1:06
16."Emmet Saved by Rex / Circular Stairway"1:15
17."Rexcelsior Tour / Crank the Warp Drive"3:45
18."Heading to Planet Sparkles"1:02
19."Emmet and Rex"1:01
20."Alien Jungle"1:57
21."Heck Town"1:53
22."Duplo Brickyard"1:04
23."The Man of Bats Welcome"0:40
24."Fresh Nightmare"1:49
25."Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi & Batman Falling in Love"1:10
26."Lucy Fights Mayhem"1:31
27."Introducing the Wedding Party"1:01
28."Emmet the Hero"0:48
29."The Fight Continues"3:08
30."What Did I Just Do?"2:43
31."There I Was"1:51
32."You're Weak / Brother Gives Heart"2:35
33."Rex Vanishes"2:15
Total length:51:56

Release[edit]

The film was theatrically released in North America and the United Kingdom on February 8, 2019. The film was released one day earlier in Denmark. [49] This was its third rescheduling; it was first scheduled to be released in the US on May 26, 2017 and then on May 18, 2018.[50][51]

On January 24, 2019, Warner Bros. announced it would hold one-day previews for the film in 500 theaters in the United States, two days later.[52]

Marketing[edit]

On June 4, 2018, the first poster was released along with an announcement that the first trailer would be released the following day.[53] The second trailer was released on November 20, 2018, along with the second poster.[54] On Black Friday 2018, Warner Bros. released The Lego Movie on YouTube in its entirety for one day only, with a trailer for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part attached.[55] The third and final trailer was released on December 19, 2018.

In the UK, DFS Furniture ran a marketing campaign that tied in with The Lego Movie 2.[56]

Other brands that partnered[57] with the film include Chevrolet[58] for promoting the Silverado, Chiquita,[59] McDonald's for Happy Meal toys, Discover card, and Turkish Airlines.

Just like the first film, Lego released a toyline theme of over 20 sets based on scenes from the film, including collectable Minifigures.

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the film, The Lego Movie 2 Videogame, a direct sequel to The Lego Movie Videogame, was announced on November 27, 2018 and was released in North America on February 26, 2019, two weeks after the film's release, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Short films[edit]

On August 1, 2018, Turkish Airlines and Warner Bros. released a special safety video featuring characters from the franchise.[60]

On December 10, 2018, Warner Bros. released a short film, titled Emmet's Holiday Party, as a Christmas styled promotion for the film.[61][62]

On January 8, 2019, one month before the film's release, Lego released a music video titled "Everything is Awesome" Dance Together Music Video, on its official YouTube Channel. The video uses the titular song.[63]

From January 5 to January 26, 2019, the Lego channel released a series of short films, Saving Bricksburg, in which characters from the film were shown in short reenactments of The Lego Movie.

Home media[edit]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was released on digital and Movies Anywhere on April 16, 2019, and was released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray (2D and 3D), Ultra HD Blu-ray, and DVD formats on May 7. It includes the short Emmet's Holiday Party and a sing-along version, among others.[64][65]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part grossed $105.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $85.1 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $190.9 million.[4]

In the United States and Canada, The Lego Movie 2 was released alongside What Men Want, Cold Pursuit and The Prodigy, and was originally projected to gross $50–55 million from 4,303 theaters in its opening weekend.[66] The film made $1.5 million from Thursday night previews, and when combined with advance screenings held at 550 theaters on January 26, 2019, made a total preview gross of $2.1 million. After making $8.5 million on its first day, weekend estimates were lowered to $31 million. It went to debut to $34.1 million, finishing first at the box office but marking a 50% decline from the first film. Deadline Hollywood attributed the low opening to franchise fatigue due to the release of two spin-offs prior to The Lego Movie 2, as well as Warner Bros. promoting the film using similar marketing tactics from the first film, leading audiences assuming the sequel derivative and indistinguishable from its predecessor.[67][68]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 271 reviews, with an average rating of 6.96/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While it isn't quite as much fun as its predecessor, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part fits neatly into an animated all-ages franchise with heart and humor to spare."[69] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[70] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale (down from the first film's "A"), while those at PostTrak gave it an average 4 out of 5 stars; social media monitor RelishMix noted online responses to the film were "great".[67]

Jesse Hassenger of The A.V. Club called the film "lovable", giving it a grade of B and writing "Like Brad Bird's recent Incredibles 2, it follows up a dazzling animated original (all the more dazzling for earning that designation despite being based on a toy line) with some big ideas that don’t cohere with the same streamlined magic as its predecessor."[71] TheWrap's Yolanda Machado commended the screenplay and directing and wrote that the film "expands on the original's premise, adding new worlds and characters to the growing LEGO universe, while also crafting a story that is timely, inventive, hilarious and perfect for all ages."[72]

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly says that while it was better than most other films it didn't recapture the surprise of the first film, saying "Everything is still awesome. Just a little bit less so."[73] For The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Rechtshaffen wrote that the film brought "little that's fresh or funny to the interlocking brick table despite boasting a script penned by originators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller."[8]

Possible sequel[edit]

There is a possibility that there will be a third film in the main story. On February 7, 2019, Pratt expressed his idea for a "The Lego Movie 3: The Third Part" in an interview with Moviefone.

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