The Lego Ninjago Movie
|The Lego Ninjago Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$123.1 million|
The Lego Ninjago Movie is a 2017 3D computer-animated martial arts comedy film directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan. The film was written by Logan, Fisher, William Wheeler, Tom Wheeler, Jared Stern and John Whittington. It stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods and Jackie Chan. The story within a story focuses on Lloyd Garmadon, a teenage ninja, as he attempts to accept the truth about his villainous father, while a new threat emerges to endanger his homeland.
Based on the Lego Ninjago toy line, it is an international co-production of the United States and Denmark, the first theatrical film to be based on an original Lego property, and the third installment of The Lego Movie franchise. It was released in the United States on September 22, 2017, in 3D, 2D and Dolby Cinema by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film has a 55% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it grossed $123.1 million.
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A young boy ventures into an old relic shop, where he meets the mysterious owner, Mr. Liu, who begins to tell the boy the legend of Ninjago, a city within the Lego Universe that is frequently terrorized by the evil Lord Garmadon, who is the father of teenager Lloyd Garmadon and ex-husband of Misako (a.k.a. Koko). Ninjago despises Lloyd for being Lord Garmadon's son, which puts Lloyd under emotional stress. They do not know that Lloyd is part of the secret ninja force, consisting of Nya, Zane, Jay, Cole, Kai and their master named Wu, who always stop Garmadon from taking over Ninjago City by fighting with mechs. On Lloyd's 16th birthday, Garmadon attacks Ninjago City once again only to be defeated. He escapes and fires nine generals of his Shark Army for failing to help him. He then begins to plan a big attack to conquer Ninjago, and his GIT's show him plans to build a gigantic mech that is immune to weapons.
Meanwhile, Lloyd and his friends see the return of Master Wu, back from a long trip he took. Master Wu tells them they aren't real ninjas if they use only mechs to fight, and discusses with Lloyd that his element is green, confusing Lloyd. Master Wu tells Lloyd he must not be angry at Garmadon; he must use his mind to fight. Wu mentions an Ultimate Weapon, giving Lloyd the hope of defeating Garmadon once and for all, despite being forbidden to use the weapon.
The next day, Garmadon attacks Ninjago City with his giant mech and defeats Lloyd. As Garmadon declares his rule over Ninjago, Lloyd returns with the Ultimate Weapon. He fires it, revealing it to be a laser that attracts a real-life cat named Meowthra. Meowthra starts destroying the city while trying to get the laser. Garmadon points the laser to make the cat destroy the other mechs, before Lloyd breaks it. As Garmadon celebrates his victory, Lloyd reveals that he is the Green Ninja, and tells Garmadon that he wishes he weren't his father, leaving Garmadon confused.
Lloyd meets up with his friends and Master Wu, who are all upset with him for using the weapon. Wu tells them they must use an Ultimate, Ultimate Weapon to stop Meowthra from destroying Ninago City, which they would reach by crossing the Forest of Dangers, the Canyon of Death, and the Temple of Fragile Foundations at the other side of Ninago Island. Garmadon overhears Wu talking about the weapon and follows close behind. He meets up with Wu and fights him, only to end up in a cage, defeated. However, Wu loses his balance and falls off a bridge into a river, telling Lloyd he must use inner peace before getting swept away.
The ninjas decide to continue on, with Garmadon leading them much to Lloyd's disappointment. They are caught by the Shark Army, who want revenge for being fired by Garmadon and shot out of his volcano lair. The ninjas try to fight, but are easily defeated. They retreat leaving Lloyd and Garmadon behind to be caught by the Shark Army. The Shark Army begin to drop Lloyd and Garmadon into a replica volcano, but the rest of the ninjas save the day using stealth fighting. They all work together with Garmadon to escape the angry Shark Army by building a makeshift helicopter, and Lloyd and Garmadon bond together in the process.
They eventually crash down onto the Temple of Fragile Foundations. Garmadon reveals that it is his home, as well as Koko formerly being a ninja warrior herself. He tells Lloyd that he wishes he had stayed with him and his mom after deciding to conquer Ninjago, but he couldn't change so he had to stay behind. The ninjas find the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon, consisting of a set of trinkets, only to have it stolen by Garmadon who still wants to take over the city. He offers for Lloyd to be his general, but Lloyd rejects his offer. Out of fury, Garmadon locks all of them in the temple as it begins to collapse. Lloyd realizes that inner peace means for them to unleash their power within, and they successfully do this, using their elemental powers and escaping from the collapsing temple. As they fall of a cliff, Wu saves them with his ship, the Destiny's Bounty and they head towards Ninjago.
Garmadon arrives and tries to control Meowthra with the weapons but Meowthra eats Garmadon instead. Lloyd and the crew arrive and begin fighting Garmadon's army. As Lloyd approaches Meowthra, he reveals to everyone that he is the green ninja, and realizes that green means life, which brings everything together. He comforts Meowthra and tells Garmadon he forgives him and that he's sorry. Garmadon cries tears of fire, which causes Meowthra to spit him out. After reconciling, Garmadon moves in with Lloyd and Koko, Meowthra becomes the mascot of Ninjago, and Lloyd is hailed as a hero.
As the story concludes, Mr. Liu tells the boy that he will start to train him as a ninja.
A mid-credits scene also shows a gag reel of a cup stunt performed by Chan as Liu at the film's opening.
- Dave Franco as Lloyd Garmadon, the Green Ninja, leader of the Secret Ninja Force, Lord Garmadon and Misako's son, and Master Wu's nephew.
- Michael Peña as Kai, the hotheaded, red Ninja of Fire and Nya's brother.
- Kumail Nanjiani as Jay, the quiet and cautious, blue Ninja of Lightning.
- Abbi Jacobson as Nya, the strong, silver Ninja of Water, Kai's sister, and Jay's crush.
- Zach Woods as Zane, the robotic, white Ninja of Ice.
- Fred Armisen as Cole, the laid-back, music-loving black Ninja of Earth.
- Jackie Chan as Master Wu, the wisecracking leader of the group, Lord Garmadon's brother and Lloyd's uncle.
- Chan also plays Mr. Liu, an elderly shopkeeper who appears in the live-action part of the film to explain the story of Ninjago to a young boy, played by Kaan Guldur.
- Justin Theroux as Lord Garmadon, the Dark Ninja, an evil warlord, the father of Lloyd, the ex-husband of Misako and the brother of Master Wu.
- Olivia Munn as Misako "Koko", Lord Garmadon's ex-wife and Lloyd's mother. She was formerly known as the legendary "Lady Iron Dragon" when she worked as a warrior-queen.
- Randall Park as Chen, a male cheerleader at Ninjago High School.
- Retta as Maggie, a female cheerleader at Ninjago High School.
- Constance Wu as the Mayor of Ninjago
- Charlyne Yi as Terri, an IT Nerd working for Lord Garmadon.
- Vanara Taing as Asimov, an IT Nerd working for Lord Garmadon.
- Chris Hardwick as Radio DJ
- Robin Roberts as herself, a Lego caricature of the newscaster. In the UK version, she is replaced by Kate Garraway.
- Michael Strahan as himself, a Lego caricature of the known media personality and former New York Giants member. In the UK version, he is replaced by Ben Shephard.
- David Burrows as Fuchsia Ninja, a ninja who has the "element of surprise."
- Alex Kauffman as Ninja Computer
- Ali Wong as General Olivia, the fish-themed general of Garmadon's Shark Army.
- Todd Hansen as General Omar, the shark-themed general of Garmadon's Shark Army.
- Doug Nicholas as General Jollty, the general of Garmadon's Shark Army.
- Bobby Lee as Pilates Studios Owner
- Laura Kightlinger as Mrs. Laudita, a teacher at Ninjago High School.
- Pearl and Ruby as Meowthra, a live-action cat that terrorizes Ninjago.
On September 17, 2013, Warner Bros. announced that it was developing an animated Ninjago film based on the Lego toy line Lego Ninjago. The Hageman brothers, who wrote Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu show and co-wrote the story of The Lego Movie, would write the adaptation. Charlie Bean was announced as director, and The Lego Movie team of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller as producers. On June 27, 2016, the film's voice cast was announced, including Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Jackie Chan, and Abbi Jacobson. Additional voice cast included Justin Theroux as Lord Garmadon and Olivia Munn as Koko.
In order to give the film a more believable father-son atmosphere, Dave Franco and Justin Theroux recorded most of their lines where their characters interact with each other together in a single recording studio. During the process, Franco openly admitted he found himself uncontrollably crying while recording some of his lines. Franco stated "I found myself getting caught up in the moment and basically crying harder than I have in any live-action movie I’ve ever been in".
Jackie Chan choreographed all of Master Wu's fight scenes in live action before they were recreated in animation for the film. Chan found the experience new to him as well as interesting. “Everything the stunt team does, the ninjas do also”. Chan commented.
|The Lego Ninjago Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Mark Mothersbaugh, various artists|
|Released||September 15, 2017|
|Studio||Trackdown Studios in Sydney, Australia|
|Genre||Film soundtrack, film score|
|Producer||Mark Mothersbaugh, Shawn Patterson, Bartholomew|
|Mark Mothersbaugh chronology|
|Singles from The Lego Ninjago Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the score for The Lego Movie, returned to score The Lego Ninjago Movie. Along with the score, the album includes Master Wu's flute music, played by Greg Pattillo, and five new songs created for the movie. The song "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar appeared in the film's trailers but is not included not on the score album; other pop songs in the film are likewise not included.
|1.||"Heroes"||Alexander Geringas, William Fuller||Blaze n Vill||3:26|
|2.||"Operation New Me"||Chris McKay, Jared Gutstadt, Taka Moriuchi, Jamil Kazmi, Jeff Peters||Jingle Punks||2:37|
|3.||"It's Garmadon"||The De Luca Brothers||The De Luca Brothers||2:49|
|4.||"Found My Place"||Chris Sernel, Jeff Lewis||Oh, Hush! feat. Jeff Lewis||3:16|
|5.||"Dance of Doom"||Cole, Artadi||Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi||3:24|
|6.||"LEGO Ninja Shop"||2:41|
|7.||"It's the Hard Knock Life"||Charles Strouse (music)|
Martin Charnin (lyrics)
|8.||"Wise Master Wu"||3:01|
|10.||"The Rise of Kitty Kitty"||3:38|
|11.||"A Wish and a Ruined City"||3:37|
|12.||"Journey to the Control Tower"||2:20|
|13.||"Welcome to the Jungle"||Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler||Greg Pattillo||0:28|
|14.||"The Power"||Antoinette Colandreo, Benito Benites, John Garrett III||Greg Pattillo||0:21|
|16.||"A Grave Amount of Generals"||3:30|
|17.||"Ninjas to the Rescue"||2:17|
|18.||"Arm Popping Flying Lesson"||4:53|
|19.||"The Lady Iron Dragon"||5:01|
|20.||"The Ultimate Ultimate Weapon"||5:10|
|21.||"The Art of Spinjitsu"||4:21|
|22.||"Here Kitty Kitty"||3:17|
The Lego Ninjago Movie was released by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 22, 2017, in 2D and 3D. It was originally scheduled for a September 23, 2016 release. A short film, The Master, that promoted the feature film was shown in front of screenings of Storks, which took the original September 23 release date. On February 8, 2017, the first trailer was released. The trailer was shown in front of screenings of The Lego Batman Movie. On July 22, 2017, a second trailer for the film was shown as part of San Diego Comic-Con and released on YouTube later in the day. Both trailers feature the song "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift, with the second trailer also featuring "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette, "Ain't Gonna Die Tonight" by Macklemore and "I Wanna Go Out" by American Authors.
The Lego Ninjago Movie was originally planned for an IMAX release, as evident in trailers (attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Transformers: The Last Knight), and Facebook, but was cancelled and only received non-IMAX presentations and then eventually, Kingsman: The Golden Circle took over the IMAX screenings.
Over twenty Lego sets inspired by scenes from the film were released for the film including a set of Collectible Minifigures. A video game by TT Fusion based on the film, The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game, was released on September 22, 2017, for Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is similar to previous Lego games, with some new features such as multiplayer and new techniques.
The Lego Ninjago Movie has grossed $59.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $63.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $123 million.
In North America, the film was released alongside Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Friend Request. Various tracking services had the film projected to gross anywhere from $27–44 million from 4,047 theaters in its opening weekend. However, after making $5.8 million on its first day, weekend projections were lowered to $21 million. It ended up debuting to $21.2 million, finishing third at the box office and ranking as the lowest opening of the Lego franchise by over 50%.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 55% based on 119 reviews and an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Despite ample charm and a few solid gags, The Lego Ninjago Movie suggests this franchise's formula isn't clicking like it used to." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100 based on 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
|List of Accolades|
|Award / Film Festival||Category||Recipient(s)||Result|
|16th Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature||Gregory Jowle, Fiona Childton, Miles Green, Kim Taylor||Nominated|
|Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature||Arthur Terzis, Wei Hei, Jean-Marc Ariu, Gibson Radsavanh for "Garma Mecha Man"||Nominated|
|Matthew Everitt, Christian So, Loic Miermont, Fiona Darwin for "Garmadon"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature||Kim Taylor, Angela Ensele, Felicity Coonan, Jean Pascal leBlanc for "Ninjago City"||Nominated|
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