Today we have our first look at the latest brick-built CG animated film with the release of the The Lego Ninjago Movie trailer. The enormous success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Lego Movie, and another certain box office bonanza courtesy of Chris McKay’s The Lego Batman Movie, made this new film an obvious choice.
The toy range on which this new movie is based was originally released in 2011. Quickly adding engaging characters and a cohesive world, blending modern and ancient elements, to Lego’s previous ninja set, Ninjago has spawned dozens of sets and figures. There are whole libraries of books as well as six series of animated TV adventures. A feature film based on the toy range will have a huge audience eager to catch the Masters of Spinjitzu on the big screen.
Tron: Uprising’s Charlie Bean is taking the director’s chair on this new film. He’ll be working from a script from TV series writers Dan and Kevin Hageman, co-writing with Kevin Chesley and Bryan Shukoff. The voice cast includes Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and Jackie Chan as Sensei Wu. Justin Theroux will voice the film’s antagonist Lord Garmadon, brother to the ninjas’ Sensei and shown off in the images below as the four-armed, skull-faced monster.
While the Ninjago range does not have the instant appeal of The Lego Batman movie there is more than enough to build on here. The plethora of material, and the ubiquity of the characters on streaming services such as Netflix, has grown a large fanbase for the series. A fine voice cast coupled with a continuation of the unusually knowing tone of the TV series should mean we’re in for another Lego treat.
The Lego Ninjago Movie is released in UK cinemas on October 13th
The Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer
The Lego Ninjago Movie Poster