The Following Preview… #71: The Lego Ninjago Movie

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Source: Warner Bros.

With The Lego Batman Movie opening in theaters on Friday, the studio has released the first trailer for the next Lego animated movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie, opening September 22nd:

Dave Franco voices Lloyd, a young secret ninja who’s friends with a bunch of other young secret ninjas. When his dad, the evil lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) poses a threat, Lloyd and his friends must take him down with the guidance of their mentor, Master Wu (Jackie Chan). Olivia Munn plays Lloyd’s mom Koko, and Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, and Zach Woods round out the core cast as Lloyd’s buddies.

The Lego Ninjago Movie is in theaters September 22. It’s directed by Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising). The Lego Movie‘s Phil LordChris MillerDan Lin, and Roy Lee serve as producers.

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.


I’ll say right off the bat that I’m not much of a Ninjago fan so, my interest levels in this are not as particularly high as some of the other Lego movies that have come out but with that said, this still looks really damn good.

The animation once again looks top notch, they’ve got a really good voice cast for this movie, Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pena, Zack Woods, plus the visual look of the film looks amazing. That opening shot with the bad guy’s ships flying over the city with the reflections showing up in the water, these films have done such a good job going into detail with the animation, it just goes to show how much effort and time they put into this movie.

The music choice for the trailer surprisingly fits too. You can understand why they used Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood seeing as how it does fit into the premise of the film, and it’s not as much of a distraction as I thought it was going to be.

My biggest problem with the trailer and this movie coming up is essentially, will this movie be able to branch out the Ninjago storyline for a wide audience and not just the fans? Like I said, I’m not into the whole Ninjago franchise so I really do not know the whole story behind the franchise itself and I know that a lot of people who will go to see this movie may feel left out too so what I’m wondering is how this movie will branch that story out to the general audiences so they don’t need to be die hard fans to enjoy the movie.

Unlike The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, I’m actually going into The Lego Ninjago Movie with some trepidations solely on the fact that I do not know much about the Ninjago franchise itself, I really hope they have found a way to broaden this story out so non Ninjago fans can actually appreciate it and they’ve made a really good movie on the level of the previous two Lego movies. Still, the animation looks great, they’ve got a really solid voice cast, the comedy is just as funny, the visual look is still very impressive. I’m still excited to see this one but I’m holding back my expectations just a tiny bit until I can see more of what they have to offer.

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