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The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

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Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Master Wu / Mr. Liu (voice)
Dave Franco ... Lloyd (voice)
Fred Armisen ... Cole (voice)
Kumail Nanjiani ... Jay (voice)
Michael Peña ... Kai (voice)
Abbi Jacobson ... Nya (voice)
Zach Woods ... Zane (voice)
David Burrows ... Fuchsia Ninja (voice)
Alex Kauffman Alex Kauffman ... Ninja Computer (voice)
Justin Theroux ... Garmadon (voice)
Ali Wong ... General Olivia (voice)
Garret Elkins Garret Elkins ... Retirement General (voice)
Todd Hansen Todd Hansen ... General Omar (voice)
Doug Nicholas Doug Nicholas ... General Jolly (voice)
Charlyne Yi ... Terri IT Nerd (voice)
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Storyline

Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they're gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they're ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school. Written by Movie insider

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From the team that assembled The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie See more »


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Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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USA | Denmark | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lego Ninjago Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,433,071, 24 September 2017

Gross USA:

$59,281,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,081,555
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Each Lego movie has a bad father and needy son dynamic. See more »

Quotes

Sensei Wu: You will be mired in the canyon of general unhappiness and if you still alive, you'll be crushed by the temple of fragile foundations!
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Crazy Credits

As with The LEGO Movie (2014), the third of the closing credits is presented in the background of changing LEGO colors. The cast is divided into groups. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK version, local television presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard replaced the voices of Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan, respectively. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Good Morning America (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's All Do The Rocktagon
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Performed by Mark Jonathan Davis
Written by Mark Jonathan Davis and Noel Melanio
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It'll please the little tykes and meet with their approval
30 September 2017 | by dfranzen70See all my reviews

Fresh off the success of The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie comes The LEGO Ninjago Movie, about an elite ninja force fighting an evil warlord by night and existing as unpopular high schoolers by day. The kids are sort of like the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, in that each of them has a distinct color scheme and elemental theme going for them, like fire, water, ice(?), earth, and lightning(?).

The de facto leader of this young crew is Lloyd (Dave Franco), whose color is green and whose theme is…also green. (It's explained later.) Together, the team fights the ever-invading forces of Garmadon (Justin Theroux). The name of the city Garmadon wants to conquer is Ninjago, which looks like it should be pronounced like "Ninja Go!" but really is pronounced with the emphasis on the middle syllable: "NinJAgo." Anyway, the big secret that Lloyd and the gang hide, aside from their real-life identities as high school students, is that Green Ninja is – dun dun DUN – the son of Garmadon. Lloyd the teenager, on the other hand, is well known as the warlord's kid, and man does he bear the brunt of their ire. Kids sit on the opposite side of the bus from him. People boo him. He just has to deal, because it's what being a kid is all about, right? Now Lloyd, being a teenager, is just slightly resentful that he has had an absentee dad, so after one of the many battles with Garmadon, he takes things personal and unleashes holy heck on his nemesis. Oh, I should mention that although each of them calls himself a ninja, they're just kids in mech suits. Totally not ninja like at all. This leads to Garmadon coming back with a vengeance, and…well, I think you get the idea. Someone is going to learn a Very Important Lesson here.

And if that were all that was to this movie, I'd say let's leave it to the kids and never watch it, fellow grownups! But the movie does inherit a bit of the sly humor from its predecessors. Remember how, when guns were fired in The LEGO Movie, the characters would make "pew pew pew" sounds? During one long battle scene, Garmadon actually fires sharks from (presumably) a shark cannon, and each time a shark is shot one hears "dun dun dun" aka the theme from Jaws. Later on, a bigger enemy is revealed, one that dwarfs Garmadon in destructiveness – a tabby. As in a real cat. If you've ever wanted to see a cat demolish LEGOs that you didn't have to pick up, now's your chance.

I found a lot of The LEGO Ninjago Movie to be entertaining. What it lacks in creativity it makes up for in sincerity, as it never gets terribly maudlin. The characters are fun, and both Franco and Theroux really sell them well. Movie's good for kids. Rest of us can wait for home video, if at all.


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