The LEGO Ninjago Movie Parent Guide
More than just a family squabble.
News About "The LEGO Ninjago Movie"
If this movie is the first you have heard of LEGO’s Ninjago, then you are behind the times. (And likely over ten-years old and not an avid LEGO fan.)
Ninjago has been an offering of the toy blocks company since 2010, and its merchandise includes sets and figures, games, videos, a TV series and theme park attractions. It’s latest marketing endeavor is this feature-length film.
Following in the successful box-office footsteps of The Lego Movie and The Batman Lego Movie, this animation uses Ninjago’s martial arts theme. Based on the pervious character development done with the product, but forging a new storyline, the film features six teenaged Ninja warriors in training: Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya (voices of Dave Franco, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Zach Woods and Abbi Jacobson). Their sensei of Spinjitzu is Master Wu (voice of Jackie Chan).
The plot centers mostly on Lloyd, because he is the estranged son of the evil Lord Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux). As the six pals set out to stop the dark villain, Lloyd also faces the stigma of being related to the world’s worst bad guy, the sorrow of never having had a relationship with his dad, and an endless list of unanswered questions about the past.
But don’t feel too bad if you too have questions about this trendy kids’ pastime. Many of the actors weren’t familiar with the phenomenon either when they first approached the script. Justin Theroux said “… when I got cast, [kids reacted] like I just got cast as Luke Skywalker. I quickly educated myself [and] realized how cool it was.”
Cast and Crew
The LEGO Ninjago Movie is directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and stars Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Zach Woods, Abbi Jacobson, Justin Theroux.