When The Lego Movie was released in 2014, we don’t think anyone was quite prepared for just how good it was. Here was an animated film made for kids that was thoroughly enjoyable for adults, too. And while little ones could marvel at the brightly coloured action on screen, us grown-ups could chuckle at the in-jokes, movie references and, especially for us here, lead song, Everything is Awesome.
Its success paved the way for the less-successful-but-still-enjoyable spin-off The Lego Batman Movie earlier this year, which was similarly filled with enough quips for adults, while The Caped Crusader’s escapades kept the kids happy.
While the first two movies leaned on the well-known characters in them, the latest instalment in the franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie, doesn’t have the same luxury. It is, however, the first time Lego has used one of its original toy lines as the basis for a film. Ninjago is, as you might have guessed, Lego’s ninja range, which was introduced in 2010. A TV series followed a year later, meaning an audience is already there.
Warner Brothers has injected the same sense of fun and mischief into this movie as the others, so parents, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
If the latest trailer, released at July’s San Diego Comic Con is anything to go by, The Lego Ninjago Movie will rival the first movie for all-out laughs and nonsense. Dave Franco plays Lloyd the Green Ninja who finds out that his dad is the evil Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) and sets off with a band of good guys to bring him down. So, there’s fighting, daddy issues and performances from great actors (also including Jackie Chan, Olivia Munn and rising star Kumail Nanjiani). Oh, and a real-life cat stomping its way though a city.
The Lego Ninjago Movie is released on September 22.