The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie is a 2014 computer-animated adventure comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a story by Lord, Miller, and Dan and Kevin Hageman. Based on the Lego line of construction toys, its story focuses on Emmet, an ordinary Lego minifigure who helps a resistance movement stop a tyrannical businessman from gluing everything in the Lego world into his vision of perfection. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman provide their voices for the film's characters. The film was dedicated to Kathleen Fleming, the former director of entertainment development of the Lego company, following her death in Cancún, Mexico, in April 2013.
|The Lego Movie|
|Based on||Lego Construction Toys|
|Cinematography||Pablo Plaisted (live-action sequences)|
|Music by||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Box office||$468.1 million|
The first film produced by the Warner Animation Group, as well as Village Roadshow Pictures, Lego System A/S, Lin Pictures, and Vertigo Entertainment, The Lego Movie was released on February 7, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $468.1 million worldwide against its $60–65 million budget, and received praise for its animation, acting, story, and humor. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film, and the ACE Eddie Award for Best Edited Animated Feature Film; it was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Everything Is Awesome".
The film has expanded into a major franchise that ties into the Lego brand, such as the sequel The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019); two spin-off films The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017); the 4D film The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure; and the 2-D animated television series Unikitty!
In the Lego universe, the wizard Vitruvius fails to protect a superweapon called the "Kragle" from the evil Lord Business, but prophesies that a person called "The Special" will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle. Lord Business kicks Vitruvius off of a cliff, saying the prophecy is fake.
Some 8 years later in Bricksburg, construction worker Emmet Brickowski comes across Wyldstyle, a woman searching for something at Emmet's construction site. Emmet falls into a pit and finds the Piece of Resistance. Compelled to touch it, Emmet experiences visions and passes out. He awakens in the custody of Bad Cop, Business's lieutenant, with the Piece of Resistance attached to his back. Emmet learns of Business's plans to freeze the world with the Kragle, a tube of Krazy Glue with the label partially rubbed out; the Piece of Resistance is the tube's cap. Wyldstyle rescues Emmet, believing him to be the Special. They escape Bad Cop and travel to "The Old West" where they meet a blind Vitruvius. Vitruvius and Wyldstyle are Master Builders, capable of building anything without instruction manuals, who oppose Business's attempts to suppress their creativity. Though disappointed Emmet is not a Master Builder, they are convinced of his potential when he recalls visions of "the Man Upstairs".
Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Vitruvius evade Bad Cop's forces with Batman's help and escape to Cloud Cuckoo Land where all the master builders are in hiding. The Master Builders are unimpressed with Emmet‘s cowardliness and refuse to help him fight Business. Bad Cop's forces attack and capture everyone except Emmet and his friends. Pirate MetalBeard rescues Emmet from drowning and Emmet devises a plan to infiltrate Business's headquarters and disarm the Kragle. The plan almost succeeds until Emmet and his friends are captured and imprisoned. Lord Business kills Vitruvius by decapitating his head with a penny, throws the Piece of Resistance into an abyss, and sets his headquarters to self-destruct, leaving all present to die. Vitruvius shows he made up the prophecy as he dies, but reappears to Emmet as a ghost and tells him it is his self-belief that makes him the Special. Strapped to the self-destruct mechanism's battery, Emmet flings himself off the edge in the tower and saves his friends and the Master Builders. Inspired by Emmet's sacrifice, Wyldstyle rallies the Lego people across the universe to use whatever creativity they have to build machines and weapons to fight Business's forces.
Emmet finds himself in the human world where the events of his life are being played out in a basement by a boy, Finn, on his father's Lego set. The father — "The Man Upstairs" — chastises his son for creating hodgepodges of different playsets, and begins to permanently glue his perceived perfect creations together. Realizing the danger, Emmet wills himself to move and gains Finn's attention. Finn returns Emmet and the Piece of Resistance to the set, where Emmet possesses the powers of a Master Builder and confronts Business. In the human world, Finn's father looks at his son's creations, and sees that the villainous Business is based on him. Through a speech Emmet gives Business, Finn tells his father that he is very special and has the power to change everything. Finn's father reconciles with his son, which plays out as Business having a change of heart, capping the Kragle with the Piece of Resistance, and ungluing his victims with mineral spirits. Wyldstyle and Emmet become boyfriend and girlfriend. As Finn's younger sister joins in playing with the Lego sets, Duplo aliens arrive in the Lego universe and threaten destruction.[N 1]
- Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, an everyman and construction worker from Bricksburg who is initially mistaken for the Special.
- Will Ferrell as Lord Business, an evil businessman and tyrant of Bricksburg and the Lego Universe who is the company president of the Octan Corporation under the name President Business.
- Ferrell also plays "The Man Upstairs", a Lego collector and Finn's father in the live-action part of the film.
- Elizabeth Banks as Lucy / Wyldstyle, a "tough as nails" and tech-savvy fighter who is one of the Master Builders.
- Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne / Batman, a DC Comics character who is a Master Builder.
- Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, a pirate and Master Builder seeking revenge on Lord Business for taking his body parts following an earlier encounter and causing him to remake his body from bricks.
- Alison Brie as Princess Unikitty, a unicorn-horned cat and Master Builder who lives in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
- Charlie Day as Benny, a "1980-something space guy" who is one of the Master Builders and is obsessed with building spaceships.
- Liam Neeson as Bad Cop / Good Cop / Scribble Cop, a police officer with a two-sided head and a split personality who serves Lord Business as the commander of the Super Secret Police. The character's name and personality are based on the good cop/bad cop interrogation method, which is briefly shown in the film.
- Neeson also voices Pa Cop, a police officer who is Bad Cop/Good Cop's father and Ma Cop's husband.
- Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, a blind old wizard who is one of the Master Builders.
- Channing Tatum as Superman, a DC Comics character who is one of the Master Builders
- Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, a DC Comics character who is one of the Master Builders
- Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman, a DC Comics character who is one of the Master Builders.
- Jadon Sand as Finn, an eight-and-a-half-year-old boy who is the son of "The Man Upstairs" in the live-action part of the film.
In addition, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams reprise their Star Wars roles as C-3PO and Lando Calrissian respectively, with Keith Ferguson voicing Han Solo (whom he previously voiced in Robot Chicken and Mad). Shaquille O'Neal portrays a Lego version of himself who is a Master Builder alongside two generic members of the 2002 NBA All-Stars. Will Forte plays Abraham Lincoln (whom he had previously voiced on Clone High, another Lord/Miller production).
Director Christopher Miller voices as a TV announcer for the Octan comedy show Where Are My Pants?
Dan Lin conceived of the idea for the film and began discussing it with Roy Lee before leaving Warner Bros. to form his own production company, Lin Pictures, in 2008. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. home entertainment executive Kevin Tsujihara, who had recognized the value of the Lego franchise by engineering the studio's purchase of Lego video game licensee Traveller's Tales in 2007, thought the success of the Lego-based video games indicated a Lego-based film was a good idea, and reportedly "championed" the development of the film. By August 2009, Dan and Kevin Hageman were writing the script described as "action adventure set in a Lego world". Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were in talks in June 2010 to write and direct the film. Warner Bros. green-lit the film by November 2011, with a planned 2014 release date. The Australian studio Animal Logic, the same studio that did the animation for other Warner Bros. films such as Happy Feet and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, was contracted to provide the animation, which was expected to comprise 80% of the film. By this time Chris McKay, the director of Robot Chicken, had also joined Lord and Miller to co-direct. McKay explained that his role was to supervise the production in Australia once Lord and Miller left to work on 22 Jump Street (2014). In March 2012, Lord and Miller revealed the film's working title, Lego: The Piece of Resistance, and a storyline. In April 2012, Warner Bros. scheduled the film for release on February 28, 2014, a date that subsequently changed.
"We wanted to make the film feel like the way you play, the way I remember playing. We wanted to make it feel as epic and ambitious and self-serious as a kid feels when they play with LEGO. We took something you could claim is the most cynical cash grab in cinematic history, basically a 90 minute LEGO commercial, and turned it into a celebration of creativity, fun and invention, in the spirit of just having a good time and how ridiculous it can look when you make things up. And we had fun doing it.'"
By June 2012, Chris Pratt had been cast as the voice of Emmet, the lead Lego character, and Will Arnett voicing Lego Batman; the role of Lego Superman was offered to Channing Tatum. By August 2012, Elizabeth Banks was hired to voice Lucy (later getting the alias "Wyldstyle") and Morgan Freeman to voice Vitruvius, an old mystic. In October 2012, Warner Bros. shifted the release date for the film, simply titled Lego, to February 7, 2014. In November 2012, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, and Nick Offerman signed on for roles. Brie voices Unikitty, a member of Emmet's team; Ferrell voices the antagonist President/Lord Business; Neeson voices Bad Cop/Good Cop; and Offerman voices MetalBeard, a pirate seeking revenge on Business.
The film is strongly inspired by the visual aesthetic and stylistics of Brickfilms and qualities attributed to Lego Studios sets. The film received a great deal of praise in the respective online communities who saw the film as appraising nod to their work. Many Brickfilm-Fans and AFOLs (Adult Fans of Lego) praised the painstaking amount of detail in the production. Animal Logic tried to make the film's animation replicate a stop motion film although everything was done through computer graphics, with the animation rigs following the same articulation limits actual Lego figures have. The camera systems also tried to replicate live action cinematography, including different lenses and a Steadicam simulator. The scenery was projected through The Lego Group's own Lego Digital Designer (created as part of Lego Design byME, which people could design their own Lego models using LDD, then upload them to the Lego website, design their own box design, and order them for actual delivery), which as CG supervisor Aidan Sarsfield detailed, "uses the official LEGO Brick Library and effectively simulates the connectivity of each of the bricks". The saved files were then converted to design and animate in Maya and XSI. At times the minifigures were even placed under microscopes to capture the seam lines, dirt and grime into the digital textures. Benny the spaceman was based on the line of Lego space sets sold in the 1980s, and his design includes the broken helmet chin strap, a common defect of the space sets at that time. Miller's childhood Space Village playset is used in the film. In July 2012, a Lego-user contest announced on the film's Facebook page would choose a winning Lego vehicle to appear in the film.And Industrial Light And Magic Provided the Visual Effects
The Lego Movie was the first theatrical feature film produced by Warner Bros. Animation's new feature film division Warner Animation Group, and was released over 10 years after the box office failure of Warner Bros. Feature Animation's final film Looney Tunes: Back in Action in 2003. The film's total cost, including production, prints, and advertising (P&A), was $100 million. Half of the film's cost was financed by Village Roadshow Pictures, and was the only film in the franchise that Village Roadshow ever had involvement working on. The rest was covered by Warner Bros., with RatPac-Dune Entertainment providing a smaller share as part of its multi-year financing agreement with Warner Bros. Initially Warner Bros. turned down Village Roadshow Pictures when it asked to invest in the film. However, Warner Bros. later changed its mind, reportedly due to lack of confidence in the film, initially offering Village Roadshow Pictures the opportunity to finance 25% of the film, and later, an additional 25%.
|The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by |
Mark Mothersbaugh, various artists
|Released||February 4, 2014|
Trackdown Studios (Sydney)
|Genre||Film soundtrack, film score|
|Producer||Mark Mothersbaugh, Shawn Patterson, Bartholomew|
|Mark Mothersbaugh chronology|
|Singles from The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
The film's original score was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh, who had previously worked with Lord and Miller on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and 21 Jump Street (2012). The Lego Movie soundtrack contains the score as the majority of its tracks. Also included is the song "Everything Is Awesome" written by Shawn Patterson (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Robot Chicken), Joshua Bartholomew, and Lisa Harriton, who also perform the song in the movie under the name, Jo Li. The single, released on January 27, 2014, is performed by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) who wrote the rap lyrics, and is the first song played in the end credits of the movie. The soundtrack was released on February 4, 2014 by WaterTower Music.
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||82|
|UK Independent Album Breakers (OCC)||8|
|US Billboard 200||37|
|US Independent Albums (Billboard)||8|
|US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)||2|
The film's theme song, "Everything Is Awesome", has been critically praised and has undergone some close analysis. In an interview with Fox News, producer Mark Mothersbaugh says the song "was supposed to be like mind control early in the film. It's totally irritating, this kind of mindless mantra to get people up and working. It's like the whip crack on their back, but then by the end of the movie it morphs into, instead of being just a mindless, go-to-work song it becomes about co-operation and people working together to do bigger things."
The Lego Movie premiered at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles on February 1, 2014, and was released in theaters on February 7, 2014. The film was released in Australia by the film's co-producer, Roadshow Films.
Over twenty Lego sets inspired by scenes from the film were released for the film including a set of collectible minifigures. A website was opened up so fans could make minifigure versions of themselves, and later, put that in the film's official trailer. The company recruited a roster of global partners to a broad, multi-category licensing program to support the film. Official Lego Brand Stores also scheduled events. Each week of January 2014, a new character poster (Wyldstyle, Batman, Emmet, Lord Business) came with every purchase. By building a creative model in-store, people received a free accessory pack. Barnes & Noble hosted a themed event in January, February, and March.
In February 2014, ITV released the world's first Lego ad break, featuring ads from British Heart Foundation, Confused.com, BT, Premier Inn, and ended with a trailer for the film itself. That same month, McDonald's released eight collectible holographic/3D cups in Happy Meals to promote the film.
A video game based on the film, The Lego Movie Videogame, by TT Fusion for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and Windows, was released on February 4, 2014. An exclusive "Wild West Emmet" minifigure was released with preorders of the game at GameStop.
The Lego Movie was released on Digital HD on May 20, 2014. It was released by Warner Home Video on DVD and Blu-ray (2D and 3D) on June 17, 2014. A special Blu-ray 3D "Everything is Awesome Edition" also includes an exclusive Vitruvius minifigure and a collectible 3D Emmet photo.
The Lego Movie was met with "nearly unanimous positive reviews". The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 96%, with an average rating of 8.2/10, based on 253 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, has assigned the film a score of 83 out of 100 based on 43 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale. Filmmaker Edgar Wright, and Time film critic Richard Corliss, each named The Lego Movie as one of their favorite films of 2014.
Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Arriving at a time when feature animation was looking and feeling mighty anemic...The LEGO Movie shows 'em how it's done", with Peter Debruge of Variety adding that Lord and Miller "irreverently deconstruct the state of the modern blockbuster and deliver a smarter, more satisfying experience in its place, emerging with a fresh franchise for others to build upon". Tom Huddleston of Time Out said, "The script is witty, the satire surprisingly pointed, and the animation tactile and imaginative." Drew Hunt of the Chicago Reader said the filmmakers "fill the script with delightfully absurd one-liners and sharp pop culture references", with A. O. Scott of The New York Times noting that, "Pop-culture jokes ricochet off the heads of younger viewers to tickle the world-weary adults in the audience, with just enough sentimental goo applied at the end to unite the generations. Parents will dab their eyes while the kids roll theirs."
Claudia Puig of USA Today called the film "a spirited romp through a world that looks distinctively familiar, and yet freshly inventive". Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail asked, "Can a feature-length toy commercial also work as a decent kids’ movie? The bombast of the G.I. Joe and Transformers franchises might suggest no, but after an uninspired year for animated movies, The Lego Movie is a 3-D animated film that connects." Joel Arnold of NPR acknowledged that the film "may be one giant advertisement, but all the way to its plastic-mat foundation, it's an earnest piece of work—a cash grab with a heart". Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called the film "sassy enough to shoot well-aimed darts at corporate branding". Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post said that, "While clearly filled with affection for—and marketing tie-ins to—the titular product that's front and center, it's also something of a sharp plastic brick flung in the eye of its corporate sponsor." Moira MacDonald of The Seattle Times, while generally positive, found "it falls apart a bit near the end". Alonso Duralde of The Wrap said the film "will doubtless tickle young fans of the toys. It's just too bad that a movie that encourages you to think for yourself doesn't follow its own advice."
Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris referenced The Lego Movie not being nominated Best Animated Feature, which many critics considered a snub, saying prior to the award's presentation, "If you’re at the Oscar party with the guys who directed 'The Lego Movie,' now would be a great time to distract them."
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson criticized the film's anti-corporate message, saying that it taught children that "government is good and business is bad", citing the villain's name of Lord Business. "That's done for a reason", Johnson told WisPolitics.com, "They're starting that propaganda, and it's insidious". The comments were criticized by many, and Russ Feingold brought up the comments on the campaign trail during his 2016 Senate bid against Johnson.
Box office performanceEdit
The Lego Movie grossed $257.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $210.3 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $468.1 million. Calculating in all expenses, Deadline Hollywood estimated that the film made a profit of $229 million placing it 3rd on 2014's list of most profitable films.
In the United States and Canada, the film opened at number one in its first weekend with over $69 million, which was the second-highest weekend debut in February, at the time, behind The Passion of the Christ (2004) ($83.8 million). The movie retained the top spot at box office in its second weekend by declining only 28% and grossing $49.8 million. The Lego Movie was number one again in its third weekend while declining 37% and grossing $31.3 million. In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number three grossing $20.8 million.
|Award / film festival||Category||Recipient(s)||Result|
|AACTA Awards||Best Visual Effects or Animation||Chris McKay, Amber Naismith, Aidan Sarsfield and Grant Freckelton||Won|
|Academy Awards||Best Original Song||"Everything Is Awesome" written and lyrics by Shawn Patterson||Nominated|
|American Cinema Editors||Best Edited Animated Feature Film||David Burrows, Chris McKay||Won|
|42nd Annual Annie Awards||Best Animated Feature||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production||Jayandera Danappal, Matt Ebb, Christian Epunan Hernandez, Danielle Brooks, and Raphael Gadot||Nominated|
|Directing in an Animated Feature Production||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Directors;
Chris McKay, Co-Director
|Production Design in an Animated Feature Production||Grant Freckelton||Nominated|
|Writing in an Animated Feature Production||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller||Won|
|Editorial in an Animated Feature Production||David Burrows, Todd Hansen, Doug Nicholas, Jonathan Tappin and Courtney O'Brien-Brown||Nominated|
|Austin Film Critics Association||Best Animated Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|BAFTA Awards||Best Animated Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Black Reel Awards||Best Voice Performance||Morgan Freeman||Won|
|45th Annual British Academy Children's Awards||Kid's Vote — Film in 2014||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|Children's Feature Film in 2014||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Best Song||"Everything Is Awesome"||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association||Best Animated Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Dublin Film Critics Circle||Top Ten Films||The Lego Movie||4th Place|
|Empire Awards||Best Comedy||Nominated|
|Florida Film Critics Circle||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Animated Feature Film||Nominated|
|Golden Tomato Awards 2014||Best Animated Film||Won|
|Best Wide Release 2014||2nd Place|
|Grammy Awards||Best Song Written for Visual Media||"Everything Is Awesome"||Nominated|
|Heartland Film Festival 2014||Truly Moving Picture Award||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller||Won|
|Houston Film Critics Society||Best Animated Feature Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Best Original Song||"Everything Is Awesome"||Won|
|Hollywood Music in Media Awards||Best Original Song in an Animated Film||"Everything Is Awesome"||Won|
|Best Original Score in an Animated Film||Mark Mothersbaugh||Nominated|
|Kerrang! Awards||Best Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Animated Movie||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Actor||Will Arnett (also for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)||Nominated|
|National Board of Review||Best Original Screenplay||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller||Won|
|Top Ten Films||The Lego Movie||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Animated Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|New York Film Critics Online||Best Animated Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Picture||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|Best Animated Feature||The Lego Movie||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Family Movie||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|Producers Guild of America||Best Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures||Dan Lin||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Animated||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle||Best Animated Feature||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Motion Picture Animated or Mixed Media||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||"Everything Is Awesome"||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Animated Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Animated Film||The Lego Movie||Won|
|16th SXSW Film Festival||SXSW Film Design Award
(Special Jury Recognition)
|Brian Mah (Designer)||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Animated||The Lego Movie||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Voice||Chris Pratt|
|Toronto Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||The Lego Movie||Runner-Up|
|13th Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture||Chris McKay, Amber Naismith, Jim Dodd, David Williams||Nominated|
|Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture||Carsten Kolve, Jayandera Danappal, Matt Ebb, Miles Green||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Animated Feature||The Lego Movie||Won|
|Best Original Screenplay||Phil Lord and Christopher Miller||Nominated|
The Lego Movie Videogame is the first video game in the franchise, and is loosely based on the 2014 film. The game was developed by TT Fusion, TT Games, and Feral Interactive (for macOS), and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It was released alongside the film in 2014 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, and on 16 October 2014 for Mac OS X by Feral Interactive.
Todd Hansen is the only actor to reprise his role from the film as Gandalf, but Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman were credited for their film voices. It features over 100 playable characters.
Because of its critical and commercial success, The Lego Movie has been turned into a franchise and a shared fictional universe.
The direct sequel to the film, titled The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, was released on February 8, 2019 with Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett reprising their roles of Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Batman, respectively, and Tiffany Haddish joining the cast.
There are two spin-off films, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, which were both released in 2017.
Theme park attractionEdit
On May 10, 2017, Warner Bros. and Lego announced that the character Unikitty would receive a spin-off television series on Cartoon Network, with Tara Strong voicing the character. The series premiered January 1, 2018 and concluded on August 27, 2020.
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"Lego," the first film to go out as a Warner Animation Group title, has overperformed with $457 million worldwide and set a sequel for release on May 26, 2017.
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