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The Lego Ninjago Movie (Sept. 22nd) might surprise you with how much fun it is. I know it surprised me! Chan and I were invited to spend 2 days at Legoland and watch a sneak peek of the animated film. Chan’s favorite part? The kitty. My favorite part? The humor. The rest is pure action-packed fun!
The Lego film franchise started off with a bang when Lego released The Lego Movie in 2014. I didn’t realize I needed Lego movies in my life until I saw that film. Now the franchise has spawned 2 sequels, The Lego Batman Movie and now, The Lego Ninjago Movie.
The Lego Ninjago Movie follows a group of misfit superheros as they protect their city, Ninjago, from evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux). The young hero Lloyd (Dave Franco) leads the group of superheros, but is an outcast when out of uniform. That’s because Garmadon is his dad. In a strangely humorous way, the movie explores the sense of loss and longing that Lloyd has because his father left him and his mother (Olivia Munn) so he could pursue evil stuff. The story doesn’t take the typical route you think it will and I appreciated that. It’s rare you get to see an animated character tackle real life issues and find redemption. Lloyd and his friends are guided by the wise Master Wu (Jackie Chan) who always shows up at just the right time to help.
And let’s not forget the kitty! In his efforts to stop Garmadon, Lloyd accidentally unleashes the super weapon and biggest threat against the city, a kitten. It’s hard to imagine a kitten being terrifying, but what if you were the size of a Lego?? So Lloyd and his crew of ninjas, Fire Ninja (Michael Pena), Earth Ninja Cole (Fred Armisen), Water Ninja Nya (Abbi Jacobson), Lightning Ninja Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and Ice Ninja Zane (Zach Woods) go on a quest to find their purpose and save their city. I won’t reveal too much about what happens, but there are some poignant moments between father and son.
The cast was all smiles during the press conference held in the park. Most of the questions were directed at Jackie Chan because, hello, he’s a legend. Did you know he coordinated the Lego fight scenes? The man is incredible. Channing even asked the cast a question and you guessed it, it was about the kitty LOL We found out most of the cast except Justin Theroux used their regular speaking voice. Justin’s Garmadon has a gravelly and brusk comic feel that he clearly had fun with.
During our time at Legoland we also took time to explore the park and ride rides. We haven’t been to Legoland since Chan was about 2 and I have to say 4 is a much better age for this park.
She was big enough and aware enough to ride all the rides. We had so much fun exploring and eating. Can you say apple fries? If not you should. This is a must have treat in the park and it’s near the Adventure Camp Treehouse.
There’s nothing quite like having the park to yourself and that’s exactly what happened on the first day of our trip. We rode The Lego Ninjago ride and it was a workout! I wasn’t expecting to get my heart rate up on that ride but I did and it was awesome.
We have never stayed in the Legoland Hotel before and I can tell you it was a treat! The entire hotel is Lego-themed, of course. And right off the bat we were off on our first Lego adventure with a scavenger hunt to find a code that opened a treasure chest in our room.
We enjoyed yummy food at the Brick’s restaurant inside the hotel and some Ninja-yoga poolside as well. Honestly it was one of the best trips we’ve had in a long time and I’m already planning another trip back.
If you’re feeling the Lego love and want to get in on the craze, The Lego Ninjago Movie opens September 22nd. The Warner Bros. Pictures’ LEGO® franchise, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. It was directed by Charlie Bean and executive produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. You can buy advanced tickets here.