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The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie is by far the weakest of the LEGO® franchise be it theatrical or direct-to-video as the humor doesn’t really work and it’s just a bland animated flick that might appeal to a younger audience.




Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Warner Bros. | PG – 101 min. – $24.99 | December 19, 2017

Date Published: 01/09/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan
Writer(s): Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman (story), Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman (screenplay)
Cast: Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjani, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, Jackie Chan
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Music Video, Mini-Movies
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (Dolby Atmos), English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 35.2 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


THE MOVIE — 2.5/5

Plot Synopsis: In the battle of NINJAGO® City, Lloyd (DAVE FRANCO), high school student by day (though we only actually see him in high school once) and Green Ninja by night, gets thrown into the ultimate adventure with his secret warrior friends Cole aka Earth Ninja (FRED ARMISEN), Kai aka Fire Ninja (MICHAEL PENA), Jay aka Lightening Ninja (KUMAIL NANJIANI), Zane aka Ice Ninja (ZACH WOODS), and Nya aka Water Ninja (ABBI JACOBSON). Led by the wise and wisecracking Master Wu (JACKIE CHAN), they must defeat evil warlord Garmodon (JUSTIN THEROUX), The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. On their courageous journey, they learn to band together to unleash their inner power in a showdown to save the city.

Quick Hit Review: Before I get into my (brief) review, I have to say that I am so glad I never got into LEGO® collecting just for not only how many sets there are but the cost of them. So, with that out of the way, both The LEGO® Movie and The LEGO® Batman Movie were box office and critical successes and served as further promotion for the brand. Although I wasn’t as big of a fan of the Batman version (liked it okay), The LEGO® Movie was fantastic. Well, no surprise they’re going to keep the cash flow going and the latest is The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie which was easily the weakest of the three, which also showed at the box office earning only $123M worldwide.

Maybe it’s because I barely heard of this brand of LEGO® (though know there is a television series), but I really found this rather bland and outright boring. The voice acting was fine I suppose and the animation, while nothing extraordinary, was pretty to look at, but the story was lame and worse yet, the jokes rarely landed albeit I did manage to chuckle a couple of times. I won’t say it was difficult to sit through, I did find myself looking at the timer wondering when it would end. Never a good sign.

The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie is by no means terrible and I guess younger viewers will be kept mesmerized by the action and colors but this is at best an average CGI animation flick and I can only hope The LEGO® Movie sequel delivers because this one certainly did not.



This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover and inside is a Digital HD redemption code.

Audio Commentary – Co-Director Charlie Bean, Editors David Burrows, Garrett Elkins, Ryan Folsey, Doug Nicholas, Todd Hansen and John Venzon, Layout Supervisor David Scott, Animation Director Matt Everitt, Associate Producer Kristen Murtha, Production Supervisor Alex Kauffman & Music Executives Nicky Sharon (sp?) and Amanda Narkis.

Yes, that is A LOT of participants and took a bit of time getting them all down (one I couldn’t quite find) and being in a variety of positions offer up different perspectives of the animation production.


  • Team Supreme: Building NINJAGO® (8:19; HD) looks at the origins of the LEGO® series and turning it into a feature film with the help of Jackie Chan’s stunt team.
  • Rumble in the Bricks (5:19; HD) is on the martial arts preparation translating it from real life into animation.
  • Rebrick Contest Winners (4:39; HD) – Apparently there was some sort of online contest and here the winners’ submit their own stop motion shorts.

Mini Movies (9:45; HD)

  • Shark E. Shark in Which Way to the Ocean (2:25)
  • Zane’s Stand Up Promo (2:02)
  • The Master: A LEGO® NINJAGO® Short (5:18)

LEGO® NINJAGO® TV Series Sneak Peek (11:14; HD) gives viewers a glimpse at the TV series.

Music Videos (6:58; HD)

  • “Found My Place” – Oh, Hush! & Jerry Lewis
  • Everybody Have a Ninja Day
  • Warlord Ballad
  • Rocktagon

Deleted Scenes (7:40; HD) – There are three scenes (and a test), in early animation form, that were cut. Includes commentary by Charlie Bean.

Gimme Some Outtakes (4:42; HD)

Promotional Material (20:28; HD):

  • The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie: Behind the Bricks (3:59)
  • Please Silence Your Cell Phones (0:47)
  • Please Put on Your 3D Glasses (0:44)
  • LEGO® Sets in Action (2:32)
  • The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie: Ninja Formation (1:39)
  • Find Your Inner Ninja with Jackie Chan (1:37)
  • Ninja Jokes with Jackie Chan (0:27)
  • Kicks & Bricks: Making The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie (3:47)
  • The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie: Back to School (1:27)
  • Me and My Minifig (3:24)

PreviewJustice League


VIDEO – 5.0/5

Warner Brothers releases The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie onto Blu-ray presented in its original theatrical 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer and of course does look fantastic with bright colors that shine through and detail is incredibly sharp with no signs of obvious signs of artifacts, aliasing or other flaws.

AUDIO – 4.75/5

The disc comes with both a Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and watching the movie with the former track, I was actually impressed as the film features not only clean dialogue levels coming from the center channel but some major bass usage providing that extra depth that I don’t always hear in an animated film.


OVERALL – 3.0/5

Overall, The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie is by far the weakest of the LEGO® franchise be it theatrical or direct-to-video as the humor doesn’t really work and it’s just a bland animated flick that might appeal to a younger audience. The Blu-ray released by Warner offers up excellent video/audio transfers and a so-so selection of bonus features.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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