First look at The LEGO Ninjago Movie

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The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short will be shown alongside Storks when the film is released starting later this month but USA Today has revealed a snippet of the animation already. It documents Master Wu's epic duel against a troublesome chicken and also provides our first taste of Jackie Chan lending his voice to the legendary sensei.

Furthermore, this preview demonstrates that the animation style is slightly different to that of The LEGO Movie. While the structures seem to be constructed entirely using animated LEGO elements, some organic foliage and clouds have been introduced as well.

Are you excited for The LEGO Ninjago Movie and have you been impressed by what little we have seen so far? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

31 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

I think I prefer the all LEGO look, but the Parts that are LEGO look great!

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By in United States,

Looks great! Definitely makes me excited for this short and for the full movie, though this still isn't enough to make me want to see "Storks".

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By in Austria,

Looking forward to it. Ninjago has been a very good theme and I am glad to see it moving to the large screen with great voice cast!

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By in Venezuela,

All LEGO bricks is better

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By in United States,

@Dr.Doom Lloyd did appear in a decent amount of scenes.

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By in United States,

@Dr.Doom: Actually, Lloyd WAS in The Lego Movie as a Master Builder. Also, I don't see why spin-offs have to be limited to characters who appeared in the first movie—look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has thrived by introducing characters in standalone movies before bringing them into the fold with crossovers like The Avengers or Captain America: Civil War. So I don't see why this movie can't do the same, introducing Ninjago characters who can later appear in The Lego Movie 2.

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By in New Zealand,

Nice! Looks a lot better than Storks

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By in United States,

@Dr.Doom: I'm not sure what you mean? LEGO Ninjago is one of the LEGO Group's most successful IPs. Out of their current non-licensed IPs, it strikes me as one of the best and safest choices they could've made for a theatrical adaptation.

And Lloyd (the Green Ninja) did appear in The LEGO Movie, albeit not in a speaking role. He was one of the Master Builders. He even appeared in http://brickset.com/sets/70815-1/Super-Secret-Police-Dropship alongside fellow cameo character Johnny Thunder.

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By in United States,

Perfect! Wish we could hear the voice acting better, though.

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By in United States,

I AM!

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By in United States,

Can't wait for this Ninjago movie!

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By in United States,

I am the only one who thinks the main villain being a chicken is kinda absurd? Anyways it does look better than I thought it would

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By in United States,

@The_Lego_kid: The chicken is not the main villain of the movie, just of this five-minute short. And even then, "villain" probably isn't the right word.

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By in United States,

See, I like the style but I've just never really liked Ninjago. It's still a pass for me.

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By in United States,

Not quite sure I really enjoyed the full lego look of the lego movie because it fully immersed you in lego world but the current animation style is good to. I am still not sold on the plot line of having highschool ninjas (seems too spiderman-y for me). But all in all the movie seems like it will do well. And one more thing, i know many people like jackie chan, but i feel his voice is a little to young for someone with a long flowing white beard... (would have preferred the same sensei from the tv series) But all in all i think i might see it depending on what we see closer to release.

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By in United States,

Well, that's disappointing, the best part of the LEGO movie was seeing an entire world built out of lego. MoCs have a boarder, and the video games put LEGO elements in realistic environments, but the LEGO Movie was unique for being completely LEGO. Oh well, hopefully this trend doesn't continue in the second LEGO movie and the batman one (though I was already disappointed by the realistic water in Batman)

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By in United States,

The original Lego movie was cool, but we have no intention of seeing these newer movies. But I like the idea of adding non lego elements to the visual.

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By in Germany,

I Hope that they use the Voice Actor from the Series here in Germany

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By in United Kingdom,

Did anyone else think it looked like a badly dubbed kung fu movie. I think because you cant see Wu's mouth the fact that it is voiced is really noticeable.

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By in Colombia,

I initially disliked the idea of only part of the world being built out of Lego, but then I looked closer. If you compare Master Wu to the size of the grains of sand shown in the clip, they are almost the same scale as if you put a minifig in real life in some sand.

Is it possible that this movie takes place in the "real world", where Ninjago minifigures and structures/worlds are real and the same scale as in real life?

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By in Australia,

I've never been a great fan of Ninjago except for the recent Temple of Airjitzu, however it's another LEGO movie, so of course I'll go and see it.

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By in United States,

@Mr Hobbles: Judging from the size of the plants I figure you're more or less right, and the non-LEGO scenery in this movie is about equivalent to the "relics" in The LEGO Movie. There's just more of them, possibly because after the events of The LEGO Movie, the people who built this world are a little less uptight.

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By in United States,

That short clip looks awesome. Everyone commenting on this story likes LEGO enough to be registered on this site, and therefor will go see the Ninjago movie in theaters no matter what they say here in this thread.

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By in Austria,

It is interesting seeing quite a few comments regarding how the movie should be 100% shown in Lego elements. To me it is not necessary. It's a Lego - MOVIE, and a movie goes beyond MOC and models. So it naturally should comes with graphics and effects. :)

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By in United States,

After the star-studded Lego Movie, Jackie Chan isn't a bad successor.
Because the theme doesn't cover a topic as wide as Lego itself, I can see why they wouldn't totally cash in on high profile actors.

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By in United States,

@TSK15: Well, I think a lot of the actors are being cast more for their comedic credentials than for being A-list movie stars. Don't forget, Chris Pratt was not really known as a movie star when he was first announced to be in The LEGO Movie — he was mostly just known for being Andy in Parks & Recreation. He only really broke into the big time in 2014–2015 by landing starring roles in The LEGO Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jurassic World.

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By in Malaysia,

I'm excited for the movie! It looks much more detailed than the usual Ninjago animes

Usage of organic foliage and clouds is fine for me :)

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By in United States,

It looks good! But the only problem for me (besides the voice switch-ups, which is fine in the long run to me), is that it's Ninjago but not Ninjago if you know what I mean...
But I will get used to the fact of this spin-off that seems to barely connect to the lore of the true Ninjago Universe!

Oh, and I for one like the organic foliage! It could be a hunt to see which plants/saplings they used for it! Clouds, eh, their ok, I really don't care..!

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By in United States,

The reason that the aspects of TLM that were all bricks worked is because the child was playing with the bricks that were in the basement. The child was able to make all of the parts out of his fathers parts and that was reflected. Since that will probably not be the case with the Ninjago movie it makes sense that parts such as the sand would be more of an organic nature.

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By in United States,

i think it looks like kung fu panda 2 and 3 which is absolutely gorgeous

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