THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
About The Movie
GOING WHERE NO BRICK HAS GONE BEFORE...
Not long ago in a town called Bricksburg, a super-friendly, upbeat and endlessly
guy named Emmet rose from a most ordinary life to become The Special in the
adventure "The LEGO Movie." Overcoming his doubts and an apparent lack of any
or experience, this LEGO minifigure in the bright orange vest bravely followed
his destiny to
become a Master Builder and-with the help of his friends-saved the city, won
Lucy's heart and
helped make "Everything is Awesome" an irresistible dance-party sing-along the
Yeah. You're singing it right now, aren't you?
Now, five years after that fateful day, Emmet still has a spring in his step, a
smile on his
bright, shiny face and 25 sugars pumping up his coffee every morning. But
everything else has
fallen to pieces. The surprise DUPLO invasion that threatened destruction just
behind the first
movie's happy ending has reduced Bricksburg to a wasteland of rubble known to
(but still quite witty) citizens as Apocalypseburg.
"Everyone has grown more mature, grittier, harder, tougher," says Christopher
of the original architects of the inventive LEGO movie franchise, who returns,
partner Phil Lord, as screenwriters and producers of the latest chapter.
"Everyone except for
Emmet, of course. He's still the same gee-whiz, aww-shucks, naive guy he ever
"He's the only person in this world that dust doesn't seem to stick to," adds
But all that is about to change, as the shocking capture of his best friends and
Lucy forces Emmet back into hero mode with all the grit he can muster and sends
him on a
perilous journey to the outer limits of the universe to save them...in typical
Meaning, director Mike Mitchell offers, "There's a lot of crazy action and
and the same irreverent, out-of-bounds comedy you expect from Chris and Phil
with all ages. Emmet sets off with courage and total commitment but not any real
idea where he's
going. It's everything you loved about the first movie and more!"
Although a fully standalone adventure, this sequel builds on the existing
narrative from the
original "The LEGO Movie," happily reuniting the eclectic gang of LEGO
minifigures with maxi
personalities that fans everywhere have embraced: the duo of tender-hearted but
and hard-charging Lucy; hilariously full-of-himself Batman; unpredictable,
half pirate, half utility knife, Metal Beard; and the spaciest spaceman ever,
Benny; played by
returning stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Nick
Offerman and Charlie
The continuing tale also introduces intriguing new characters to challenge our
and lead them to fresh discoveries. They include the wickedly funny,
Watevra Wa'Nabi (say it slowly...), played by Tiffany Haddish; her formidable
General Mayhem-aka Sweet Mayhem-played by Stephanie Beatriz; and the enigmatic
cowboy Rex Dangervest, also voiced by Pratt. Together, this reassembled LEGO
crew will take
audiences on a unique intergalactic journey to worlds never seen before, that
lie beyond the
"The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" explodes with color, whimsical design and
with a party vibe. In addition to the irrepressible "Everything is Awesome" that
echoes through the
action in different versions, Lord says, "We're using lots of songs and musical
numbers to help
tell the story in a fun, playful way." The film includes a number of original
songs written by Jon
Lajoie, as well as "Super Cool," written and performed by Beck, featuring Robyn,
with a rap written
and performed by The Lonely Island, that plays over the end credits to send
audiences off with a
At the same time, the filmmakers honor the core values that have been the
these films as well as the trusted LEGO brand itself for 60 years: creativity,
teamwork, and the
value of play-no matter who you are, where you are, or how old you are. In this
with so many characters starting at cross purposes, cooperation takes the
"There are themes about coming together and working together that are really
says Chris Pratt, a longtime LEGO fan who now builds with his son. "There's also
about not losing that childlike sense of wonder and the willingness to use your
Producer Dan Lin emphasizes, "We always want people to feel joy, we want them to
but we also want to surprise them with meaning and emotion and to remind them,
you don't have
to lose the magic of being a child just because you grow up."
Lin, who initiated this crowd-pleasing franchise, goes on to explain how this
excursion fits into a larger arc. "With the LEGO movies, we always want to
surprise the audience
and bring something fresh to each film. The first movie was about subverting the
genre, and then we took on the superhero and martial arts genres. The
progression that leads
us to 'The LEGO Movie 2' is much like how a kid might change through the
basic playsets, then expanding with the awareness of other elements and
influences, all of which
gets incorporated, and then the introduction of friends or siblings, and all of
that affects the way
the play evolves."
In this case, it might be the intrusion of an imaginative sibling who wants to
join the fun
with her own DUPLO and minidoll characters and her own ideas-including two
female characters in the form of a Queen and her General, who are every bit as
independent as returning leads Lucy and Unikitty. "We didn't want this story to
have just one
dynamic female character," notes "LEGO Batman Movie" alumnus Trisha Gum, who
alongside Mitchell as animation director on the new movie. "We wanted many and
for each of
them to be unique, with different goals, emotions, strengths and interests."
As their clashes fuel the battle and raise the stakes for everyone, their
failure to cooperate
may mean disaster for Emmet, Lucy and the LEGO universe.
Of course, battles waged and distances traveled often reflect what heroes like
Lucy learn about themselves along the way. "Emmet tries to be as tough as he can
that's what he thinks it's going to take to save the day and win Lucy's
respect," Lin suggests, "but
his inner journey throughout the movie leads to the realization that he should
just be who he is
and therein lies his true strength."
Likewise, Elizabeth Banks reveals, "Lucy has her own evolution over a part of
that she's been hiding from her friends and herself."
Meanwhile, underlying everything is the idea that LEGO play speaks to everyone,
and boys alike, and can be approached at multiple levels, from a toddler's first
DUPLO set to
sophisticated stop-motion/digital films produced by adult fans of LEGO (AFOL)
Master Building contests. "It's a toy that doesn't require batteries and the
possibilities are endless.
It certainly inspired our animation team," says Mitchell.
Such is the universal appeal of LEGO building. "There are rules if you want to
a blueprint and that's great too," says Tiffany Haddish, "but what's special
about LEGO play and
stories like this is the way they celebrate creativity. You can turn a house
into a rocket ship and
lay out a whole universe in your bedroom."
"The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" employs the same distinctive technique
for the first film, where every character, set, structure or vehicle is
digitally constructed, brick by
virtual brick, as if human hands were snapping physical pieces together. Again,
worked closely with creative colleagues at renowned animation studio Animal
Logic, and with the
phenomenal design team at LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark, led by Matthew
help design and execute their precise vision.
"I think people are still amazed to see these figures come to life, not only
brilliant vocal performances, but how engaging they are in their own way, from a
visual and tactile
standpoint," states Gum. "The more the animators lean into the characters'
the more charm and emotion you get out of them."
As the former Bricksburgers size up their off-world antagonists and navigate
lands, and as the Queen's forces meet them head on at every twist and turn, it's
a little like what
you might expect from kids playing on opposite sides and struggling for common
"I have two kids and when they don't get along it's the worst, but when they do,
magical," Mitchell reflects. "I think we all come to understand in time that
it's so much better to
play with someone or work with someone because the creativity and the fun grow
and your world expands. Working with animators and storyboard artists and
designers is a much
richer experience for me than locking myself in an office and storyboarding a
whole movie alone,
because working with others is a special thing. That idea is central to our
story, in terms of
understanding and cooperation.
"No pun intended," he adds with a smile, "but this is a movie about connecting."
OLD FRIENDS, NEW CHALLENGES
Emmet & Lucy...4 EVA?
More of a two-hander than the first outing, much of the action revolves around
couple who famously clicked despite vastly different personalities and skill
sets in "The LEGO
Movie." What keeps them together is that amazing history and their real
affection for each other.
But what threatens to separate them now is Lucy's concern that Emmet isn't tough
this harsh new reality...and Emmet's fear that he's going to lose her if he
doesn't do something
about it, making "The LEGO Movie 2" an exploration of their parallel journeys.
"A lot of this movie is about empathy," says Miller. "It's about asking, how do
I grow up
and become a new person without losing my kindness and sweetness and
"Lucy pushes Emmet to be something that's not natural to him," notes Elizabeth
returning as the resourceful warrior with the blue-and-fuchsia 'do. "It's not
who he is and maybe
it's a mistake for her to expect that. I think that's a life lesson everyone can
relate to. You can't
change people. You just have to love them for who they are."
"Lucy has always been battle-ready," Mitchell explains. "As Bricksburg became a
dystopian wasteland, she locked in. This is her world now, where she can kick
butt and take
names. She's totally in her zone battling space aliens. Emmet on the other hand
is still skipping
through town like he doesn't see how dangerous everything is, and that's a
problem for her. She
tells him to grow up, toughen up, change with the times if he expects to
Naturally, she does it from love, and Emmet tries, poor guy. But brooding and
grim just doesn't work for him. Not when there are shooting stars to wish on,
pink valentine hearts
that declare "I love you" in tiny, sugary voices, and a cozy little dream home
to build for their
future, with a double-decker porch swing, trampolines, and a room just for
"Look, a shooting star," Emmet exclaims, bounding hopefully toward an object
suddenly appears in the sky. But wait, as Lucy quickly realizes-that's not a
shooting star. It's an
enemy spacecraft! Those cute little hearts? Grenades. And that lovely little
house-for-two is now
a pile of bricks. Even worse, because of his gosh-darn trusting nature, Emmet
might just be a
little bit responsible for getting Lucy, Batman, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny
whisked off to some scary unknown corner of the LEGO universe...leaving him
alone to figure out
a way to rescue them.
"The whole time he's questioning himself, 'Am I good enough, am I strong
Pratt, "and he learns through the course of this adventure many things about
himself. I'm proud
of what this story has to say in regard to this relationship, with all its
doubts and expectations, and
how all of that gets flipped on its head in such a funny and touching way."
"They see sides of each other they didn't know existed," Banks adds.
If change is an issue, the last place anyone would look would be in Batman's
As he himself would surely attest, this is one rock-steady dude who does his own
thing and doesn't
change for anyone. He doesn't even alter his color palette. It's strictly black,
and sometimes very,
very dark gray. But oh, Batman fans, there are some incredible plot twists ahead
for this beloved
minifigure, as the filmmakers continue to delight in messing with him.
Reprising his popular role as the gravelly-voiced icon, Will Arnett says,
with a rich tradition and we try to adhere to that, but I put my own spin on it,
as do Phil and Chris.
Our Batman takes himself so seriously that it's almost absurd. It's been so
satisfying taking this
iconic character and kind of bending the rules on him. They keep feeding LEGO
experiences to see how he deals with it, because he so ill-equipped to handle
situations, and I'm excited for audiences to see where we take him in this
movie. There are some
big leaps and swings."
This diminutive Dark Knight starts off, as usual, assuming he's going to be the
the big hero and save the day, and instead gets himself immediately kidnapped.
Not only is he
suddenly not in control, but he finds himself in a world full of color and
joyous music, which would
be Batman's worst nightmare on a good day, so it's a different adventure for him
in many ways,
both emotional and physical.
Another returning fan favorite is Unikitty, that placid-on-the-outside,
brick-built character who looks like a cross between a starry-eyed kitten and a
pink unicorn. She
adores all things sweet, fluffy and sparkly but, despite her high sugar content,
Unikitty has always
had a little bit of an anger issue and present circumstances have only added
fuel to that fire. Tick
her off now and she really gets her claws out-morphing into alter ego Ultrakatty,
a larger, scarier,
steampunk version of herself complete with spiny armor and a spiked tail.
"She tries to stay positive and happy, but when someone crosses her, she
totally different cat, if you know what I mean," says Alison Brie, reprising the
role. "She has two
sides to her personality and in this sequel, we get to see a lot more of the
second side. The cool
thing about that is they can weaponize her. She can become a vehicle and shoot
so she really thrives and excels in this post-apocalyptic world."
Getting herself into fighting form, Brie laughingly reveals, was spontaneous. "I
rehearsed Ultrakatty. I just reached down into the bowels of my being, screamed
the fury. Doing animation, you use all these different elements of your voice
that you'd never use
for on-camera acting."
MetalBeard and Benny
Two of the best sidekicks to take on any journey would be MetalBeard and Benny,
by returning stars Nick Offerman and Charlie Day. Though they're as different as
a galleon to a
rocket ship, the bottom line is, these guys just want to get the job done and
help their friends.
"MetalBeard is a pirate whose body was lost in battle and who managed to cobble
a new one out of spare parts that he's constantly replacing," says Offerman of
his character, who
resembles not only a pirate but a pirate ship, with a fair amount of Swiss Army
knife thrown in.
"That makes him the ultimate mechanic and very handy in a crisis when an object
needs to be
put together. Hopefully, MetalBeard is around to launch a shark or a cannonball
out of his arm."
Considering what additional tools the old salt might find useful, Offerman
suggests, "I wouldn't
mind if he could slap on a charcoal grill and cook up some burgers for the
Having worked successfully side by side in "The LEGO Movie," MetalBeard and
the Spaceman have become something of a duo, with Benny often helping his pal
head and various limbs that tend to go astray.
The vintage minifigure Benny, moviegoers will remember, is a loopy astronaut
cracked helmet. A great and loyal friend, he's always on board whenever and
adventure takes the gang, but above all, Benny is known for one defining trait.
spaceships!" Day declares. If he's not piloting or building them, it's
guaranteed he's talking about
them or just thinking about them.
Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi
This tight-knit group of friends who went through so much and prevailed in the
movie thought they could handle anything together. But that was before they met
Wa'Nabi, Empress of the Systar System, the mercurial ruler of a far-off galaxy
of planets that are
distinctly different from one another and are all pretty weird. It's the Queen's
her subjects far and wide can be whatever they want to be, a philosophy for
which she absolutely
leads by example.
"Much like Tiffany Haddish herself," Mitchell states, "the Queen is full of
energy and very
funny, and a super creative character. That's her theme and the theme of the
Systar System that
she rules, that you can change into whatever you like and as many times as you
like. Yet, it's
clear that she is also a good, capable leader and she really cares."
"It's hard to keep up with her," adds Miller.
"Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi is constantly on the move, thinking and planning," says
"She has a whole solar system to rule and she always has to be ten steps ahead
to keep everyone
happy and everything together. So, her physical form changes all the time to
keep pace with her
ideas. You never know what she's really up to, or what she's going to look like
An ever-changing mass of multi-colored bricks that assume any configuration she
from big to small, from cute and familiar to strange and intimidating, the queen
seems to revel in
her ability to take people by surprise. And though she's no shrinking violet
when it comes to
getting exactly what she wants, sometimes when she really needs to get her point
breaks into song. She thinks it makes her more...persuasive.
The Queen's enforcer is a helmeted minidoll known by her proper military title
Mayhem, Intergalactic Naval Commander of the Systar System. Or, as Lord and
Miller like to call
her, "Darth Vader with sparkly wings."
Stephanie Beatriz, who stars as Mayhem says, "She's got on a superhero suit, she
her own ship, and she dons that classic sci-fi movie voice-altering helmet. It's
interesting to see
a superhero imagined from what would likely be the eyes of a preteen kid and see
are important to her. And what you see in Mayhem is strength and honesty...or at
who is trying to find her way toward honesty. Plus, she's second only to the
Queen so she has
a lot of power.
"In the same way that Emmet could be an extension of kids like Finn, Mayhem is
extension of his sister," Beatriz continues. "She's the hero Bianca imagines
herself to be and
maybe also the hero she might think other people want her to be, so she
represents all of that for
this girl who is exploring the LEGO world and trying to see what she can do with
In Mayhem, Lucy truly meets her match as neither woman is the type to back away
a confrontation-with surprising results.
Says Gum, "She's another fun character, our ultimate royal sidekick who's
tough and cool and then turns out to be much more. She and Lucy spar with each
other but then
start to see eye-to-eye and join their two worlds to come up with something
truly special and
Another wild card in this deck is rock 'n' roll Rex Dangervest, space pilot of
and a self-described galaxy-defending archeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer
who appears out
of nowhere when Emmet needs a hand. The quintessential super-cool tough guy,
swagger and just the right amount of chin stubble, Rex is a Master Builder with
skills in his repertoire.
Chris Pratt, already the unmistakable voice of Emmet, shifts gears to take on
role, noting, "Rex is the man Emmet thinks he should be. More importantly, he's
the man Emmet
thinks Lucy wants him to be."
In striving for a vocal counterpoint between the two, Pratt says, "There were
when I made Rex low and grumbly, but that was tricky because I didn't want to
step on Will Arnett's
Batman. It came down to a couple of things to reach for. Emmet is cheerful and
optimistic, in a
higher register. Rex is tougher, and more flip and indifferent, with a touch of
John Wayne, and
half the time he's laughing because he doesn't care what people think of him."
"All these actors bring so much to every role," Mitchell enthusiastically
attests. "Each one
of them is a double threat, not only great actors but some of the funniest
people I've ever met.
The most satisfying part of making this movie was collaborating with them and
seeing what they
bring to their characters."
The roster of returning characters includes Superman, Wonder Woman, Green
and Aquaman, Surfer Dave (now Chainsaw Dave), Sherry the Cat Lady, and Abraham
Among those making their big-screen debut is the charming vampire Balthazar;
clumsy banana that can't get out of the way of his own peel; and Ice Cream Cone,
efficient but impatient party planner; as well as many surprise cameos.
FROM APOCALYPSEBURG TO THE SYSTAR SYSTEM
After more than three million digital LEGO bricks were created from scratch for
Movie," all individually rendered, shaded and lighted, each subsequent film has
bricks, accessories and colors to this digital warehouse. Many bear the
smudges and scratches that would likely occur in normal play, adding to their
time, owing to Apocalypseburg's extremes, our leads appear slightly more
weathered, and even
Emmet's suspenders allow signs of wear even if his buoyant personality doesn't.
The latest batch of bricks includes the 2019 debut of the new color Vibrant
LEGO minidolls, most notably in the form of Sweet Mayhem, take their place among
the clawhanded minifigures and brick-built characters for the first time in a
Just as "The LEGO Batman Movie" introduced natural elements like steam and fire
animation palette and "The LEGO NINJAGO Movie" included grass and soil, "The
2: The Second Part" incorporates objects such as stickers and scraps of fabric,
as would suit a
child's ingenuity because, as Dan Lin points out, "We want kids to feel like
this is a world they can
More expansive than the first, "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" begins in the
reimagined home base of Apocalypseburg, a surreal, Mad Max-inspired landscape
mean armored vehicles with rugged tires that tear up the road, trailing smoke
and flames. Its most
striking feature is Batman's massive citadel, built inside the remains of a
toppled Statue of
Liberty-another delicious cinephile reference. From here, it blasts through
outer space to the
mysterious Systar System-a galaxy comprised of 11 diverse planets and
include Harmony Town, where everyone is 100% agreeable all the time and
everything is clean
and pretty, except for its primeval jungle populated by strange and fast-moving
hungry plants; and
Planet DUPLO, where immense piles of brightly colored bricks are sorted.
Says Mitchell, "I was a huge fan of the first film, and what was fascinating for
me was to
step into this LEGO universe, which is unlike anything else we're ever seen on
the big screen,
and really experience it, because it's vast."
SAY THAT WITH MUSIC
Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi holds court in one of the film's most impressive
vaulted and multi-leveled, with grand corridors like a fantasy castle. From
here, Lucy and her
friends travel to a planet of crystal and ice, housing the Palace of Infinite
Self-Reflection, a spa
and "re-education celebrity center" run by the vampire Balthazar and his
beguiling staff. There,
while Metal Beard gets the barnacles scrubbed off his hull and Batman tends to
his pecs and lats,
the gang is treated to music therapy in the form of a ridiculously danceable pop
"Catchy Song." Because, after the "Everything is Awesome" phenomenon, why not
just admit it
outright? As the lyrics teasingly suggest, "This song is gonna get stuck inside
In addition to the buoyant score by famed composer Mark Mothersbaugh, there are
of original songs complementing the action throughout, including "Welcome to the
System," and a couple of family-friendly but mischievous numbers performed by
as Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi. One, seasoned with plenty of flair, jokes and double
should delight adults in the audience is a duet with Bat-rapping Will Arnett,
that lets the Queen
put Batman on notice that she's "just not into Gotham City guys."
Another, entitled "Not Evil," is meant to disarm the Queen's guests with
declarations of exactly how bad she is not, although it's kind of disconcerting
the way she gets
"sinister" confused with "sincere" and says "terrifying" when she means
"The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" also features two reimagined versions of
"Everything is Awesome," tailored to the new storyline, including one performed
by the LEGO
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