Everything is awesome when it comes to the LEGO movie universe. And with the 13th October release date of The LEGO Ninjago Movie drawing closer, we’re only getting more excited.
It's not hard to see why. So far previous LEGO movies have been a hit with fans and critics alike due to their creativity and genius wit and we’re sure Ninjago will be just as insanely imaginative as the rest.
The LEGO movies are so smart, in fact, that there’s a lot of jokes in there that you’re sure to have missed. To prove just how brilliant the franchise is, here are five hilarious hidden jokes that you missed. (Or maybe you didn't, in which case give yourself a pat on the back.)
5. Exploding pig – The LEGO Movie
We apologise in advance to any LEGO-loving vegetarians out there but this blink or you’ll miss it sight gag is just too delicious to leave out.
During the epic chase scene in the old west that sees our heroes narrowly escape from Liam Neeson’s Bad Cop on a makeshift pig-drawn carriage, the carriage crashes and our heroes are catapulted onto a train. But what happened to the pigs?
Well if you look away from Emmet (Chris Pratt) screaming in terror for just a second you might just spot one of the pigs falling near the top of the screen. Keep watching and you’ll see the pig explode. (2:53 into the below clip.)
This is an adorable family adventure so, in classic LEGO humour, our dear departed pig friend explodes into sausages. What else would a LEGO pig be made of?
4. Old timey pop song – The LEGO Movie
When Emmet and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) enter the old west saloon, you can hear Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) playing some good old timey piano music like you’d expect in any saloon.
You were probably too busy laughing at Emmet’s embarrassing attempts pretending to be a cowboy and a stool to notice what Vitruvius was playing. Listen closely and you’ll notice that he’s playing an old timey version of the ridiculously catchy Everything is Awesome complete with fancy trills and blues notes.
No wonder we can’t stop singing this song, it’s literally everywhere – but how Vitruvius played piano with his Lego hands is a whole other question.
3. Ninjago ninja – The LEGO Movie
It’s no secret that the LEGO movies have more franchise cross-overs and references than we could have imagined with The LEGO Movie throwing in a bunch of superheroes, Star Wars characters (voiced by their original actors), basketball legends. Even Bionicles and Speed Racer get a reference.
During the master builder getogether however, there’s one sneaky cameo appearance that’s worth a mention: Green Ninja. Not just any green ninja, this ninja is a reference to the Ninjago franchise.
Considering that The LEGO Ninjago Movie first started development in May 2014 and was announced back in September 2013, it’s no surprise that the studio wanted to throw in a Ninjago cameo as a fun Easter Egg. It's not only a nod to the wider LEGO franchise but a reminder of what fans would see in the near future.
There’s even a Ninjago reference in LEGO Batman in the form of a billboard that pays homage to the film Chinatown. We can’t wait to see who pops up next in Ninjago.
2. The Batcave – The LEGO Batman Movie
LEGO Batman director Chris McKay has stated that his film was one huge nerdy Easter Egg full of obscure jokes and references - he wasn’t wrong.
There’s so many hidden jokes in this film that it would be impossible to include them all. The Batcave for instance is literally equipped with winks and nods to the series as well as throwing in some jokes too.
For instance, the cave doubles as a garage that houses a LEGO version of every incarnation of the Batmobile from the 1960s TV show right up to Nolan’s trilogy; you can even spot the iconic 1989 Batmobile there too!
The Batcave isn’t just a garage, it also functions as Batman’s Bat-wardrobe containing his suits from the movies, comics, and beyond. You can spot the White Bat suit from the comics which he uses as snow camouflage, a Raging Bat outfit which is a subtle reference to Scorsese’s Raging Bull (00:17 nerd fans) and Krampus Bat because you never know when you need to disguise as a Nordic demon.
1. Bat Shark Repellent – The LEGO Batman Movie
Batman has a lot of gadgets at his disposal, something which LEGO Batman pokes fun at on several occasions, with one of our favourites being the Bat Shark Repellent; it’s the only gadget Robin’s allowed to touch because of how “useless” it is.
Bat Shark Repellent is so ridiculous that you would be excused for assuming that it was a throw away gag but this is actually a reference to the 1960s film where Batman does actually use Bat Shark Repellent.
Not only was it a tongue-in-cheek mocking of a ridiculous part of Batman’s arsenal but LEGO Batman gave the shark repellent the chance to redeem itself when Robin used it to save Batman from Jaws, the toughest shark of them all. Who’s laughing now, eh?
The LEGO movies truly are a treasure trove full of hidden jokes and Easter Eggs. The teams behind these films are comedy geniuses and we cannot wait to see what sneaky hidden jokes they’ve hidden in The LEGO Ninjago Movie. We just need to wait until 13th October when it's released.
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.