It's third time lucky for LEGO Movie fans.
After we were taken under the wing of the utterly awesome The LEGO Batman Movie earlier this year, the second spin-off from the team who assembled 2014's The LEGO Movie is about to burst on our screens.
Actually, there’s a little bit of a wait, as The LEGO Ninjago Movie is assembling in UK cinemas on 13th October. This spin-off gives the LEGO Movie franchise a new spin with an Eastern flavour as a martial arts-led 3D computer-animated action-comedy, directed by Charlie Bean and based on the LEGO Ninjago toy series. Here's what you need to know.
The small screen
With a TV series and three video games already in the can, the Ninjago concept is of course a tried and tested favourite, safe and sound for its transfer to the big screen. But, as ever, it all comes down to the script and the story.
And the writing is in a safe pair of old hands with the Hageman brothers, Dan and Kevin, as the main writers for the film adaptation. They previously co-wrote the story of The LEGO Movie and wrote Cartoon Network's long-running hit animated TV show LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu that began in 2011.
Fans of the TV series can expect plenty of new stuff as the plot is planned to diverge significantly from the one they know on the small screen.
In the Hageman brothers’ story, an old master called Sensei Wu (Jackie Chan) takes on and trains six teenagers, who become gifted ninja hero warriors by night. He instructs the teenage ninjas in the ways of an ancient battle art called Spinjitzu, an elemental spinning movement faster than any regular fighting style.
Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Lloyd and Nya then find themselves on thrilling quests to defeat monsters, riding their awesome fleet of vehicles and dragons to defend their far-away island homeland of Ninjago and its capital city. The slight problem for the sextet though is that, while they are using their super-skills to fight villains and monsters by night, they are just ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy of high school by day.
As the title suggests, the movie is set in the fictional island world of Ninjago, which is inspired by East Asian myths and culture. The land is divided between Ninjago and the Dark Island, where the Overlord once lived. It has an underworld, where evil beings such as the Skulkins skulk, together with sacred places where old stuff is hidden or long forgotten, such as the Serpentine tombs or the tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie is set in a modern world that has large metropolises with skyscrapers, current age and futuristic vehicles, modern electronics and semi-robotic exo-suits, and other futuristic technology. However, it also has a retro appeal with the best of both worlds, old and new, preserving the look of the best designs from the past with historical period buildings and traditional Eastern clothes.
The cast of characters
Voiced by: James Franco
He is the Green Ninja, son of Lord Garmadon and Koko and nephew of Master Wu.
Voiced by: Michael Pena
He is the hotheaded, red Ninja of Fire and Nya's brother.
Voiced by: Abbi Jacobson
She is the strong Ninja of Water and Kai's sister.
Voiced by: Zach Woods
He is the robotic, white Ninja of Ice.
Voiced by: Fred Armisen
He is the laid-back, black Ninja of Earth.
Voiced by: Kumail Nanjiani
He is the goofy blue Ninja of Lightning.
Voiced by: Justin Theroux
He is an evil warlord, Lloyd’s father, Koko’s husband of and Master Wu’s brother.
Master Sensei Wu
Voiced by: Jackie Chan
He is the wisecracking leader of the group, Lord Garmadon's brother and Lloyd's uncle.
Voiced by: Olivia Munn
She is the wife of Lord Garmadon and Lloyd's mother.
Get ready to assemble in Cineworld on 13th October for The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Excited? Let us know @Cineworld.
Derek Winnert is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.