The Lego Movie (2014) Poster


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The term "Master Builder" is actually an official designation by the LEGO Company; per their website, "LEGO® Master Builders are the highly-trained and super-creative builders who design all of the official LEGO sets. Other LEGO Master Builders create giant, detailed sculptures out of LEGO bricks for LEGOLAND® Parks and special events all around the world."
Vitruvius' (Morgan Freeman's) staff is actually a chewed up lollipop, and in most cases, the stick of a lollipop will fit a minifigure's hand.
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) reprised their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy. Daniels also provided C-3PO's voice in numerous Star Wars animated series, and previous LEGO Star Wars movie productions.
During the ending, when Emmet is explaining to President Business about the sets that the people have built, the LEGO videos playing on the televisions in the background are real LEGO stop-motion films (known as "Brickfilms") made by LEGO fans, and were not made by any of the filmmakers.
Vitruvius was a Roman author and architect in the first century B.C., best known for his multi-volume work titled "De Architectura". Etymologically, the word "architect" derives from Greek words meaning "master" and "builder".
In order to add more realism to the movie, the LEGO bricks have scratches, fading, and even fingerprints to make the movie look like someone was manipulating real bricks in a stop-motion fashion. The bricks are also affected by their locations, with the bricks in The Old West realm being more dusty and faded from the sunlight.
This is the first animated film for Morgan Freeman.
Lord Business (Will Ferrell) is President of Octan, a fictional gas station brand, that first appeared in 1992, and has since been featured in numerous Lego sets.
Benny, a.k.a. the "1980-something space guy" (Charlie Day), a minifigure from LEGO's classic Space line, has a broken helmet and a worn-out, scuffed logo on his suit, similar to how many real-life Space minifigures look after being used. The helmet is even shown to be cracked at the same spot where the real-life LEGO piece would usually break.
With the exception of unique pieces for the characters in the film (President Business's hair and evil helmet) every LEGO piece in the movie exists, and can be used in sets.
Morgan Freeman stated that Batman, in this film, is his favorite incarnation of the character of all time.
Everything in the movie was designed to look as if built out of LEGO pieces. This even includes effects like water, fire, laser bolts, explosions, and smoke. For instance, the lasers are actually transparent LEGO rods (commonly known as "Lightsaber blades"), while smaller puffs of smoke are LEGO ice cream pieces. This is in contrast with the direct-to-video LEGO movies and cartoon series, in which parts of the sceneries and most of the effects were made to look realistic.
The creators deliberately tried to make the movie feel like stop-motion animation, and avoided making the computer-generated effects look too obvious. This was done, to make the movie look like it contained real LEGOs.
An early script had many of the character's names different, R2-D2 and Indiana Jones being main characters, Emmet (Chris Pratt) still living with his elderly mother, who turns out to be "the most powerful woman in the universe", had Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) actually swear instead of saying "darn", Larry the Barista (Chris McKay) having a larger role, and Benny (Charlie Day) having a co-pilot that's an inanimate mop called Moppy.
In Emmet's apartment, there is a poster for a movie called "Macho and the Nerd" which is the Russian title for a previous Phil Lord and Christopher Miller movie, 21 Jump Street (2012).
The numbers seen with the pieces when Master Builders were assembling their free form models, are the official LEGO Element IDs (or part numbers) for each of the components used in each of the models.
Metal Beard's (Nick Offerman's) Five Laws of the Sea include; Never place your rear end on a pirate's face. Never release a Kracken. Never put ye hand in a clam's mouth. Always abandon a lost cause. Never wear a dress on Tuesday.
After the first "Everything is Awesome" sequence, the title card that says "5 Hours Later" in LEGOs, is a photograph of real LEGOs, and one of the few non-CGI LEGO shots in the movie. The ending credits are also real LEGOs, animated by stop-motion.
There was originally going to be a shot of the diver-cops making out with mermaids while looking for the remains of the submarine, but it was cut as it was considered to be too racy.
Upon its release, this movie became the most commercially successful animated film made by Warner Brothers Pictures, besting Happy Feet (2006), as well as the most critically acclaimed animated film made by the studio since The Iron Giant (1999).
Metal Beard's pirate crew is made up of the Flash (from DC comics), Michelangelo (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Speed Racer (from the franchise of the same name), Lady Pirate, the Pirate Captain, and another random pirate (from LEGO Pirates), Barry Smoothmoves a.k.a. "Disco Dude", the Magician, Medusa, the Mime, the Witch, and the Zookeeper (all from LEGO Minifigures).
Upon first entering in Cloud Cuckoo Land, Batman (Will Arnett) is visibly annoyed by the place as two characters, a clown and a man in a lizard or dinosaur suit, are greeting him. These two figures are reminiscent of two of Batman's most formidable foes: The Joker and Killer Croc.
When in the Octan tower, Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) goes off and tells them to wait for her signal. When she gives it, it's the "Super Secret" signal from Team America: World Police (2004).
The Kragle (Krazy-Glue) had to be shrunk down from its standard size, so it would fit the minifigure's hands more easily. Similarly, its cap was shrunk down to attach to Emmet's back.
In the chase in The Old West, the pig-drawn carriage gets blown into the sky. In a following shot from above, you can see objects crashing to the ground. At the top of the screen, one of the pigs hits the ground and explodes into sausages.
No simulated motion blur was used in the film, to further give it the look of a stop-motion LEGO film. When scenes called for fast action, such as when Benny is building his spaceship, the animators constructed LEGO brick "streaks" the same colors as the characters.
The map of the LEGO world has regions labelled: Bricksburg, The Old West, Middle Zealand, Cape Space, Pirate's Cove, Viking's Landing, Pharaoh's Quest, Dino Island, Atlantis, Vladek's Realm (Vladek was the main villain of the Knights' Kingdom II theme), Technic Mecha Mine. Forest of Obsolete Products. Octan HQ, All are references to various LEGO toy lines.
When Emmet jumps into the abyss near Lord Business' tower, and finds himself in the real world, he passes through a cardboard tube labelled "Magic Portal". This is a reference to "The Magic Portal", the first LEGO stop-motion animated film (or "Brickfilm").
The piece of music Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) is playing on the piano as Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Emmet (Chris Platt) enter the saloon, is a ragtime version of "Everything Is Awesome", the movie's theme song.
In The Birds by Aristophanes (414 B.C.), Mr. Trusting and Mr. Hopeful erect a perfect city in the clouds, to be named Cloud Cuckoo Land, an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect. In the movie, Cloud Cuckoo Land is the home of Princess Unikitty, a land up in the clouds, where there are no rules and no limits.
The film is dedicated to the memory of Executive Producer Kathleen Fleming, who passed away during production.
Vitruvius can be seen wearing a tie-dye shirt and light blue jeans beneath his robe.
When talking about the different LEGO worlds, a very quick slideshow plays as Wyldstyle says "a bunch of others we don't need to mention". This contains images of Fabuland, a storybook-style range aimed at young children that ran from 1979 to 1989, BIONICLE, LEGO's successful action-figure and multimedia franchise, 2001 to 2010, and 2015 to 2016, LEGO Friends, a theme aimed exclusively at girls, 2012-, and Speed Racer, based on the Speed Racer (2008) movie, all themes whose style didn't fit in with the movies, and couldn't be incorporated into its story. However, a Speed Racer Minifigure does appear later on as part of the pirate crew.
The Middle Zealand world is a reference to the movies set in the fictional land of Middle Earth. These films were famously shot on-location in New Zealand.
As Emmet is yelling at Wyldstyle to stop as they flee Bricksburg, the rotating street sign turbines of their improvised escape vehicle all momentary line up on "STOP".
The word "LEGO" is never once uttered.
After the climax, when the camera pans over the crowd of Bricksburg citizens and Master Builders celebrating, LEGO versions of Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can be briefly seen.
Cloud Cuckoo Land is represented in the real world by the box of pieces, with which Finn's (Jadon Sand's) father gave him to play. It says "Cloud Brothers Movers" on the side of the box.
Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale at one point were considered to reprise the role of Batman.
When the Master Builders are being brought to Lord Business (Will Ferrell) after Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) tracks Emmet (Chris Pratt), there is a shot of Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders) being handcuffed, to which she replies sullenly. This may be a reference to her older comics, in which her established weakness is having her hands bound by a man. This weakness has been phased out of more recent comics.
Some actual LEGO sets, including co-Director Christopher Miller's own Space Village set, were used for locations. This was succeeded through digital composition.
Emmet drives a modified 3177 Small Car, an actual set from LEGO City's 2010 lineup. The differences from the set are the curved front bumper and its side mirrors. The model was later released as a promotional set, called "Emmet's Car" or "Fly Car", made to look exactly as on film.
Benny's spaceship is labelled "LL929", as a reference to the 1980s space LEGO model "Galaxy Explorer" (497), which was labelled "LL928".
The appropriately named Blacktron Fan, a background character who was also included in one of the movie's tie-in sets, wears a Blacktron logo on his shirt. Blacktron (1987 to 1988) was the first unified "bad guy" subtheme of LEGO Space.
Various LEGO characters, either original or from licensed properties, make cameos, or play bit parts. These include, among others: Johnny Thunder (from the Adventurers line), Lloyd Garmadon the Green Ninja (Ninjago), C-3PO, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian (Star Wars), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dumbledore (Harry Potter), Gandalf (Lord of the Rings), Shaquille O'Neal and the NBA All-Stars (Sports), Lion Knights (Castle), Milhouse Van Houten (The Simpsons (1989)), and many characters from the Minifigures series.
This is Wonder Woman's debut in a theatrical film. Likewise, this is also the first theatrical film to have Batman and Superman together, before the live-action Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), which featured the live-action theatrical debut of Wonder Woman.
The Octan Tower is based on the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago.
Batman (Will Arnett) frequently exclaims "Oh, come on!" during the film. This is the same catchphrase of Arnett's character Gob Bluth on Arrested Development (2003).
This is the fourth film for Morgan Freeman, the third film for Liam Neeson and the second film for Billy Dee Williams to feature Batman. Morgan and Liam were in The Dark Knight trilogy, and Billy was in Batman (1989).
Cobie Smulders voiced Wonder Woman in a cameo role. Coincidentally, Smulders had been considered to play a live-action Wonder Woman for a movie written by Joss Whedon, who cast her as Agent Maria Hill of DC Comics' rival company Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. LEGO happens to have licensing rights to both comic companies.
Wyldstyle's previous names as Vitruvius' insecure student are "Darkstorm", "Geminizzle", "Neversmile", "Freakface", and "Snazzypants".
The mysterious device that Lord Business uses to blind Vitruvius and Bad Cop, and uses to try and melt the Piece of Resistance off of Emmet's back, is a laser pointer keychain.
The movie was made by Warner Brothers, and features several DC Comics heroes, as well as characters from Star Wars. Star Wars is owned by Disney, who also owns Marvel Comics, DC's biggest rival.
The movie showed a couple of references to Fabuland, most notably on the shirts of a couple of Minifigures (possibly alluding to "throwback" shirts). Fabuland was LEGO's "transition" storybook line that existed from 1979 to 1989.
President Business' special cape is shaped like a giant necktie. This could be a nod to a previous Will Ferrell role. Ferrell, who plays the President, is well known for playing the fashion designer Mugatu in Zoolander (2001), where it is discovered he is the inventor of the "Piano Key" necktie.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller): (dolphin): The dolphin call heard in every episode of Clone High (2002) is heard on when the characters are first introduced to Cloud Cuckoo land.
Emmett and Benny are the only two characters in the film whose eyes are just black dots, every other character has a white dot in his or her eyes.
In a scene inside the Octan tower, the robot army can be seen at work, typing on computers. However, upon closer inspection, it can be seen that every robot has the game "Solitaire" open. A common procrastination game in offices.
Was the first animated feature film made by the newly reformed Warner Brothers feature animation studio, called "Warner Animation Group".
WILHELM SCREAM: Wyldstyle throws out a biker during the motorcycle chase scene.
Lord Business constantly mispronounces popular products either intentionally or because of obscured letters (Nail Polish Remover is "the remover polish of Naile", X-Acto Knife is "The Sword of Exact 0", and Krazy Glue is "Kragle" because of letters scratched off the tube.
UK showings were preceded by advertisements for BT Infinity and Confused.com that had been re-created in this movie.
Indiana Jones was originally going to be a central character. He can still be seen briefly building the secret tunnel out of Bricksburg, losing his hat in the process, and only grabbing it just in time (Indiana's signature move).
The characters of Green Lantern, Superman, and Metal Beard are voiced by Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Nick Offerman, respectively, who also teamed up in 21 Jump Street (2012), also directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
When Wyldstyle first tells Emmet her name, he asks her if she is a D.J. There is a well-known European D.J. with the artist name "Wildstylez".
In this movie, Will Forte voiced Abraham Lincoln in a cameo role. This marks his second time portraying Lincoln since the short-lived animated sitcom Clone High (2002), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's early television work.
"Emmet" is an archaic word for "ant", an insect well known for being a construction worker that works in a team.
To promote the movie, the British television station ITV broadcasted a whole commercial break containing four different commercials, re-created by LEGO figures, ended with the official movie trailer. According to ITV and Warner Brothers, this project was a world premiere.
When the logo is being built, a cat can be seen in the first few seconds, standing on a few LEGO blocks.
Emma Stone and Robert Downey, Jr. were considered for the leading roles.
The main plot of the film takes place eight and a half years after the prologue, which is roughly the same age as Finn (Jadon Sand). It would imply that Vitruvius saw the prophecy when Finn was born.
"Pièce de résistance" is a French term, translated into English literally as "piece of (or for) resistance", referring to the best part or feature of something, as in a meal, a showpiece, or highlight.
Chris Pratt (Emmet) and Nick Offerman (Metal Beard) starred on Parks and Recreation (2009).
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The minifigure used to represent Green Lantern was never released in any retail LEGO Set. The figure was given out with raffles at New York Comic-Con and San Diego Comic-Con in 2011, to coincide with the re-release of LEGO Superheroes. The figure is one of the most expensive LEGO minifigures on the market. The figure was also given out at the same events as the Comic-Con exclusive Batman suit, which is seen hanging in the Batcave as an alternate suit for Will Arnett's Batman in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017).
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The story is similar to The Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King. Characters from different dimensions team up to search for a mystical artifact, which could save or destroy the universe. Some of the primary settings include analogues of Middle Earth, the Wild West, and modern America.
(At around one hour and three minutes) Bad Cop is briefly seen and heard singing the song "Danny Boy", a ballad written by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly, and is set to the Irish tune of "Londonderry Air". Bad Cop was portrayed by Liam Neeson, a well known Irish actor.
In early development, the movie was titled "LEGO: The Piece of Resistance", and had dozens of differences. One of which was that Emmet lived with his mother, Doris, who got kidnapped by robot ninjas.
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Elizabeth Banks also played a character nicknamed "Wild Style" on Modern Family (2009). In season four, episode seventeen, "Best Men", Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) referred to her by the nickname in a toast.
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On one of the digital computers, there's a picture of a Minion from Despicable Me (2010).
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There is a statue of a skeleton with a cowboy hat atop a horse in the old west saloon with a plaque that says "Bob & Skelly", visible when Wyldstyle and Emmet first enter the saloon. This is a nod to the characters of Bones and Skelly from LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers (2010).
The real Vitruvius invented the first elevator.
Two spin-offs and a sequel were announced. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) spin-off film came out on February 10, 2017), and The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017) spin-off film came out on September 22, 2017.
Lord Business' obsession with "tacos" has an interesting connection. "Tako", in Japanese, means "octopus". The micro-manager robots he uses bear more than a passing resemblance to octopi, some of the instruction bricks feature octopi, and Lord Business is head of the "Octan" company. Furthermore, "taco" is written phonetically as "tako" at several later stages.
The line that Virtuvius states at the beginning of the movie, "Hold on to your butts", is a famous line uttered by Samuel L. Jackson, playing the role of Ray Arnold in Jurassic Park (1993).
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The colorful alien bricks at the end of the film are part of the Duplo sets, which are oversized bricks for children ages three and older.
In the scene where the citizens build various creations to fight Lord Business, the medieval citizens of Middle Zealand are seen building a giant wooden rabbit, a possible reference to the one built by King Arthur and his knights in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop) and Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius) appeared in The Dark Knight trilogy, of which the title character also appeared as a main character in this film.
This film makes Will Arnett the first Canadian-born actor to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in a motion picture.
The Lonely Island raps toward the end of "Everything is Awesome".
The hyperactive spaceman's name is appropriately "Benny", which is a slang abbreviation for Benzedrine, a commercial preparation of amphetamine.
Emmet's name isn't said for the first twelve minutes of the film.
Denzel Washington was considered to voice Vitruvius.
Metal Beard is based on Blackbeard the pirate.
Will Ferrell (President Business/Lord Business) and Jonah Hill (Green Lantern) appeared in Megamind (2010).
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The first animated film since Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) to win the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film without being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
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Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius) and Dave Franco (Wally) appeared in Now You See Me (2013) and Now You See Me 2 (2016).
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Chris Pratt (Emmet) and Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius) appeared in Wanted (2008).
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Jonah Hill voiced Green Lantern, a.k.a. Hal Jordan. He also voiced Titan in Megamind (2010).
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Was number one at the U.S. box-office for three straight weeks.
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Mark Mothersbough, who is solely credited for the music "Everything is Awesome" is a founding member and lead composer for the new wave group Devo.
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This is Will Ferrell and Will Arnett's second film since Blades of Glory (2007). Ferrell play the hero in Blades of Glory (2007) and the villian in The Lego Movie (2014). While Arnett was the villian in the same film and also played a hero in The Lego Movie (2014).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In scenes depicting Bricksburg, there are Octan posters located throughout with slogans indicating Lord Business' heavy emphasis on order and following instructions. However, there are also a few rules that seem specific to come from a father figure, such as "Don't stay up all nite", and "Don't play in the street", foreshadowing his identity as The Man Upstairs.
Similarities to The Matrix trilogy abound. Emmet and Neo live in a world which is a construct of another outside entity. Emmet and Neo are chosen as "the one". Both "die" and have a rebirth. Neo dies at the end of The Matrix (1999), is brought back, and able to see the Matrix for what it is. Emmet plummets into the human world. He is dropped back into his LEGO world by a human child. Upon his return, he proclaims "I can see everything" with the ability to see part numbers to all of the LEGO pieces, much like Neo could see the Matrix. Even the Micro Managers in this movie look similar to the giant robots found in the human harvesting fields in the "real world" of the Matrix. Also Vitruvius' fight with the robots shortly before he dies, is similar to Neo's fight with Agent Smith in The Matrix Reloaded (2003). Furthermore, Will Ferrell's role of The Man Upstairs in this movie, is very similar to his role of The Architect in MTV: Reloaded (2003), a spoof of The Matrix Reloaded.
When Batman says to Wyldstyle that she can be with Emmet, he says, "He is the hero you deserve", much like Commisoner Gordon said of Batman at the end of The Dark Knight (2008). Gordon said, "Because he is the hero Gotham deserves."
First time that Chris Pratt distracts his enemy by dancing and beat-boxing. He did it again in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), during the ending fight with Ronan (Lee Pace). This time while in disguise as a robot with Wyldstyle.
All of the superheroes in this movie are from the DC comic universe. This is probably because the distributor of the film is Warner Brothers, which is owned by Time Warner, which also owns DC Comics.
Batman throws a total of fifteen batarangs at the red button before he exclaims, "First try!"
When Lord Business betrays Bad Cop, he tells him "it's nothing personal, it's just business". A direct quote said to Liam Neeson's (Bad Cop's) character in Taken (2008).
When passing through the "Magic Portal", several animated backgrounds pass behind Emmet, when he is falling from the tower, and returning to the LEGO World. The final effect of glowing white LEGO bricks one row wide flowing from a swirling blue vortex is only seen briefly, but is the same effect used in the game LEGO Dimensions when travelling between worlds. LEGO Dimensions prominently features Wyldstyle, Lord Business, and other LEGO Movie characters in its story, and features a stage based on this movie. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) breifly showed the endless void, into which Emmet falls, and also had a set made for LEGO Dimensions. Despite all of this, no indication has been made as to how the stories relate, if they do at all.
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