The Lego Movie 2- The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (released in some markets as The Lego Movie 2) is a 2019 computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by the Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. A direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014), it is the fourth film in the franchise, following the release of two spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie (both 2017). Animal Logic, who provided the animation for all the films in the franchise, returned. The film is directed by Mike Mitchell, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (writers and directors of the first film) returning as producers and writers; animation direction is by Trisha Gum. It features Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Will Ferrell reprising their roles from the previous film, along with new additions to the cast including Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Maya Rudolph.

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMike Mitchell
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
Story by
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
  • Matthew Fogel
Based onLego Construction Toys
Starring
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Edited byClare Knight
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures[1]
Release date
  • February 7, 2019 (2019-02-07) (Denmark)
  • February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[2]
Country
  • United States
  • Denmark
  • Australia
LanguageEnglish
Budget$99 million[3][4]
Box office$136.5 million[5]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (released in some markets as The Lego Movie 2) is a 2019 computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by the Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. A direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014), it is the fourth film in the franchise, following the release of two spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie (both 2017). Animal Logic, who provided the animation for all the films in the franchise, returned.

The film is directed by Mike Mitchell,[6] with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (writers and directors of the first film) returning as producers and writers; animation direction is by Trisha Gum.[7] It features Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Will Ferrell reprising their roles from the previous film, along with new additions to the cast including Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Maya Rudolph.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was released in the United States and United Kingdom on February 8, 2019, in 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, and IMAX 3D formats. The film has grossed over $136 million worldwide against a budget of $99 million and received positive reviews from critics, who commended its humor, screenplay, animation, soundtrack, visuals, and voice acting, although some said it was not as "fresh" as the first film.[8]

Plot

The movie begins where it left off, with the Duplo invaders coming to Bricksburg. Emmett opts to approach them peacefully, building a heart out of LEGO's as a token of friendship. They seem to like it, but when one of them eats it and playfully demands more, Lucy interprets this as an attack and retaliates. This causes the Duplo creatures to cry and more soon come, making a mess of Bricksburg, but Emmett tells Lucy that "Everything can still be awesome."

Five years after the events of Master Builder Emmet's previous adventure, Finn's younger sister Bianca has started taking some of his LEGO creations and other toys in their basement along with her own set of Duplo bricks to play with.[9] Metaphorically, in the LEGO universe, the Duplo invaders have turned Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland named Apocalypseburg and continue to invade periodically, which in turn hardens most of Apocalypseburg's citizens. Emmet remains upbeat and wants to move into a dream home with Lucy, but is troubled by dreams of a pending "Armamageddon".

The Duplo army leader General Sweet Mayhem arrives in Apocalypseburg, and proclaims that Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi of the Systar System wants to marry their leader. After some debate over who the leader is, Mayhem's forces kidnap Batman, Lucy, Benny, MetalBeard, and Unikitty, taking them to the Systar system. Batman is taken to Wa'Nabi and eventually agrees to marry her, while the others are placed in environments designed to tempt them, which only Lucy resists.

Meanwhile, Emmet converts his dream house to a spaceship to give pursuit. He travels through "the Stairgate" (out of the basement) and en route, he is saved from colliding with an asteroid field by the rugged adventurer Rex Dangervest. As they travel to the Systar system, Emmet begins to absorb several of Rex's mannerisms and hopes to impress Lucy with his hardened attitude. The two evade capture by Wa'Nabi's forces and join with Lucy. Emmet devises a plan to rescue his friends, which involves Lucy switching off the pop music that's supposedly brainwashing the others and Emmet destroying the reception cake encased in a temple to stop the wedding. As Lucy fights Mayhem to get to the music she learns that the Systar System never intended to be antagonistic towards Apocalypseburg, but instead sought peace between them and simply failed at communicating so. In addition she discovers that Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi's original form was the heart that Emmet built for the Duplo Aliens in his attempt to create peace. Emmet, facilitated by Rex's manipulations, destroys the temple just as Lucy realizes that Rex actually intends to bring upon the Armamageddon deliberately.

In the real world, the act of destroying the temple is represented by Finn angrily destroying Bianca's LEGO creations. Hearing them bicker, their mother gets furious and orders them to put their LEGO sets into storage, this event being the Armamageddon (as in "Our Mama Gets In"). Emmet tries to stop them but is stopped by Rex, who reveals he is an embittered version of himself from the future. After being neglected for years underneath the dryer after crashing in the asteroid field, he time-traveled back with the intention of causing the Armamageddon as revenge. Rex knocks Emmet under the same dryer to ensure his existence, but Lucy rallies the others into escaping from the storage bin (bringing them back into the LEGO world), and rescues Emmet from Rex. Emmet and Lucy overpower Rex and destroy his time machine. Rex turns redemptive but declares "no regrets" as he and his timeline are erased from existence.

Wa'Nabi and Batman finally wed, represented by Finn and Bianca reconciling with each other and agreeing to play together again. Their mother returns their LEGO sets, averting Armamageddon. The LEGO universe is transformed into a mishmash of Apocalypseburg and the Systar System called "Syspocalypsestar" which is a peaceful place. Emmet's dream house is rebuilt and Lucy reveals that she was one of the original artists of "Everything Is Awesome" much to Emmet's surprise.

Cast

Production

Development

On February 3, 2014, Jared Stern was hired to write the sequel, along with Michelle Morgan.[24] On March 12, 2014, Deadline reported that animation co-director Chris McKay would direct the sequel with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as producers.[25] On April 10, 2014, it was reported that McKay wanted to have more women in the sequel than men.[26] On July 28, 2014, it was reported that Chris Pratt wants to return to reprise his role as Emmet. It was also reported that Will Arnett might return to reprise his role as Batman, but had not decided yet.[27]

In October 2014, Warner Bros. scheduled The Lego Batman Movie for 2017, and The Lego Movie 2 for May 25, 2018.[28][29] On October 25, 2014, it was reported that Lord and Miller had signed on to write The Lego Movie 2.[30] On October 30, it was announced that Australia-based animation studio Animal Logic was in talks to produce the next three Lego films (though the deal was not finalized at the time) and the New South Wales government would make financial contributions to all the films.[31] On November 12, during an interview with BBC News, Lord and Miller revealed that there would be more female characters featured in the film.[32]

On February 24, 2015, the sequel was titled The Lego Movie Sequel and Rob Schrab was announced as the film's director, replacing McKay as director as he was scheduled to direct The Lego Batman Movie instead.[33] By November 2015, Miller announced that the first draft of the script was completed.[34] Subsequent rewrites were provided by Raphael Bob-Waksberg,[35] Dominic Russo[36] and Matthew Fogel.[37] By February 2017, Schrab had been replaced by Mike Mitchell, reportedly due to "creative differences".[6] Production started in Canada on October 2, 2017.[38][39] In an interview with Collider, producer Dan Lin confirmed that Lord & Miller were rewriting the script during production.[40]

The film is dedicated to Charie Miller, Christopher Miller's mother, who died on December 27th 2018, before the film was released.[41]

Writing

The Lego Movie 2's narrative starts after the events of the first film, just as Finn's toddler sister Bianca starts to play with Duplo blocks and tries to take over Bricksburg. In the intervening years, Bianca has taken more of the Lego sets to incorporate into her own creations. The animation team recognized that girls would likely not only use Lego bricks but also incorporate other materials, such as fabrics and paper, creating a challenge for their rendering team. They wanted these elements to appear as if a child was manipulating them through their stop-motion animation process. They explored multiple design styles for each playset that is within Bianca's room, the "Systar System", and developed new animation approaches for some of these styles, including using fewer frames as in inbetweening.[15]

They also incorporated the Lego Friends line of toys aimed at girls, which include mini-dolls like General Sweet Mayhem. However, unlike traditional Lego mini-figurines, the Lego Friends' mini-dolls do not have the same articulation, for example, having no separate leg movement or wrists that rotate. The production team, working with Lego, did not want to create walking and movement patterns that did not match the articulation the real figurines could do, and came up with creative solutions for animating these in the film. This also created a challenge for at least one song and dance number; production brought in a choreographing team to help plan out the dance taking into account for the restrictions of movement for the mini-figures. For Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, the production team decided to simply assign a pile of random Lego bricks for her, but required that each of the forms that she could shape-shift into used only those bricks from that pile.[15]

Among a concern between the creative leads was how to represent the Lego universe. Miller stated that they see each of the Lego films taking place in the mind of a child, with both The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie occurring within Finn's mind. With The Lego Movie 2, both Finn and Bianca's imaginations drive events, and the creators opted to leave parts of the film vague if the scene was based on Finn's version, Bianca's version or some combination. However, in some scenes they wanted to be clear it was Finn or Bianca's view influencing the events, and thus provided clues such as the type of dialogue given by the main characters to figure out whose imagination was at work.[9]

Among the mini-figures within the film will be one based on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Lord and Miller had considered figures that would be unexpected within the film, with Ginsburg as one of their ideas. They received Ginsburg's blessing for this appearance, though she did not perform any voice work for this role. Subsequently, the Ginsburg mini-figure will be made as part of the movie's toy line.[42][43]

Casting

On March 23, 2018, it was reported that Tiffany Haddish had been cast in the film to voice a new lead character, while returning actors would be Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, Will Arnett as Batman, Channing Tatum as Superman, and Jonah Hill as Green Lantern.[10] Stephanie Beatriz and Arturo Castro were announced to be part of the film on June 4, 2018.[12] Castro was replaced by Richard Ayoade in the final film. During San Diego Comic Con 2018, it was announced that Pratt would also voice a new character in addition to Emmet, Rex Dangervest, who is based after Pratt himself.[11] In November 2018, Maya Rudolph joined the cast.[16] In early January 2019, it was revealed that Jason Momoa would reprise his role as Aquaman from the DC Extended Universe. Gal Gadot was to also reprise her role as Wonder Woman from the DC Extended Universe, replacing Cobie Smulders from the previous film,[44] but Smulders ended up returning shortly before the film's release.[18]

Daniel Radcliffe was originally set to voice a look-like of his Harry Potter known as Larry Potter, but his scene was ultimately cut. It was revealed by Mike Mitchell that Radcliffe's cameo was deleted due to not wanting to risk anything that would upset the Harry Potter fandom. The character was replaced by Larry Poppins (another look-alike character based on a British media icon).[45]

Music

Following the same attempt to create an earworm with the first film's "Everything Is Awesome", the producers of the film created a similar song for the sequel, called "Catchy Song", which principally features as its only lyric the repeated phrase "This song's gonna get stuck inside your head". The song was written by Jon Lajoie, produced by Dillon Francis, and sung by T-Pain and That Girl Lay Lay. According to Lajoie, he found that "Everything is Awesome" was "annoyingly catchy", and the only way that they could outdo that was "Dial the 'annoying' up to 11!".[46]

Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the first film's soundtrack, as well as the score for The Lego Ninjago Movie, returned to compose the score for the sequel.[47]

Soundtrack

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2019
Recorded2018
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length23:51
LabelWaterTower Music
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Everything Is Awesome (Tween Dream Remix)"Garfunkel & Oates featuring Eban Schletter1:53
2."5:15"Stephanie Beatriz0:34
3."Welcome to the Systar System"Yossi Guetta, Esther Guetta & Fiora Cutler0:38
4."Not Evil"Tiffany Haddish3:33
5."Catchy Song"Dillon Francis featuring T-Pain & That Girl Lay Lay2:48
6."Gotham City Guys"Tiffany Haddish & Will Arnett2:16
7."Everything's Not Awesome"Stephanie Beatriz, Ben Schwartz, Alison Brie, Noel Fielding, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt & Richard Ayoade3:01
8."Super Cool"Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island3:23
9."Come Together Now"Matt and Kim2:13
10."Hello Me & You"Superorganism3:32
Total length:23:51

Score

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Original Motion Picture Score
Film score by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2019
Recorded2018
GenreFilm soundtrack, film score
Length51:56
LabelWaterTower Music
No.TitleLength
1."Your Sister"0:51
2."Main Title (The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part)"1:25
3."Apocalypseburg / Green Hornet"1:02
4."Apocalypseburg"0:58
5."House Tour"1:43
6."A Shooting Star"0:45
7."Run"2:39
8."Door Slowly Closing"1:21
9."General Mayhem"1:37
10."Triple Decker Couch"0:59
11."No Real Heroes Left"2:30
12."I'll Show Them"0:58
13."The Systar System"1:01
14."Introducing Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi"1:33
15."Did You Say Wedding?"1:06
16."Emmet Saved by Rex / Circular Stairway"1:15
17."Rexcelsior Tour / Crank the Warp Drive"3:45
18."Heading to Planet Sparkles"1:02
19."Emmet and Rex"1:01
20."Alien Jungle"1:57
21."Heck Town"1:53
22."Duplo Brickyard"1:04
23."The Man of Bats Welcome"0:40
24."Fresh Nightmare"1:49
25."Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi & Batman Falling in Love"1:10
26."Lucy Fights Mayhem"1:31
27."Introducing The Wedding Party"1:01
28."Emmet The Hero"0:48
29."The Fight Continues"3:08
30."What Did I Just Do?"2:43
31."There I Was"1:51
32."You're Weak / Brother Gives Heart"2:35
33."Rex Vanishes"2:15
Total length:51:56

Release

The film was theatrically released in the United States and the United Kingdom on February 8, 2019. The film was released one day earlier in Denmark. [48] This was its third rescheduling; it was first scheduled to be released in the US on May 26, 2017 and then on May 18, 2018.[49][50]

On January 24, 2019, Warner Bros. announced it would hold one-day previews for the film in 500 theaters in the United States, two days later.[51]

Marketing

On June 4, 2018, the first poster was released along with an announcement that the first trailer would be released the following day.[52] The second trailer was released on November 20, 2018, along with the second poster.[53] On Black Friday 2018, Warner Bros. released The Lego Movie on YouTube in its entirety for one day only, with a trailer for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part attached.[54] The third and final trailer was released on December 19, 2018.

In the UK, DFS Furniture ran a marketing campaign that tied in with The Lego Movie 2.[55]

Other brands that partnered[56] with the film include Chevrolet[57] for promoting the Silverado, Chiquita,[58] McDonald's for Happy Meal toys, Discover card, and Turkish Airlines.

Just like the first film, Lego released a toyline theme of over 20 sets based on scenes from the film, including collectable Minifigures.

Video game

A video game based on the film, The Lego Movie 2 Videogame, a direct sequel to The Lego Movie Videogame, was announced on November 27, 2018 and is scheduled to be released on February 26, 2019, two weeks after the film's release, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and for the Nintendo Switch on March 26.

Short films

On August 1, 2018, Turkish Airlines and Warner Bros. released a special safety video featuring characters from the franchise.[59]

On December 10, 2018, Warner Bros. released a short film, titled Emmet's Holiday Party, as a Christmas styled promotion for the film.[60][61]

On January 8, 2019, one month before the film's release, Lego released a music video titled "Everything is Awesome" Dance Together Music Video, on its official YouTube Channel. The video uses the titular song.[62]

From January 5 to January 26, 2019, the Lego channel made a series of short films, Saving Bricksburg, in which characters from the film were shown in short reenactments of The Lego Movie.

Reception

Box office

As of February 24, 2019, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has grossed $83.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $53 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $136.6 million.[5]

In the United States and Canada, The Lego Movie 2 was released alongside What Men Want, Cold Pursuit and The Prodigy, and was originally projected to gross $50–55 million from 4,303 theaters in its opening weekend.[63] The film made $1.5 million from Thursday night previews, and when combined with advance screenings held at 550 theaters on January 26, 2019, made a total preview gross of $2.1 million. After making just $8.5 million on its first day, weekend estimates were lowered to $31 million. It went on to debut to $34.1 million, finishing first at the box office but marking a 50% decline from the first film. Deadline Hollywood attribute the low opening to franchise fatigue due to the release of two spin-offs prior to The Lego Movie 2, as well as Warner Bros. promoting the film using similar marketing tactics from the first film, leading audiences assuming the sequel derivative and indistinguishable from its predecessor.[64][65]

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 234 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While it isn't quite as much fun as its predecessor, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part fits neatly into an animated all-ages franchise with heart and humor to spare."[66] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[67] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale (down from the first film's "A"), while those at PostTrak gave it an average 4 out of 5 stars; social media monitor RelishMix noted online responses to the film were "great".[64]

Jesse Hassenger of The A.V. Club called the film "lovable", giving it a grade of B and writing "Like Brad Bird's recent Incredibles 2, it follows up a dazzling animated original (all the more dazzling for earning that designation despite being based on a toy line) with some big ideas that don’t cohere with the same streamlined magic as its predecessor."[68] TheWrap's Yolanda Machado commended the screenplay and directing and wrote that the film "expands on the original's premise, adding new worlds and characters to the growing LEGO universe, while also crafting a story that is timely, inventive, hilarious and perfect for all ages."[69]

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly says that while it was better than most other films it didn't recapture the surprise of the first film, saying "Everything is still awesome. Just a little bit less so."[70] For The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Rechtshaffen wrote that the film brought "little that's fresh or funny to the interlocking brick table despite boasting a script penned by originators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller."[71]

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