When I saw “The Lego Movie,” I laughed so much more than I ever thought I would. I went in thinking it would be a 90 minute Lego commercial, and yes, it does indeed spark your appetite to buy more Lego sets (I’ll confess that I have Emmet’s double decker couch sitting on my desk right now), but it was so much more. It was well written, the voice acting was top notch, the CGI felt so real, and it was downright hilarious.
We’ve still got a couple of years to go for the big-screen sequel, but thankfully there’s a way to get a dose of that same humor while you wait: “The Lego Movie 4D: A New Adventure,” a mini-sequel now playing at Legoland Florida in the Wells Fargo 4D Theater. It takes place shortly after the first movie ends; I think it’s Benny who jokes that “The Lego Movie” was a great documentary about them.
When I attended the premiere, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was thrilled to see that Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty) had all returned to voice their original characters (Emmet’s there, too, sounding just a bit different). I was also highly anticipating comedian Patton Oswalt in the role of Risky Business, President Business’s brother.
Early on, the characters joke that Risky sounds “less expensive” than his brother, and it’s the sort of sly joke that you’ll find throughout this short. There are plenty of obvious laughs for the kids, but one thing I loved about “The Lego Movie” was that it had plenty of adult appeal, and Mom and Dad will enjoy this one, too.
Risky Business invites our heroes to Legoland…whoops, make that to Brick World, his knock-off theme park next door. I love the fact that his top secret invitation was written on a ghost…literally. Better than disappearing ink, as the whole invitation disappears!
Risky has a special ride or attraction for each of our heroes. I would so totally ride Wyldstyle’s motorcycle roller coaster or Benny’s space ships, but poor Emmet gets shaped, as always, with his “Breakfast With a Plant Merry No-Round.” You can see a skillfully done model and learn how it was made by jumping here. Thankfully Wyldstyle invites him to join her on the coaster, but the duo doesn’t realize that Risky’s up to no good and has already enslaved their friends.
What would make a knock-off park based on “The Lego Movie” complete? A show featuring the movie’s real stars, of course. No “Moopets” for Risky Business (although I nearly died of laughter at his “Everything is Super” song, which is just as much of an ear worm as the “Awesome” version). He wants the real thing, and he’s not above some dirty dealings to get his way. Thankfully, there’s a happy ending, and the audience even gets to play a role in Risky’s defeat. There’s another Mom and Dad joke at the end when he says that he just wanted people to love him and gets a flip comment about jail.
The movie has 4D effects like wind, fog, and water, but you don’t really need them because it easily stands on its own merit. I particularly liked Unikitty; if you liked her angry self in the original movie, watch out for super mega angry angry Angry Unitkitty in this one!
“The Lego Movie 4D: A New Adventure” plays throughout the day at Legoland Florida, so put it on your must-do list when you visit the park. I’m already planning a return visit so I can catch more of the subtle details that truly put it on a par with its predecessor.
What did the celebrities who attended the premiere think about the movie? Go here to find out, and jump here for more celebrity interviews. See the opening ceremony here.