A few weeks ago, we mentioned that the LEGO Ninjago Movie will have a sort of a teaser preview in cinemas along with the release of Warner Bros. Animation, Storks. Following LEGO’s brand of humor, the said LEGO Ninjago Movie short entitled ‘The Master’, will feature Sensei Wu as he squares off against a feathered foe, The Chicken. Voiced by the legendary Jackie Chan himself, the wise-cracking Sensei Wu must rise up and prove himself as a worthy kung fu master by taking on a seemingly harmless bird.
Thanks to USA Today, we now have a glimpse on how Sensei Wu’s encounter with pesky, plastic chicken may turn out. Other than showcasing the Master’s fighting prowess, the teaser gives us a general look and feel on how the LEGO Ninjago Movie will play out. Check the teaser below.
It’s sort of shocking albeit funny, to see how a chicken can bring down a temple while slamming Sensei Wu to the ground. As it seems, the famed kung fu master has found his match against a clucking chicken voiced by actress comedienne Abbi Jacobson, who happens also to be the voice behind femme fatale Nya.
Following in the tradition of the LEGO Movie, the LEGO Ninjago movie brings a new look and feel in animation style. As Brickset points out, while the structures used in the film seem to be made entirely of animated LEGO elements, new organic foliage and clouds have been introduced as well giving it a backyard feel and experience.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie short is a humorous study in contrast between the control-obsessed kung fu master and the flightless harbinger of chaos. Director Jon Sunders, who also wrote ‘The Master’ together with Ross Evans, says “My writing partner and I went really off the wall showing Master Wu desperately wanting to star in his own short film, but this chicken keeps coming in and not allowing him to have his moment”. Ross further explains, “It’s control vs. chaos. Wu is this character very much in control of his entire world, almost obsessive-compulsive (about) maintaining perfect order. Chicken is free-flow and chaos. When Master Wu accepts that it’s OK his temple got ruined, that nothing is perfect, that’s when they come into harmony.” So how’s that for an object lesson. I guess no one is too old to learn a thing or two from a little, ‘harmless’ bird.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie is slated to hit theaters next year, September 22, 2017. The film tells the story of six young ninja tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens, struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.