AS every kid knows, you can make anything out of Lego.
And this snappy animation proves that Warner Bros have built a winning family franchise out of their partnership with the Danish toy brick giant.
If you’ve seen the previous two films – 2014’s The Lego Movie and February’s The Lego Batman Movie – you’ll know the funniest moments tend to be built on snarky spoofs of Warner Bros classics.
The Lego Ninjago Movie might not be the cleverest film in the series, but thanks to a string of sharp gags and a hilarious turn from Justin Theroux, it could be the funniest.
But it did make me wonder if they were running out of material. The film’s maddest scene involves a live-action cat clambering up a skyscraper while rampaging through a plastic metropolis.
You could take this to be a reference to Godzilla or King Kong, Warner’s original creature feature. Parents of a certain age will wonder if the writers have been rifling through episodes of 70s BBC comedy The Goodies.
Hopefully, royalty cheques are in the post or Bill Oddie will be grumpier than ever.
But at least this proves that the humour doesn’t need to rely on Warner Bros’ back catalogue.
As Lego’s ninja sets and TV series aren’t particularly well known, they have had to shuffle their pieces. This time the scattergun comedy aims broad shots at martial arts movies, disaster flicks, superhero cliches and a certain recently revamped space opera.
A slightly redundant live-action framing device sees Jackie Chan’s shopkeeper, below, spinning a fantastical yarn about the vaguely Japanese island of Ninjago.
There, the locals wake up to two news anchors (voiced with more