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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

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