LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is an animated movie featuring characters from one of LEGO's most popular lines of toys, so in some way it acts as an extended commercial. The story features martial arts action, fighting, and peril, but no blood or wounds. The bad guys are skeletons who are already dead, so their injuries are more comical than traumatic. There's some scary imagery and talk of a hell-like "underworld." Overall, it may be too intense for very young kids, but the ninja characters learn lessons of patience and teamwork from their wise sensei.
What's the story?
Teen Kai (voiced by Vincent Tong) works at a blacksmith shop and receives a mysterious visit from Sensei Wu (Paul Dobson). Not long after, skeleton warriors attack and kidnap Kai's sister, Nya (Kelly Metzger). Sensei Wu offers to help the hot-headed Kai find her, but first Kai must train and learn the ways of ninjago. When Kai is ready, he joins forces with three other ninjas -- Jay (Michael Adamthwaite), Cole (Kirby Morrow), and Zane (Brent Miller) -- to retrieve four hidden, magical weapon. Together, the weapons contain incredible power. At the same time, Sensei Wu's evil brother, Garmadon (Mark Oliver), is also looking for the weapons. Can the ninjas complete their mission before Garmadon's terrible plan comes to fruition?
Is it any good?
Certainly the marketing department at LEGO is full of geniuses, but this Ninjago movie -- based on a popular line of LEGO toys -- is lots of fun simply as a story and as an animated movie. The plot moves along at a decent pace; if anything, it's sometimes a bit too fast. And characters learn lessons of teamwork and patience thanks to the wise and respectable Sensei Wu. Better still, it's full of silly, winking humor, thereby making the peril seem less intense.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the movie's martial arts violence. Kids: Does the humor make the violence seem less intense? Do you feel more amped up after watching cartoons like this?
What lesson does Kai learn over the course of the story? What is he like at the beginning and then at the end? How does teamwork help the ninjas complete their mission?
- Does the movie make you want to buy LEGO toys? Or were you more interested in the story and characters?