The new “Lego Movie 4-D: A New Adventure” film coming to Legoland theme parks around the world in early 2016 will seek to replicate the off-beat humor and firecracker wit that made the original animated movie a hit with both critics and moviegoers.
The 12-minute Legoland movie brings back everyman construction worker Emmet Brickowski for a new story that combines 3-D animation with wind, water, fog and lighting effects.
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“Lego Movie 4-D” finds Emmet invited to a Legoland-like theme park where all the rides are based on adventures from the original movie. But the fun soon ends when Emmet and his friends are thrust into the middle of an “evil secret plot” concocted by new villain Risky Business, the brother of Lord Business. Emmet’s nemesis will be voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt, best known for voicing Remy in “Ratatouille” and playing Spencer Olchin on “The King of Queens.”
The theme park movie reunites some of the celebrity voice talents from the original theatrical release, including Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Alison Brie (Unikitty), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard) and Charlie Day (Benny).
“Lego Movie 4-D” will be directed and co-written by Rob Schrab, who is also slated to direct the “Lego Movie” sequel set for a 2018 release. Schrab’s resume includes directing stints on “The Mindy Project” and “Community” as well as writing work on “The Sarah Silverman Project” and “The Monster House.”
Notably missing from the Legoland 4-D movie credits are the screenwriting wizards Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as well as the celebrity voice talents of Will Ferrell, Will Arnet, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. It has yet to be determined if Chris Pratt -- the voice of protagonist Emmet Brickowski -- can squeeze the voice-over work into his busy schedule, Legoland officials said.
The new Legoland movie will be created by North Hollywood-based Pure Imagination Studios, which worked on the Angry Birds 4-D experience at the United Kingdom’s Thorpe Park and the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 4-D interactive dark rides at Six Flags parks.
“Lego Movie 4-D” debuts at Legoland Florida on Jan. 29 and at Legoland California on Feb. 6 (a.k.a. Super Bowl weekend). Legolands in England, Germany, Denmark and Malaysia will get the 4-D film in March when the parks open for the season. The 11 Legoland Discovery Centers in North America, Asia and Europe will also screen the movie.
In California, the new Lego movie replaces “Legends of Chima 4-D” and “Clutch Powers 4-D.”
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