Trivia / The LEGO Movie

  • Acting for Two: Liam Neeson as both Bad Cop/Good Cop and his/their father Pa Cop, and Will Ferrell as both Lord/President Business and the Man Upstairs.
  • Actor Allusion:
    and also
    President Business: Release the Kragle!
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Various references to LEGO-fandom, such as the term "macaroni brick" for 3063 Brick, Round Corner 2x2.
    • One of the foremen in the construction yard yells for "cheese slopes," a fan term for the 54200 Slope, 1x1x2/3.
  • Author Existence Failure: In the Japanese dub (at least in the trailers) this was the last dubbing role Ichirō Nagai (Vitruvius) did before his death in January 2014.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Aside from the main cast and cameo characters, there's still plenty of this. Channing Tatum, Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders play Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman respectively. Also Will Forte, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key and Jorma Taccone all voice minor characters and various extras.
  • Defictionalization:
    • Played straight: Many of the wild models dreamt up by the Master Builders and ultimately Finn are available as real toys. As is normal for a movie that's Merchandise-Driven.
    • Played with: The movie contains objects like Vitruvius' staff, which are clearly not from the LEGO universe. The licensed toys give these an official brick representation.
    • There is an actual Master Builder Academy, where members are encouraged to be creative and build whatever they want. So yes, it is possible to become a Master Builder in Real Life.
  • Executive Meddling: Averted, as Warner Bros. executives were nervous about The Reveal and Twist Ending, but ultimately allowed the directors to keep it; said directors were unsure how audiences would react to it as well.
  • Fake American: Toronto-born Will Arnett as Batman.
  • Fan Nickname: The true name of "The Man Upstairs" is never revealed, so a few fans think his name is Will.
  • Lying Creator: Before the film's release, LEGO kept telling people that Star Wars characters wouldn't be appearing due to conflicts with Disney. This kept one of the film's best cameos a nice surprise.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: Two of DC Comics most prominent characters, Wonder Woman & The Flash, actually made their theatrical debuts here. It also marks the first time the Justice League of America have appeared in a theatrical release together, even if they aren't referred to as such.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: This short film won a contest to appear in The LEGO Movie. It appears at the climax on Lord Business' screen when the entire LEGO world mobilizes against his army.
  • The Other Marty:
    • The Japanese dub's first trailer had Ichirō Nagai as the voice of Vitruvius. Presumably due to Nagai's death in January of 2014, the role is instead played by Michio Hazama.
    • The exact same was true for the Hungarian version: early promos featured one of Morgan Freeman's two "regular" dubbing actors (Gábor Reviczky), later ones used the other (László Helyey). With Helyey's death in January, the dub was made using a third actor, who sounded nothing like Freeman. Outside of Wyldstyle, all other character also changed their voices from the promos.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Two types as Liam Neeson; as Bad Cop, because he's never outright that mean, and Good Cop, because he's never that wimpy and nice.
    • Zig-zagged with Will Ferrell as the strait-laced dad/Man Upstairs, who is against his usual type, and Lord Business, who isn't as much.
  • Production Posse: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were the leads from Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street, are cast here as Superman and Green Lantern.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Most of the cast and crew by nature, but Liam Neeson two-fold. He and his nieces and nephews played with LEGO and he jumped at the chance at a role in the film. He also visibly Squeed a little during an interview when he talked about making jokes with Will Ferrell.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Yes, the film has gotten LEGO sets based off of it.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy:
    • A rather interesting case, as the movie is about the toys themselves. Any sets that existed prior to the movie appeared in the show as they would. In addition, several of the "2 in 1" sets were the models sold in the sets. However, some of the plot-critical sets like Emmet's Construct-o-Mech and Metalbeard's ship are vastly different (at least structurally) from their movie counterparts. Likewise, none of the Micromanagers in any of the sets are identical to the ones that appeared. However, all of these sets at least look like what they're suppose to; presumably the difference in construction is due to scale and design.note 
    • Benny's Spaceship and Cloud Cuckoo Palace actually appears in near-completely show-accurate form. This is because they both appear in the real world, so presumably an actual, real life model needed to be developed for those scenes. The Spaceship is pretty prominent, but the palace appears in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment when Finn's dad points to Finn's LEGO section. The Super Secret Police Dropship is the same model in the sets as in the movie.
    • An interesting subversion comes in the form of a goof. When developing the model for Emmet, the designers thought to put an "authentic" imperfection on his hairpiece in the form of an injection-molding seam down the front. This turned out to be a mistake, since the physical minifigure used in the live-action shots and the sets does not have the seam, making the model created for the animated sequences incorrect, but presumably, it was too late to fix.
    • One short subverts this by having the Green Ninja (Lloyd Garmadon) sound masculine, and nothing like his normal VA, Jillian Michaels. It's rather jarring for Ninjago fans.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise: Bad Cop's "Scribble Face" minifigure revealed his fate in the movie, and while not an exact interpretation of the scenes, the "Lord Business' Evil Lair" playset revealed many details, including Bad Cop's parents frozen by glue and Princess Unikitty in her "business" disguise.
  • Throw It In: Liam Neeson ad-libbed "Darn darn darn darny darn!"
  • What Could Have Been: The directors couldn't get all the licensed characters they wanted. They haven't said who these were, but obvious absentees various Disney properties including Marvel Universe, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars. Except Star Wars characters did make it into the movie, which was thought otherwise thanks to the creators deliberately misleading the audience in interviews. Of course, LEGO has worked with Star Wars since long before Disney came into the picture.
    • A dropped sub-title would have been "The Piece of Resistance".
    • A script for the old ''Piece of Resistance'' title has surfaced. It's incredibly different from the final version, with many of the character's names changed, R2D2 and Indiana Jones being main characters, Emmet still living with his elderly mother, who turns out to be "the most powerful woman in the universe", had Bad Cop actually swear instead of saying "darn", Larry the Barista having a larger role, and Benny having a co-pilot that's an inanimate mop called Moppy.
    • The ending credits were meant to be more grandiose with the LEGO bricks spelling out the casts' name in a world that represents them (Unikitty would be in a cutsy world, Batman a Gotham-like city, etc). But the producers found it would take too many LEGO bricks and time to do, as the credits were actual stop-motion rather than CGI like the rest of the film.
    • Metalbeard was originally going to be Wildstyle's boyfriend, until they decided Batman would be even crazier.
    • There was a planned Big Damn Kiss between Emmet and Wildstyle (Played for Laughs and depicted as two toys awkwardly mashing against each other) but focus groups were iffy on it, and is was decided that Holding Hands was more appropriate.
    • Unikitty was originally going to end up with either Metalbeard or Batman at the end of the movie.
    • Lord Business's name was originally going to be "Black Falcon".
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