The short film introduces Jackie Chan’s movie version of Sensei Wu, attempting to be dramatically introduced to the audience – until a troublesome chicken is determined to steal the limelight. It shows a new take on the animated style of The LEGO Movie and gives a taste of the kind of physical, visual comedy that fans may expect when The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is released in September.
The short film was originally shown ahead of last year’s animated comedy Storks. The director of The Master discussed the short with USA Today at the time:
“My writing partner and I went really off the wall showing Master Wu desperately wanting to star in his own short film, but this chicken keeps coming in and not allowing him to have his moment,” says director Jon Saunders, who wrote The Master with Ross Evans.
“It’s control vs. chaos. Wu is this character very much in control of his entire world, almost obsessive-compulsive (about) maintaining perfect order,” says Saunders. “Chicken is free-flow and chaos. When Master Wu accepts that it’s OK his temple got ruined, that nothing is perfect, that’s when they come into harmony.”