The talent behind The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part took to the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic Con to share a few details about the upcoming film.
With San Diego Comic Con 2018 in full swing, Warner Bros. presented a series of presentations to share details of the studio’s upcoming film slate. That of course includes The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which will be released in February 2019.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, writers and producers on the feature, took to the stage along with other behind the scenes talent to discuss the animated movie. “It’s five years later and the war between the aliens and the Brickburgians has gone on now, Bricksburg has become Apocalypsburg and has become a heckish place to live,” Miller explained, setting the sequel scene. “Hardcore, this movie’s hardcore.”
“We wanted the movie to pick up where the first one left off and try to tell a story about two different imaginations,” Lord elaborated. “It seems like maybe Finn’s sister is involved in this one and that is like going to like a completely different universe, so it’s a metaphor guys.”
Chris Pratt, who voices Emmet Brickowski, explained to the audience why The LEGO Movie had been a special project to have worked on. “If you look at the timeline of when we shot The LEGO Movie, when I first was given the role I was Andy on Parks and Recreation and Emmet starts the film as this painfully ordinary fellow who’s given an extraordinary opportunity, and by the time we finished doing our recording sessions I was Star-Lord.”
Animation Director Trisha Gum talked about designing the new worlds that Finn’s sister has created. “We blast off out of the basement into the Systar system, as we’re calling it, and it’s just been rich with ideas and new characters. As you see, talking ice cream cones and bananas. It’s just been really fun to be as creative as we can possibly be with it.”
Her “as you see” refers to footage that was screened exclusively for the audience at the convention. “Like I said from the first film, these wonderful writers tend to mine from my life to make this film. So don’t be surprised if you see another instance of art imitating life,” Pratt said. “It’s not Star-Lord guys,” Miller added.
While not Star-Lord, the character certainly included a bit of Star-Lord – and characters from Pratt’s other blockbuster movies. As well as voicing Emmet, the actor voices a second character – Rex Dangervest. This new character is a galaxy-protecting archeologist, cowboy, and raptor wrangler. He becomes “vest friends” with the Special, channelling more archetypal leading man traits than Emmet.
Joining the cast as Sweet Mayhem, Stephanie Beatriz spoke about her greatest ever LEGO creation. “This scar on my forehead,” she said, triumphantly. “That’s a scar from tripping over a masterpiece I had built in my bedroom when I was a kid and I refused to tear it down.”
Elizabeth Banks, the actor who voices Wyldstyle, talked about voicing the character and her experience with LEGO bricks. “I wish I was much more like her, she is sassy and she is real great at building things. My LEGO story is my dog ate a LEGO when I was little, then we had to take him to the hospital and there was whole going through his poo situation.”
Poo aside, Lord had the best, worst joke of the panel. With his creative collaborator having broken his wrist, Miller was wearing a cast that had been decorated with infinity stones to imitate Thanos’s gauntlet. “This film has two amazing casts,” Lord quipped.
San Diego Comic Con runs from July 19 to 22.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part will be released in February 2019.