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The Lego Chima Movie
Directed by Dean BeBlois
Chris Sanders
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Frank Marshall
Written by Ethan Reiff
Cyrus Voris

Dean DuBlois
Chris Sanders
Based on Lego Construction Toys
and Lego Legends of
Chima
Starring Ben Schwartz
Billy Eichner
Dakota Fanning
Spencer Treat Clark
Daniel Kaluuya
Ike Barinholtz
Lakeith Stanfield
Hugo Weaving
Music by Henry Jackman
Edited by Darren T. Holmes
Julie Rogers
Production
companies
Lego System A/S
Amblin Entertainment
The Kennedy/Marshall
Company

Animal Logic
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date January 20, 2023
(United Kingdom,
United States and
(Australia)
Running time 114 minutes
Countries United States
Denmark
Australia
Language English
Budget $145 million
Box office $540 million


The Lego Chima Movie is a 2023 computer-animated science fiction comedy drama fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who also wrote the film with Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris. It is the first spin-off to 2022's The Lego Worlds Movie, the first installment in the Lego Chima film trilogy, and the overall second installment in the Lego Worlds franchise. Based on Lego's Legends of Chima toy line, the film stars the voices of Ben Schwartz, Billy Eichner, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Treat Clark, Daniel Kaluuya, Ike Barinholtz, Lakeith Stanfield, and Hugo Weaving. The film is set in the land of Chima, where a young crocodile prince named Cragger loses his parents and becomes the king of his Tribe, while his former best friend Laval the lion becomes his worst enemy.

The Lego Chima Movie was theatrically released in the United States on January 20, 2023 by Universal Pictures. The film was a box office success, earning $540 million worldwide against a $145 million budget, and received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, who praised the action scenes, visual style, animation, voice acting, and faithfulness to the source material, but criticized its pacing and perceived lack of originality. The film was followed by two sequels, The Lego Chima Movie 2 and The Lego Chima Movie 3, which were released on September 6, 2024, and July 25, 2025.

Plot

Sir Fangar and the Hunters attack the Phoenix Tribe. Their leader, Fluminox, intercepts Sir Fangar, who swears revenge. One day, Laval and his friends: Cragger the Crocodile, Eris the Eagle, Worriz the Wolf, Gorzan the Gorilla, Razar the Raven, Rogon the Rhino, and Bladvic the Bear have a Chi day race on their Speedorz, which is won by Lavertus, who is also known as ShadoWind. When the hunters arrive, they defend Chima in a battle that ends with Sir Fangar mentioning magic Chi beans and kidnapping Worriz, Gorzan, Razar, Rogon, Bladvic, and Li'Ella (whom Laval has a crush on).

Intrigued, Laval, Cragger, and Eris question Fluminox, his son Flinx, and his friend Tormak the Tiger, who explain the beans are believed to lead to a deceased giant's castle, which holds valuable Silver Chi. Sir Fangar plans to steal the silver chi and use it to turn Chima into a frozen wasteland. Laval returns to his home in the Lion Temple, where his father Lagravis, reveals to Laval that there are dangers in the castle, including the Great Beast, which is said to be the monster that guards the silver chi and its owner, the mysterious Golden Duck. The next day, Laval, Cragger, and Eris resolve to rescue their friends and save Chima.

They steal the Chi Beans from the Saber, Mammoth, Vulture, and Ice Bear Tribes and plant them in the Outlands. The trio rides the growing chi tree into the clouds to find an isolated fortress once owned by a deceased giant, while avoiding the Great Beast. When they realize the silver chi orbs are just rocks that are too heavy to carry, they steal the Duck, which is just a duckling, and escape the fortress. While celebrating their victory, the group is ambushed by Sir Fangar, who kidnaps Eris, Cragger, and the Duck and knocks Laval unconscious.

Laval wakes up to learn from Lavertus that the Great Beast is the Duck's mother and will stop at nothing to get her child back. Realizing Sir Fangar tricked him the whole time, Laval goes searching for his friends and sees Sir Fangar threatening to freeze Li'Ella if Laval does not show up by dawn. Laval is intercepted by Mungus the mammoth, who is distracted by Rongo, who escaped while unseen by Sir Fangar. Laval has the Rhinos play with the Mammoths to keep them busy while he frees the rest of his friends. The Phoenix and Tigers arrive in their vehicles and give the heroes a ride back to Mount Cavora.

However, they arrive too late as the mother duck attacks Chima in search of the baby, While the Legend Beasts lure the Hunters to the Gorge of Eternal Depth, Laval reunites the baby duck with the mama duck. Outraged, Sir Fangar abducts Laval and begins to freeze him, but Cragger, Eris, Worriz, Gorzan, Razar, Rogon, Bladvic, Li'Ella, Lagravis, Lavertus, and the Phoenix Tribe use their fire chi to empower him. Laval harnesses the fire chi to overpower Sir Fangar, who is subdued by the mother duck and banished to the Gorge of Eternal Depth along the other Hunters. The mother duck thanks Laval for returning her child, and the ducks fly back to the fortress. The citizens of Chima praise Laval for his heroism, and Fluminox rewards Laval, Cragger, Eris, Worriz, Gorzan, Razar, Rogon, and Razar with Fire Wing Harnesses. Laval and his friends race across Chima on their Speedorz as the film ends.

Cast

  • Ben Schwartz as Laval
  • Billy Eichner as Cragger
  • Dakota Fanning as Eris
  • Spencer Treat Clark as Worriz
  • Daniel Kaluuya as Gorzan
  • Ike Barinholtz as Razar
  • Lakeith Stanfield as Rogon
  • Hugo Weaving as Lagravis
  • Anna Friel as Crooler
  • Ed Begley Jr. as King Crominus
  • Kim Basinger as Queen Crunket
  • Nick Frost as Bladvic
  • Michael Beattie as Skinnet and Bezar

Reception

Box office

The Lego Chima Movie opened in theaters on January 20, 2023 and grossed $261 million in its opening weekend. It ended its theatrical run on June 29, 2023, having grossed $256 million in North America and $284 internationally, for a worldwide total of $540 million. Produced on a $145 million budget, the film was a commercial success.

Critical response

The Lego Chima Movie received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics. On the website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 63% approval rating based on 193 reviews. The consensus reads, "Although its screenplay is predictable and lacks originality, The Lego Chima Movie has moments of visually stunning sci-fic action and skillful animation". On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 60 out of 100 based on 45 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a "A" grade on an A+ to F scale.

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