|The Lego Chima Movie|
|Directed by||Dean BeBlois|
|Produced by||Ron Howard|
|Written by||Ethan Reiff|
|Based on||Lego Construction Toys|
and Lego Legends of
Spencer Treat Clark
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Edited by||Darren T. Holmes|
Lego System A/S
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date||October 18, 2024|
(United Kingdom and
November 1, 2024
(United States and
|Running time||114 minutes|
|Box office||$888 million|
The Lego Chima Movie is a 2024 computer-animated science fiction comedy drama fantasy film produced by Imagine Entertainment, Lego System A/S, and Animal Logic and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who also wrote the film with Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris. It is the second spin-off to 2022's The Lego Worlds Movie and the overall fourth installment. Based on Lego's Legends of Chima toy line, the film stars an ensemble voice cast consisting of Ben Schwartz, Dakota Fanning, Billy Eichner, Mark Ruffalo, Ian McKellen, Spencer Treat Clark, Ben Foster, Tony Hale, Lakeith Stanfield, Jennifer Garner, Iain Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, Hugo Weaving, and Val Kilmer.
The Lego Chima Movie was theatrically released in the United States on November 1, 2024 by Universal Pictures. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, it was positively received by audiences and grossed over $888 million worldwide against its $175 million budget, breaking several box office records including becoming one of the year's most profitable releases, the highest-grossing Lego film, and Imagine Entertainment's highest-grossing film.
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.
- Ben Schwartz as Laval
- Dakota Fanning as Eris
- Billy Eichner as Cragger
- Spencer Treat Clark as Worriz
- Tony Hale as Razar
- Lakeith Stanfield as Rogon
- Ben Foster as Gorzan
- Ian McKellen as Fluminox
- Mark Ruffalo as Sir Fangar
- Sylvester McCoy as Tormak
- Jennifer Garner as Li'Ella
- Hugo Weaving as Lagravis
- Iain Armitage as Flinx
- Val Kilmer as Lavertus (A.K.A ShadoWind)
- Nick Frost as Bladvic
- Michael Beattie as Skinnet and Bezar
- Clint Howard as Vardy
- Ed Begley Jr. as Icebite
- Laura Dern as Maula
- Ike Barinholtz as Motrott
- Nick Kroll as Mungus
Additionally, Skinnet the Skunk, Fertie the Fox, Dom de la Whoosh the Peacock, more Ice Hunters, Tiger, Phoenix, and Additional Lions, Crocodiles, Eagles, Wolves, Gorilla, Ravens, Rhinos, and Bears appear, all credited as "Additional Voices". Non speaking characters include the Legend Beasts, the Golden Duck, and the Great Beast. The Golden Duck's quacks were all provided by Frank Welker who was not credited in the film.
The Lego Chima Movie opened in theaters on November 1, 2024 and grossed $175 million in its opening weekend. It ended its theatrical run on January 30, 2025, having grossed $345 million in North America and $543 internationally, for a worldwide total of $888 million finishing ahead of Winter Wonderland. Produced on a $175 million budget, the film was a commercial success.
The Lego Chima received mixed reviews from critics. On the website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 52% approval rating based on 193 reviews. The consensus reads, "Despite its lack of originality and rather convoluted plot, The Lego Chima Movie has action scenes with enough momentum to make a passible diversion for much younger viewers". On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 57 out of 100 based on 40 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a "A" grade on an A+ to F scale.