Sometimes I need to be reminded that I pay way too much attention to the movies coming out in theaters. As we left a recent family screening of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s amazing The LEGO Movie (which finally opens in theaters everywhere), I joked to my wife about the voices of a couple of superheroes in the film, and the meta nod it made to Lord and Miller’s Jump Street reboot. As it turns out, she didn’t recognize either of the voices, so the joke kind of flew right over her head.
Part of the fun of an animated movie – particularly one stuffed to the gills with major characters – is trying to place the celebrity voice who’s supporting a cartoon character on screen. Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to LEGO Movie marketing knows that Chris Pratt of Parks and Rec voices Emmet, the main LEGO man in the movie. Will Arnett’s obviously the gravel-voiced Batman, and Will Ferrell voices Lord Business. But which other pop-culture staples can be heard throughout The LEGO Movie?
If you don’t want to be spoiled on a few of the surprises waiting for you in LEGO, bookmark this feature and come back after you’ve enjoyed the film. However, if you want to impress your family by pointing out these bits of vocal trivia, dig right in!
Bad Cop/Good Cop
There’s a point late in The LEGO Movie when the schizophrenic Good Cop/Bad Cop stats singing "Danny Boy," which should be a dead giveaway that this ruthless enforcer for Lord Business is played by Ireland’s own, Liam Neeson. Because his LEGO role demands that he fluctuate between sweetness and evil as he wrestles with his inner demons, Neeson’s allowed to channel his inner Oskar Schindler, as well as his Ra’s al Ghul. Just don’t show either of those films to your children as a LEGO Movie follow up. Not until they are much older.
So much for Marvel loyalty. Wonder Woman, in The LEGO Movie, is voiced by the lovely Cobie Smulders… who many of you might know as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill from the Avengers movie and Marvel’s own Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show (where she occasionally appears). She also has a recognizable voice because millions tune in to her weekly sitcom How I Met Your Mother, where she plays Robin. So while Gal Gadot of the Fast & Furious franchise is actually schedule to step into Wonder Woman’s invisible jet for Zack Snyder’s pending Batman-Superman movie, Smulders gets the nod from Lord and Miller. Let’s hope that doesn’t create a rift over at Marvel as they gear up for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Former Los Angeles Laker great Shaquille O’Neal earns the distinct pleasure of being the only person in The LEGO Movie who voices himself. That’s how famous Shaq is. There’s an actual LEGO of him, in a Lakers jersey, and Lord and Miller put him in the film. This isn’t the best photo of him, and he appears to be holding a pizza (for reasons I can’t remember… there’s a lot of stuff happening on screen in this movie!) But when you hear LEGO Shaq speak, it isn’t someone doing an impersonation. It’s the real deal.
Move over, Henry Cavill. When Lord and Miller needed an actor to lend his voice to the Man of Steel, they chose none other than… Magic Mike? Sure, Channing Tatum probably ranks as a superhero in the eyes of several female readers. But there’s a deeper connection going on with this casting. Tatum, of course, plays Jenko in both Jump Street movies, which were directed by LEGO helmers Lord and Miller. So this team is quickly becoming the Scorsese-DeNiro of absurd-humor movies. It also helps explain our next voice casting.
There’s a funny "bromance" undercutting the scenes between Superman and Green Lantern in The LEGO Movie, which will make more sense once you realize that Lantern, in this film, is played by Jonah Hill. Yes, Tatum’s Jump Street partner also tries to be Superman’s bestie on screen here. And if these jokes are your cup of tea, you might as well get in line for 22 Jump Street, which has Hill and Tatum heading to college for more crime-fighting shenanigans.
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I saw this movie yesterday and I loved it, now I can't stop listening Batman's theme. DARKNESS. NO PARENTS.