Legoland Florida Resort welcomed celebrities, media and VIP guests to a gala event last night for the world premier of “The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure.”
The resort built for kids delivered an appropriately kid-centric premiere filled with fun. Celebrities including young stars of hit television shows, rising pop singers and social media sensations strolled an interactive special effects-filled red carpet before entering the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater to celebrate the return of Emmet, Wyldstyle, MetalBeard, Benny and Unikitty.
In 2014, kids around the world embraced the adventures of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world in “The Lego Movie,” which went on to gross more than $400 million worldwide. But what happened after the movie? Fans can find out now that “The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure” has officially opened at Legoland Florida Resort.
Returning to voice their iconic characters are actors Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty). Actor, writer and comedian Patton Oswalt voices the scheming Risky Business, brother of movie villain, President Business, a new character created exclusively for the attraction.
Set after the events of the movie, the 12 ½-minute story finds the gang entangled in an Evil Secret Plot involving a mysterious theme park inspired by their adventures in “The Lego Movie.”
“The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure” was directed by Rob Schrab, who is making his feature film directorial debut with “The Lego Movie Sequel,” set to open May 18, 2018. When it came to designing the attraction, he said a strong story was critical to its success.
“We only spotlight them for a fraction of the amount of time,” he said, “so it’s important to get to the fun as soon as possible. This is the first time Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang meet since the film.”
Developed in collaboration with Legoland owner Merlin Entertainments Group and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the attraction was created by Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios with input from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writer-directors who brought “The Lego Movie” to life, along with producer Dan Lin.
The result is a clever blend of the same sly humor and built-with-Lego visuals that made the first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego film a global hit among kids and adults alike.
For Offerman, the opportunity to slip back into MetalBeard’s shoes – er, bricks – was a welcome one. “I have worked with Rob on ‘Childrens Hospital’ and ‘Parks and Recreation,’ so it was like a nice reunion of old pals from summer camp,” he said of making the attraction. “We just tried to make each other laugh with silly renderings of dead-serious pirate-y mayhem.”
Following its debut in Florida, “The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure” will open Feb. 6 at Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., and at all other Legoland theme parks and Legoland Discovery Centers worldwide in 2016.