The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a 2019 computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by the Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Mike Mitchell, it is a sequel to The Lego Movie (2014), the fourth film in the franchise following the releases of 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie. The film stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Will Ferrell reprising their roles from the previous film, while new cast members include Stephanie Beatriz, Tiffany Haddish, and Maya Rudolph. In the film, Emmet Brickowski attempts to rescue his friends from the Systar System, while dealing with a coming cataclysm known as “Armamageddon”.
Plans for a sequel began in 2014 and was announced to be in the works on February 3, 2014. It was announced a few months later that the film was being directed by Chris McKay while Phil Lord and Christopher Miller remained as writers and producers. The film since underwent many changes, such as rewrites, directors, and release dates.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was released in the United States and United Kingdom on February 8, 2019, in 3D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, IMAX 3D, and 4DX formats. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who commended its humor, animation, soundtrack, and voice acting, although some said it was not as “fresh” as the first film. Despite grossing $192 million worldwide against a budget of $99 million, the film became the franchise’s second box office disappointment after The Lego Ninjago Movie. As a result of this, Warner Bros. sold the film rights of The Lego Movie franchise to Universal Pictures,which was later set for a five-year deal
Shortly after the invasion led by Lord Business in which Emmet destroys the Kragle using the Piece of Resistance, Duplo aliens arrive in the Lego universe and threaten destruction.Emmet builds the aliens a heart as a token of friendship, but one eats it and demands more. Lucy and the Master Builders believe this is an attack and retaliate, and the ensuing battle ravages Bricksburg. During the insanity, President Business builds a golf cart and abandons the group to play golf.
Five years later, the teenaged Finn has rebuilt Bricksburg as “Apocalypseburg”. Within the Lego universe, they have been ravaged by repeated Duplo attacks, and several of their friends have gone missing in a search for the Duplo home planet. Emmet remains upbeat in stark contrast to Lucy and his friends, though he is troubled by visions of an imminent disaster he calls “armamageddon”. A mini-doll called General Sweet Mayhem arrives and kidnaps all of Emmet’s friends, taking them to the shape-shifting empress of the “Systar System”, Queen Watevera Wa’Nabi. Wa’Nabi who can seemingly brainwash Emmet’s friends into accepting the joy of her world, and convinces Batman to marry her as a way to unite the Lego and Duplo worlds, but Lucy alone remains highly skeptical of her endgame.
Back in Apocalypseburg, Emmet tries to convince the Master Builders to help him save Lucy and the rest of his friends, but they refuse to help, believing that he isn’t tough enough to go through the Systar System. Emmet subsequently crafts a spaceship to pursue Mayhem by passing through the “Stairgate”. The ship is heavily damaged and nearly collides with an asteroid field, but is saved in time by rugged adventurer Rex Dangervest. After hearing Emmet’s story, Rex offers to help and takes them to the Systar System, and en route, Emmet tries to emulate some of Rex’s mannerisms in an attempt to be tough. When they arrive, they quickly reunite with Lucy and learn of the marriage plans, which Rex insists must be a front to bring on “armamageddon”.
As the wedding starts, Emmet, Rex, and Lucy split up to sabotage the event. However, Lucy is intercepted by Mayhem, who insists the wedding is instead supposed to prevent “armamageddon”. At the ceremony, Wa’Nabi reveals her true form: the heart that Emmet tried to give the Duplo invaders five years prior. Realizing that Mayhem is right, Lucy tries to stop Emmet, but Emmet, who now truly believes she is brainwashed, refuses, and destroys the wedding. In reality, Finn, after finding that his younger sister Bianca had taken his Lego figures, has smashed her own creations. Emmet realizes his mistake, but is seized by Rex, who reveals he is a version of Emmet from the future. Rex had collided with the asteroids, and ended up under the dryer, forgotten by Finn.
To ensure his future existence, he changed his appearance and created a time-travel machine to return to help Emmet but to make sure “armamageddon” came to pass. When Emmet tries to fight back, Rex knocks him under the same dryer, ensuring that he would continue to exist. In the real world, Finn and Bianca’s mother, fed up with the kids’ bickering, orders them to put the Lego toys into the storage bin; Lucy recognizes this as Emmet’s “armamageddon” (as in “our mama gets in”). Both the Lego and Duplo figures are put into the “Bin of Storajj” and fear they will not escape.
While every Lego and Duplo figure sings about the awful situation they are now, Lucy, who refused to give up, sings to encourage everyone not to give up too. Finn hears the song from the Bin and opens it and sees Wa’Nabi in pieces, thinking of the day he gave the heart to Bianca when they were young. Finn rebuilds the heart, reconciles with her and start playing together. In the Lego universe, Lucy and the others escape the Bin and help rebuild both Apocalypseburg and Wa’Nabi’s world and they took off to save Emmet and stop Rex. Emmet tries to fight back, only for Rex to break Emmet in half. Lucy arrives and saves Emmet and defeats Rex and destroys his time machine. Emmet vows that he will never become over-tough like Rex, and with this self-realization, a remorseful Rex is erased from existence, correcting a time paradox in reality.
Finn and Bianca’s mother sees them playing together, and has a change of heart. The Lego universe is recreated as a mish-mash of the newly made Bricksburg and the Systar System, renamed “Syspocalypstar”. President Business returns to congratulate Emmet and Lucy on their hard work, but his hair is set on fire by Benny and causes him to run into a Fireworks store, where he is blown away. Emmet’s home is rebuilt, and the film ends with Lucy making Emmet a gift of the original album of “Everything Is Awesome”, revealing that she co-originated the song, causing Emmet and Unikitty to gasp in shock and excitement.
- Chris Pratt as:
- Emmet Brickowski, an everyman, construction worker, and a Master Builder from Bricksburg.
- Rex Dangervest, a self-declared “galaxy-defender, archaeologist, cowboy, and raptor trainer.” He is eventually revealed to be Emmet’s future self. His character is based on Pratt’s most famous roles.
- Elizabeth Banks as Lucy / Wyldstyle, a Master Builder and Emmet’s girlfriend.
- Will Arnett as Batman, a DC Comics superhero who is a Master Builder.
- Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, the shape-shifting alien queen of the Systar System that was made by Emmet as a heart. Her name is a pun on the phrase “whatever I want to be”, itself a descriptor of her shape-shifting abilities, which are displayed when she changes into multiple forms throughout the movie.
- Stephanie Beatriz as General Sweet Mayhem, an intergalactic mini-doll who serves as the intergalactic naval commander and law enforcer of the Systar System Armed Forces. She is the right-hand woman to Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi.
- Charlie Day as Benny, a Master Builder who is a spaceship-obsessed 1980s spaceman. In contrast to the previous movie, he has a metallic arm.
- Alison Brie as Unikitty, a Master Builder who is a unicorn-horned cat. In this film, instead of turning red when angry, she is red right from the outset. Over the years since the first film, she has developed the ability to become a giant version of herself called “Ultrakatty” when combat is about to occur.
- Nick Offerman as MetalBeard, a Master Builder who is a large bionic pirate with a severed head after he lost his original body in an earlier encounter with Lord Business’ forces.
- Jadon Sand as Finn, a young teenager in the real world, whose imagination drives the events happening in the Lego universe.
- Brooklynn Prince as Bianca, Finn’s younger sister, who is the reason why the aliens from the planet Duplo attacked Bricksburg.
- Maya Rudolph as Mom, the unnamed mother of Finn and Bianca. She is the force in the real world that brings about “Armamageddon” (“Our mama gets in”). She was previously voiced by Amanda Farinos in the first film.
- Will Ferrell as:
- President Business, the former President of the Octan corporation and the Lego World, who served as the main antagonist of the first film.
- The Man Upstairs, a Lego collector who is Finn and Bianca’s father. Outside of re-used footage from the first film, Ferrell does not appear on-screen in this role, performing only in a off-screen voiceover.
- Richard Ayoade as “Ice Cream Cone”, a talking ice cream cone and citizen of the Systar System who serves as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi’s aide.
- Channing Tatum as Superman, a DC Comics superhero, and one of the Master Builders.
- Jonah Hill as Green Lantern, a DC Comics superhero, and one of the Master Builders.
- Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman, a DC Comics superhero who is an ambassador of the Amazon people as well as a Master Builder.
- Jason Momoa as Aquaman, a DC Comics superhero who is the king of Atlantis and is also a Master Builder. Momoa reprises his role from the DC Extended Universe.
- Margot Rubin as:
- Harley Quinn, a Gotham City criminal, girlfriend to The Joker and Master Builder. She was previously voiced by Jenny Slate in The Lego Batman Movie.
- Susan, a mini-doll, and one of Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi’s servants.
- Mermaid, an inhabitant of Apocalypseburg.
- Wonder Woman mini-doll, an inhabitant of Harmony Town.
- Panda, a panda-masked inhabitant of Apocalypseburg.
- Ike Barinholtz as Lex Luthor, a DC Comics villain, Master Builder and arch-enemy of Superman. Strangely, he and the Man of Steel have somehow become best friends after being brain-washed by the Queen.
- Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, a DC Comics character and Master Builder who is Batman’s loyal Butler.
- Will Forte as Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States and a Master Builder. Forte previously voiced Lincoln in The Lego Movie.
- Bruce Willis as himself, a Lego caricature of the actor who appears in several scenes, including a running joke alluding to his character John McClane from Die Hard.
- Ben Schwartz as Banarnar, a sentient banana peel who is a citizen and the perpetual jester of the Systar System.
- Jimmy O. Yang as Zebe, a lavender and black zebra who is a citizen and the bus driver of the Systar System.
- Noel Fielding as Balthazar, a sparkly-faced teenage vampire, spa expert, and DJ from the planet Sparkle in the Systar System describing himself as an “attractive and non-threatening teen vampire.” He is a nod to Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga.
- Jorma Taccone as Larry Poppins, a male counterpart of Mary Poppins.
- Gary Payton as Himself, a Lego caricature of the basketball player who Emmet encounters in Apocalypseburg.
- Sheryl Swoopes as Herself, a Lego caricature of the basketball player who Emmet encounters in Apocalypseburg.
- Trisha Gum as Velma Dinkley, a member of Mystery Inc. from the Scooby-Doo franchise.
- Todd Hansen as:
- Gandalf, a wizard from Middle-earth and a Master Builder. Hansen had voiced the same character in The Lego Movie.
- The Swamp Creature, a gill-man from Lego Monster Fighters and a Master Builder. He is also a recurring character from The Lego Movie.
- Doug Nicholas as Chainsaw Dave, a citizen of Apocalypseburg who was formerly known as Surfer Dave.
- Mike Mitchell as:
- Sherry Scratchen-Post, a cat lady who is a citizen of Apocalypseburg.
- A royal guard that works for Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi.
- “Eight”, an octopus who does massages and works at the spa in the Palace of Infinite Reflection.
- A Harmony Town citizen
- An announcer who announces the guests on the bride and groom’s side
- An Apocalypseburg warrior.
- Christopher Miller as:
- Chad, a citizen of the Systar System who is the DJ of the Pop-Up Party Bus under the stage name Tempo.
- A horse
- A talking chocolate bar that resides in the Systar System.
- Plantimals, plant-like creatures in the Systar System that live in the jungles near Harmony Town.
- Paper Boy, a resident of Harmony Town.
- Emily Nordwind as Cleopatra, an Egyptian queen and Master Builder.
- Chris McKay as “Larry”, a barista that works in Apocalypseburg.
- Ralph Halprin as “Dolphin Clock,” an orbiting clock in the Systar System that is based on Bianca’s actual clock.
Additionally, the characters of Bad Cop / Good Cop (now known as Scribble Cop) and Vitruvius’ ghost return, but they have only brief lines of dialogue and are voiced by uncredited actors.