It’s only been out for one weekend, but you’ve probably — like most of the world — seen “The LEGO Movie” multiple times. But did you catch all the Easter Eggs and plot points that zip by during the non-stop speedy dialogue and action? Here are some of our favorite blink-and-you-miss-it moments. And spoilers on, of course:
“Eight And A Half Years Later”
Right at the top of the movie, after Lord Business (Will Ferrell) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) battle for possession of the all-powerful Kragle, we cut to a title screen that says, “Eight And A Half Years Later.” While this is a nice preview of the running “very specific time frame” joke throughout the movie, it’s also way more important to the plot.
That’s because Finn (Jadon Sand), the kid who ultimately turns out to be playing with the LEGOs in the movie is eight and a half years old. So though it’s never explicitly stated, when Finn was born, The Man Upstairs locked his toys away, separated the worlds and made sure that his son would never play with them. Given the poignant ending, this is yet another beautiful, emotional detail that adds to the richness of the film.
Gone In A Flash
Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman all get their time to shine in the movie, but there is one other DC Comics superhero gets his big screen debut. That would be the Flash, seen during Metal Beard’s flashback to the Master Builders’ initial assault on Lord Business’ stronghold. He doesn’t get any lines, so hopefully we’ll get to see more of the speedster in the sequel.
Everything Is Western
When Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Emmet (Chris Pratt) visit The Old West, you can hear a plinky, olde timey Western version of “Everything Is Awesome” playing in the bar. That’s adorable, partner.
One of the biggest cameos in the movie has to be when the Millennium Falcon shows up unexpectedly next to our heroes’ pirate ship. Though they weren’t able to get Harrison Ford back as Han Solo (he’s voiced by Keith Ferguson, who’s done various Ford characters on “Robot Chicken”), they did manage to snag Billy Dee Williams for Lando, and Anthony Daniels for C-3P0. It’s surprising that the Warner Brothers movie managed to get Disney’s talent, but the long relationship between LEGO and Lucasfilm makes the whole thing a little more understandable. And super freakin’ awesome.
21 Super Street
Another big screen reunion, Channing Tatum plays Superman and Jonah Hill plays Green Lantern, reprising their partnership from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s “21 Jump Street.” The team will once again reunite on “22 Jump Street,” though out of their superhero costumes.
The Bionicle Man
When Vitruvius runs down all the worlds Lord Business has tried to lock down, he mentions there’s a bunch we don’t care about. One that quickly flashes on screen is Bioncile, a LEGO line that ran from 2001-2010 with a deep, complicated back-story of its own. Though this may have been a joke at the expense of some of the brick-maker’s failed toys, it’s also an indication of places the story could go in the sequel.
What’s With All The Croissants?
One of the more knowing jokes in the movie finds Emmet’s “friends” talking about what makes them all different, which includes eating croissants, and loving turkey drumsticks. The reason behind this is that LEGO has a few generic foods that fit right into mini-figs hands. Croissants actually show up in over 30 different LEGO sets, while turkey drumsticks are in well over 50. Probably the only item more popular is carrots, which show up over 60 times.
Robinov’s In Disguise
Here’s one we actually missed, but according to Deadline there’s a shout-out to Jeffrey Robinov. The legendary studio head was working at Warner Brothers and greenlit “The LEGO Movie,” before abruptly leaving the company. Perhaps he’s mentioned on one of the many, many billboards in Brickington at the beginning of the movie? We’ll just have to go watch the movie a few more times to find out…
“The LEGO Movie” is currently in theaters.