Exclusive sneak peek: ‘Master’ introduces Jackie Chan from Lego’s ‘Ninjago’

By September 9, 2016Press Room

Jackie Chan’s Master Wu looks formidable in his first screen battle for the animated The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short.

But is Master Wu tough enough to take on a chicken? As Wu himself says in this exclusive clip: “It’s so on.”

Short film The Master, playing before the animatedStorks (in theaters Sept. 23), serves as a fighting introduction to the martial-arts prowess of Lego hero Master Wu. The character will be showcased next year as the wise (and wisecracking) leader of an all-Lego ninja crew in The Lego Ninjago Movie (Sept. 22, 2017).

But the destruction of a temple in The Master reveals that the kung fu champion has met his match in a pesky plastic chicken clucked by Abbi Jacobson, who also will voice ninja Nya in Ninjago. (Justin Theroux, who voices Ninjago‘s villain, Garmadon, narrates the short.)

Jackie Chan’s Master Wu looks formidable in his first screen battle for the animated The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short.

But is Master Wu tough enough to take on a chicken? As Wu himself says in this exclusive clip: “It’s so on.”

Short film The Master, playing before the animatedStorks (in theaters Sept. 23), serves as a fighting introduction to the martial-arts prowess of Lego hero Master Wu. The character will be showcased next year as the wise (and wisecracking) leader of an all-Lego ninja crew in The Lego Ninjago Movie (Sept. 22, 2017).

But the destruction of a temple in The Master reveals that the kung fu champion has met his match in a pesky plastic chicken clucked by Abbi Jacobson, who also will voice ninja Nya in Ninjago. (Justin Theroux, who voices Ninjago‘s villain, Garmadon, narrates the short.)

Saunders says the film required Jacobson, star of Comedy Central’s Broad City, to cluck emphatically through emotional chicken scenes.

“Abbi put up with absurd directions such as ‘Bock like a chicken running through a field about to embrace a lover’ Or ‘Bock like a chicken as if your heart has been broken.’ Stuff like that,” says Saunders.

Even Chan, who will be awarded an honorary Oscar in November for his martial arts film career, had to do his share of conversational clucking. Chan and his Wu also deal with the humiliation of fowl beatings by a Lego chicken. Fortunately, “he’s a great sport,” says Saunders.

The Master slightly tweaks the traditional all-Lego-brick computer-graphic animation.  Saunders brought animated greenery into background hills and floating clouds “to introduce the idea you’re now in the backyard playing with Legos.”

Master Wu’s beautiful all-Lego temple gets fully debricked in the name of fighting comedy.

“It’s control vs. chaos. Wu is this character very much in control of his entire world, almost obsessive-compulsive (about) maintaining perfect order,” says Saunders. “Chicken is free-flow and chaos. When Master Wu accepts that it’s OK his temple got ruined, that nothing is perfect, that’s when they come into harmony.”

 

Exclusive photos: 'Ninjago' star revealed in 'The Master' short. Warner Bros. Entertainmntt

Exclusive photos: 'Ninjago' star revealed in 'The Master' short. Warner Bros. Entertainmntt
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Exclusive photos: 'Ninjago' star revealed in 'The Master' short. Warner Bros. Entertainment

SOURCE: , USA TODAY6:17 p.m. EDT September 6, 2016



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