“The Lego Movie” came out of nowhere to become one of the best-animated films of the last decade. Phil Lord and Chris Miller make magic happen on screen. They prove that you can make a fantastic movie based on a toy property.

As I write this, I imagine looking directly into the eyes of Michael Bay.

Though, not directing the second film, Miller and Lord are hands-on Executive Producers and Writers. Miller had this to say about the sequel:

Everything Is Awesome

To wrap your head around the idea of making a movie about a set of blocks takes a lot of skill and imagination. This is the fourth installment in the “Lego” movie franchise since 2014. I’d say the folks at WB Animation have some clues about what they’re doing.

Chris Pratt’s Emmet was perfect as the “everyman” trying to fit in and run from his destiny. Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle is the ideal, take no nonsense foil to Emmet. Their dynamic made the first movie sing, and Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty and Batman are all back for the second movie in the series.

No matter how amazing these characters were in the first film, however, it was Will Arnette’s Batman that stood out the most. His hyper-realized take on the character, along with many flaws, made him hilarious to watch.

Side note — Lego Batman is the best Batman movie ever made. Do not @ me. It digs into the mythos of the hero in ways that Zack Snyder will never understand and makes him relatable. The trope of the “Robin” side-kick is given the father-son dynamic it was always supposed to have, and their banter makes you laugh uncontrollably. “The Dark Knight” is the second.

The Second Part

In the trailer, we’re dropped into a “Mad Max” type scenario, and nothing seems awesome. Since Taco Tuesday, the world has gone to pot and is now full of sewer babies. Emmet has kept his optimistic outlook through all the tough bits, but that changes when an alien kidnaps Wyldstyle and the crew. Emmet has to find it within himself to save his friends and make everything a little more awesome.

We’ll see if he can save his friends on Feb. 18, 2019.