Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is a TV series released in 2011. The first two episodes were aired in the US on Cartoon Network, in Germany on SuperRTL and in Finland on Nelonen.
The show is about the popular theme, Ninjago. Five ninja — Lloyd, Kai, Zane, Cole, and Jay — must protect the land from evil forces such as the Skulkin army, the Serpentine, the Stone Army and Nindroids, with the help of Sensei Wu and Kai's sister, Nya. The pilot episodes was split into two parts, Way of the Ninja and King of Shadows. When it was released on DVD it became four episodes ("Way of the Ninja", "The Golden Weapon", "King of Shadows", and "Weapons of Destiny"). The theme song is "The Weekend Whip" by the band The Fold. The Fold has also done Born to be a Ninja and Ninja Go!. Season One had 13 episodes, and followed the Ninjas' quest to stop the evil Serpentine. The second season continued with the ninja training the Green Ninja to defeat Lord Garmadon once and for all. Music and sounds are done by Jay Vincent, Michael Kramer, and JAM Music and Effects.
Pilot Episodes (4 episodes) of the show feature an ageing ninja master, Sensei Wu, struggling to train four young Ninja in the ways of an ancient battle art called Spinjitzu to defeat his evil brother Lord Garmadon, ruler of the underworld, and stop him from gaining The Four Golden Weapons, which would make his power limitless.
Season One (13 episodes) The first part focuses on Garmadon's young son, Lloyd Garmadon, who has released an ancient evil: an army of snakes called the Serpentine. The four Ninja must stop them from uniting to unleash The Great Devourer, a large snake with the power to consume all of Ninjago and a bite that can turn victims evil. Also, the Serpentine hold Lloyd as a hostage, and Lord Garmadon has agreed to aid the Ninja in rescuing Lloyd and stopping the Serpentine.
Season Two (13 episodes) features the Ninja training Lloyd to become the chosen one destined to defeat Lord Garmadon. Meanwhile, the Dark Lord forms an alliance with the Serpentine and, with the Golden Weapons in his possession, attempts to prevent his son from fulfilling his destiny. In the meantime, several forces of evil are unleashed such as ancient pirates of the Destiny's Bounty and the formidable "Stone Army", from which the Ninja must protect Ninjago from becoming plundered.
Season Three (8 episodes) featured the aftermath of the final battle and the return of the Overlord, with the defeat of Lord Garmadon—whom has been fully cured of his evil—and the Ninja and Lloyd at their strongest. However, Cyrus Borg an amazing inventor who created The New Ninjago City makes Nindroids based on Zane whom the Ninja must fight to save the city.
Season Four (10 episodes) features the Ninja recovering from the loss of Zane and being invited to Master Chen's tournament of elements where only one can remain. They are introduced to other elemental masters and soon discover that Chen intends to use their elemental powers for a spell that can turn his minions into Anacondrai. When Chen succeeds in turning all of his soldiers into Anacondrai, and journey to mainland Ninjago, the ninja and there elemental master allies, must follow.
It is often said that the pilot episodes and Mini-Movies are the series' first season. The original first and second seasons were considered there seasons two and three on Xfinity TV guides. However, this has recently been changed to the original numbers.
- Brent Miller – Zane
- Brian Drummond – Kruncha/Nuckal
- Kelly Metzger – Nya
- Kirby Morrow – Cole
- Mark Oliver – Lord Garmadon
- Michael Adamthwaite – Jay/Mailman
- Michael Dobson – Wyplash
- Michael Kopsa – Samukai
- Paul Dobson – Sensei Wu
- Trevor Devail – Krazi/Skeletons
- Vincent Tong – Kai
- Brent Miller – Fangpyre Soldier ("Day of the Great Devourer")/Hypnobrai Soldier ("The Snake King"/"The Royal Blacksmiths")/Tour Guide/Judge #3/Juggernaut
- Colin Murdock – Ed Walker
- Ian James Corlett – Child/Skales/Snake Arbiter ("All of Nothing")/Snake Arbiter ("Home")
- Kelly Metzger – Fan Obsessed Girl 1/Mother/Dark Samurai ("The Snake King")
- Kirby Morrow – Constrictai Soldier ("The Snake King")/Constrictai Soldier ("Can of Worms"/"All of Nothing")/Lou/Frightened Venomari/Waitress
- Mackenzie Grey – Fangpyre General/Old Women ("Tick Tock")
- Mark Oliver – Old Women ("Day of the Great Devourer)/Young Garmadon/Zane's Father
- Michael Adamthwalte - Fangpyre Soldier ("Can of Worms/"The Snake King")/Judge #2/Hypnobrai Gaurd/Passing Parkgoer/Subway Controller #2/Venomari/Young Boy
- Michael Dobson – Announcer/Crunch/Dark Samurai ("Can of Worms")/Pythor/Delivery Guy
- Paul Dobson – Falcon/Father/Loyal Hypnobrai/Store Owner/Venomari General/News Reporter
- Jillian Michaels – Edna Walker/Lloyd/Mom/Fan Obsessed Girl 2
- John Novak – Constrictai General/Hypnobrai General
- Vincent Tong – Constrictai Soldier (The Royal Blacksmiths)/Littlest Boy/Mailman (Can of Worms)/Muffled Judge/Subway Controller/Venomari Soldier (Day of the Great Devourer)
- Alan Marriot – Captain Soto/Color Commentator/Darreth/Phil/Stone Warrior
- Brent Miller – Bizzaro Zane/Customer/First Mate /Henchman/Passerby
- Cathy Weseluck – Patty Keys/Woman
- Colin Murdock – Announcer/Serpentine General
- Ian James Corlett – Constrictai Soldier/Constricai Digger
- Jillian Michaels – Fitz Donegan Nerd/Granny/Office Worker/Unrelenting Mother
- John Novak – Bank Boss
- Kathleen Barr – Misako/Bobble Head/Brad/Gene
- Kelly Sheridan – Gayle Gossip/Female Owner
- Kirby Morrow – Bizzaro Cole/Constrictai/General/Janitor/Jeff/Masked Thug/Onlooker
- Mackenzie Gray – Museum Curator
- Mark Oliver – Police Officer/Tinkerer
- Michael Adamthwaite – Bizzaro Jay/Guide Parrot/Police Officer #1/Skeleton/Subway Controller #2/Venomari/Warrior Scout #1
- Paul Dobson – Cameraman/Child/Contractor/General Kozu/Mother Doomsday/No Eyed Pete/Principal/Security System/Serpentine/Warrior Scout #3
- Scott McNeil – Overlord/Stone Warrior
- Vincent Tong – Bizzaro Kai/Cop/Mini Scout/Serpentine Soldier (Pirates vs Ninja)/Startooth/Serpentine Soldier (Double Trouble)/Subway Controller #1/Venomari Soldier/Warrior Scout #2
- Alan Marriot - Aquarium Host
- Alyssya Swales - Skales Jr.
- Brent Miller - Robotic Voice/Man/Rescue Member/Savage Resident/Robo Usher
- Jennifer Hayward - P.I.X.A.L./Checkout Girl
- Jillian Michaels - Selma/Sally/Fitz Donnegan
- Kathleen Barr - Marla/Perfect Match
- Kirby Morrow - Security Guard #2/Aquarium Guard/Nindroid Driver
- Lee Tockar - Cyrus Borg/Security Cam Voice/Security Guard #2/Student
- Mark Oliver - Zane's Father
- Michael Adamthwaite - Magician/Mindroid
- Paul Dobson - Calm Robotic Voice/Narrator/Nindroid Pilot
- Richard Newman - General Cryptor
- Scott McNeil – Digital Overlord/The Golden Master
- Vincent Tong - Tommy/Nindroid/Rescue Member #2/Computer/Computer Voice
- Alan Marriot - Guard #2
- Andrew Francis - Shadow
- Brent Miller - Anacondrai Guard #1/Guard/Ash
- Brian Dobson - Sumo Zumo
- Doron Bell Jr. - Turner
- Heather Doerksen - Skylor
- Ian James Corlett - Master Chen
- Ian Hanlan - Chope
- Jillian Michaels - Cathy/Kabuki Girl
- Kirby Morrow - Moglar/Gravis/Mini-robot/Mr. Pale
- Maryke Hendrikse - Camille
- Michael Adamthwaite - Lumberjack/Bolobo/Mech Speaker
- Michael Donovan - Eyezor
- Paul Dobson - Serpentine Announcer/Neuro/Jacob
- Scott McNeil – Clouse/Karlof/Guard #2/General Arcturus
- Vincent Tong - Thug/Guard #1/Hypnobrai/Restaurant Owner
- Caves of Despair
- Floating Ruins
- Frozen Wasteland
- Forest of Tranquillity
- Monastery of Spinjitzu
- Darkley's Boarding School For Bad Boys
- Fire Temple
- Glacier Barrens
- Hypnobrai Tomb
- Slither Pit
- Hypnobrai Tomb
- Jamanakai Village
- Mega Monster Amusement Park
- Monastery of Spinjitzu
- The Mountain of a Million Steps
- Constrictai Tomb
- Serpentine Gathering Room
- Constrictai Tomb
- Ninjago City
- Subway Station
- Town Square
- Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo
- Doomsday Comics
- Sea of Sand
- Birchwood Forest
- Crashcourse Canyon
- Toxic Bogs
- Venomari Tomb
- Wildwood Forest
- Fangpyre Tomb
- Lloyd Garmadon's Treehouse
- Chen's island
- The series is not broadcast in the UK due to it being based on a toy-series and not the other way round (toys based on a TV show).[source?]
- The only actual LEGO objects in the show are the minifigures and some of their clothes.
- In the sets, Kruncha has a monocle, a grey cloth, and grey helmet. However, in the series he is lacking the monocle, and now wears a red cloth and black helmet and has a cracked tooth.
- In the sets, Samukai has a black chest plate, but in the show, he has a brown one.
- The Floating Ruins appear to be Nunchucks of Lightning themselves. There are two round towers, (handle) and a chain linking them together. They even have lightning surrounding it.
- In the episode "The Golden Weapons", Nuckal loses a tooth biting a donut-shaped rock. However, when he is seen later inside the Caves of Despair, all of his teeth can be seen in perfect condition.
- In "King of Shadows", when the ninja fall down after they reached the Frozen Wastelands, if you look closely, Jay has his dragon suit on.
- In "King of Shadows", Chopo] can be seen banging Cole's drum in one shot. However, soon after Samukai says "To the Fire Temple!", the drum has disappeared.
- In "Weapons of Destiny", when the ninja are crossing into the Underworld, Cole has on his DX outfit on, but in one scene when they show Cole screaming, he has his original outfit on. Later, when they show him again, he is in is DX outfit again.
- In "Secrets of the Blacksmith", before Jay does Spinjitzu, he is in his first ninja suit, not his DX suit. However, in later versions of this movie, this error was corrected.
- Usually, when the ninja are in their DX outfits on, the designs are skin colored, whereas they are gold in the sets. However, in "Flight of the Dragon Ninja", they are gold.
- In "The New Masters of Spinjitzu" Mini-Movie, when Kai gets awoken, he is in his Ninja suit. But in earlier scenes of the movie, he was in his pajamas. Once Kruncha says 'I don't think this is going to work,' Kai is back in his pajamas.
- In "An Underworldly Takeover", when Garmadon puts on Samukai's helmet, it is the same helmet that he has in the 2012 sets. This happens again in "Never Trust a Snake". They might have taken the helmet from the pilot episodes away because otherwise he would have had the new helmet just after defeating Samukai and in the 2012 episodes of the series and the old helmet in between these time periods, which would be inconsistent.
- In "Weapons Of Destiny", when the ninja are falling off their dragons upon arriving at Underworld, if you look closely, Jay has his Nunchucks of Lightning and Cole has the Scythe of Quakes on their backs, despite the fact that that the weapons were in Samukai's possession at that time.
- In the same episode, after the ninja used the Tornado of Creation, the Ninja jump down the hole where Sensei Wu and Samukai were fighting, but before they jumped, if you look closely, Zane has golden shurikens instead of silver. They weren't the Shurikens of Ice, but they were glowing.
- In "Weapons of Destiny", when the Ninja were watching the fight between Sensei and Samukai, it is unknown how Jay could be eating cotton candy if he had his mask on.
- In the Season 1 DVD, In episode 12 "Rise of the Great Devourer", Pythor P. Chumsworth says to the driver "Oh, shut up and drive!" but when the episode is on TV, Pythor says "Quiet! Let's go boys!" instead.
- The Ninja's second suits in the series are called ZX in the sets, in the show they are simply called the new suits.
- In "Can of Worms", when Zane says, 'The Hypnobrai might screw the plan up,' he had Kai's voice.
- In one version of the episode , the video game the ninja are playing is LEGO Battles: Ninjago. In another, they are playing a video game that is really an edited version of a scene from the first season episode, "The Golden Weapon".
- Also, in Episode 1, "Rise of the Snakes", Zane whips but it is Cole's voice.
- In "Home", Zane is in the refrigerator talking to Kai, but in another version, he left a note in the refrigerator. Also, Kai has different dialogue in the two different scenes.
- Most of the Fangpyre vehicles are seen in the series, except the Fangpyre Mech.
- In the episode "Never Trust a Snake", Kruncha and Nuckal are seen tied up at Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys by Lloyd Garmadon and Pythor. Cole agrees to let them go if they leave Ninjago, "or else", but the two are seen three more times in the series.
- Students at the boarding school wear a uniform similar to the ones worn by students from Harry Potter, and the uniforms have a Skulkin symbol in the upper right.
- When the Monastery was burned down, Zane said, The training equipment, gone!, then Jay said, All our video games, GONE! However, the training equipment and video games where later seen aboard Destiny's Bounty. However, there were minor differences between the ones in the Monastery and aboard Destiny's Bounty, so it is possible that they were replaced.
- The game that Cole likes ("Sitar Legend") is a spoof of "Guitar Hero".
- In the episode "Tick Tock", Zane turns on his humor switch and starts singing an unusual song. The song he was singing could be identified as a real song from 1899.Hello! Ma Baby
- In the episode "Tick Tock", when the ninjas shout "NINJAGO!" to attack the Treehorns, Kai, Jay, and Cole do not have their golden weapons. However, when they stop spinning all the ninjas have their golden weapons.
- In "The Royal Blacksmiths", Kruncha and Nuckal are seen in the audience, even though in "Never trust a Snake" they are warned to stay out of Ninjago.
- In Episode 8, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", Nya is wearing her dating outfit. Later, she changes into her Samurai X outfit. But when she is stuck on the roller coaster, she has her original outfit on.
- The song "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" was parodied in Episode 9, "The Royal Blacksmiths", with the parody's title being "My Poison Lies Over the Ocean", a song The Treble Makers sing.
- In "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", on the roller coaster, Jay has a fancy suit on. Then after he unlocks his full potential he has on his ZX suit.
- In episode 13, half of Zane's face is destroyed by The Great Devourer, leaving his machinery visible. In a later scene, his face is back to normal, though missing an eyebrow. Later, his face's machinery is again visible.
- In the episode "The Green Ninja" Pythor tells two Bytars and a Chokun to go underground and stop the ninja, but when they come out, there are two Chokuns and a Bytar instead of two Bytars and a Chokun.
- In the episode "Royal Blacksmiths" Cole states the Ninjago Talent Competition was organized by Clutch Powers.
- Many times, Kai speaks with Cole's voice, and Cole sometimes speaks with Kai's voice.
- For example, in Snakebit, when Jay says to Nya that he has to go on a long walk to his parent's junkyard, Kai says "Of course we'll go, buddy!" with Cole's voice, then Cole says, "I could use a break," with Kai's voice.
- In "The Green Ninja", when Sensei Wu returns, he says, "Jay, did you say the Falcon was programmed?", but it was Zane who had originally said that this was the case.
- Ouroboros is named after an ancient snake symbol.
- In "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", the old man who tried to get in Jay's bathroom was seen in the ghost train among the people being sprayed by Venomari.
- In "Tick Tock", Sensei Wu said that the Great Devourer bit Lord Garmadon and made him evil. However, Sensei Wu was not turned evil when the Great Devourer ate him in Day of the Great Devourer. This is likely because the Devourer swallowed him whole.
- Starting in "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", the Serpentine start using weapons more often.
- In "Day of the Great Devourer", while Nya is flying the Destiny's Bounty away from the pursuing Great Devourer, Zane says that the percentage of getting through Crashcourse canyon (of which they are heading towards) unharmed is an extremely small percentage, to which Nya replies, "Never tell me the odds!". This is a reference to similar lines said by C-3PO and Han Solo respectively in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
- In "Day Of the Great Devourer", The Ultra Sonic Raider is crushed at the Junkyard. Soon after, however, it is seen racing into Ninjago City.
- Season 2 was split in two parts to coincide with the second wave of 2012 sets and, later, the first wave of 2013 sets.
- It is unknown that the new Garmadon has the Helmet of Darkness/Shadows or its Overlord possessing him.
- In the episode "Darkness Shall Rise", Kai's ZX mask is missing the top piece in one scene.
- In the end of "Darkness Shall Rise", Sensei Wu says "I feel a great disturbance in the Force", another reference to Star Wars.
- In the Ninja's apartment in "Darkness Shall Rise" there is a "Royal Blacksmiths" poster above the sink.
- In "Darkness Shall Rise", Mezmo sounds exactly like Slithraa when admiring the power of the Golden Weapons. It's possible that John Novak (the voice of Slithraa and Skalidor) had voiced Mezmo.
- In the episode "Pirates vs. Ninja", when Jay says that they saved the city from the Great Devourer, he has Cole's voice.
- In the same episode, when Lloyd chops the boards and the floor, you can hear Cole saying "that was the power of the Staff of Quakes". This is a mistake because it is called the Scythe of Quakes, not the Staff of Quakes. This mistake has been made on the Ninjago website, too, where it has been called the Staff of Light and the Staff of Earth. Also, when you hear Kai's voice saying "that was the power of the Staff of Quakes", if you look closely, you can see that Jay's mouth moving instead of Kai's.
- In "Pirates vs. Ninja", when Sensei shows them the "magical" bus tokens Cole says "like a magic portal" but has Kai's voice.
- As of "Double Trouble", they started calling the Ultra Sonic Raider the Ultra Sonic Raider, instead of the Ninja Tank like they called it in "Darkness Shall Rise".
- In many episodes, Ninjago is revealed to be an island, but in the comic Tomb of the Fangpyre it is shown to be an entire world.
- In "Double Trouble", Slithraa can be seen on the Black Bounty without any markings on his head or torso.
- Bizzaro Kai is not listed in the credits for Double Trouble like the other Bizzaro Ninja.
- In the credits for "Double Trouble", Bizzaro Zane is spelled "Bizarro", the original way of spelling Bizarro's name.
- In "Ninjaball Run", when the construction machine is about to hit the Mojo Dojo's window, it looks just like the Fangpyre Wrecking Ball, with purple and green colors. Then, when it hits the Mojo Dojo, it looks just like an ordinary yellow construction machine.
- In the episode "NinjaBall Run", Kai's suit changes to his first variation in one scene.
- In "Ninjaball Run", Lasha asks Lord Garmadon if he is going to use the Mega Weapon. However, when the camera switches to another angle, it is Spitta who is speaking.
- In the same episode, if one looks hard at the ninja at the starting place when they first showed Ninjaball Run, they are wearing the first variation of their suits as opposed to their current versions.
- In the same episode, when the Ninja are trying to get the gas from Ed, his mouth doesn't move when he says "Take this son".
- In "Child's Play", when Lloyd becomes older, he has no shoulder armor, but when Mother Doomsday gives him a comic saying he deserves it, he has shoulder armor. Later, after he rejects the offer and goes to the ninja, he has no armor again.
- In "Child's Play", at the comic store, one kid is wearing an alien clinger hat, one is wearing the Robot's helmet from the Minifigures line, and one is wearing a classic red Space suit.
- In "Child's Play", the Grundal's full name Dromaeosaurid Theropod Grundalychus would scientifically make the creature a raptor dinosaur.
- In "Child's Play", Zane says Nindroids don't dream. However, in "Never Trust a Snake", he had a dream about seeing the Green Ninja.
- In the same episode, when Zane says "not if we have anything to say in the matter", he has Kai's voice.
- In "Child's Play", during the trivia, the quote "Reversing the polarity" is said. This is a reference to the popular si-fi series Doctor Who.
- In "Child's Play", when the Ninja turn into kids and the police come, Kid Kai sounds a lot like Kid Zane for part of the scene.
- The plot for "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" draws extensively from the movie trilogy Back To The Future. As such, a number of references are made:
- Sensei Wu sighs "Great Scott", a line from Back To The Future.
- Lloyd dissipates in the picture of him and the ninja, a result of the end of his existence, yet another reference to Back To The Future.
- In "Wrong Place, Wrong Time", the city of Ouroboros appears to be intact despite being stated as destroyed by the Serpentine in "Darkness Shall Rise". However, it's possible that Lord Garmadon used the Mega Weapon to rebuild Orouburos.
- Since the Mega Weapon was responsible for the incidents causing Lloyd to become older, its destruction in "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" should have meant the Lloyd would become a child again in the future, but this did not occur.
- In "The Stone Army" after the gift shop was destroyed by the five ninja, you can spot a Raptor from Dino lying on the floor.
- Across all the episodes, Lord Garmadon never fully closes his mouth; he just wears a sort of grin. However, in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still", when he is show as a teenager in Sensei Wu's picture, he has a closed mouth.
- In "The Day Ninjago Stood Still", Darreth is temporarily seen with his brown ninja mask while him and the other characters are watching television.
- In "The Day Ninjago Stood Still", it is the first time in the entire series that we can see Sensei Wu taking off his hat.
- In "The Day Ninjago Stood Still", Misako's lips do not move when she says "Look".
- In "The Last Voyage", when Garmadon is first seen in the episode, he is wearing his previous helmet then the next scene, he's wearing the Helmet of Shadows.
- In "The Island of Darkness", Zane is wearing his elemental robe in the Earth Driller before the ninja got theirs in a scene.
- In "The Island Of Darkness", when the Ninja find the Temple of light, when Lloyd gasps, his voice sounds girlish. This is because he is voiced by a female actress, though this is normally concealed quite well.
- In "The Island Of Darkness", when the Ninja are in the Temple of Light, Zane says, "Nobody move," but in in Cole's voice.
- In "Return of the Overlord", when the Ninja arrive to Garmadon's fortress, Lloyd in seen in his ZX suit instead of Kimono suit.
- In "Return of the Overlord", when ninja are talking to Lloyd, they say, in succession, "You have my fire, you have my earth, you have my ice, and you have my lightning." This is a reference to the Lord Of the Rings trilogy, where Gimli, Legolas, Aragorn, and Boromir say something similar to Frodo Baggins.
- In "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master", if the viewer looks closely, Zane is not visibly hit by Dark Matter despite claiming to have been and shortly suffering all of the related effects.
- Another error can be viewed carefully in "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master". After the camera pans when the Golden Mech's arm is shot off, it can be seen back on again. After the camera pans back into the Mech, it's off again, nowhere to be seen.
- In the same scene in "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master", Lloyd's leg cast disappears after he falls out of the Golden Mech. It later reappears.
- In "The Last Hope" the ninja were trying to speak the ancent language to reply to General Kozu. Cole said, "Bon, Bon, Bon, Bon!" Zane said, "Tick-tock, Polly-whock!" Jay said, "Bequeath! Bequeath!" Jay's words were a reference to how, earlier in the episode, he didn't know what "bequeath" meant.
- "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master" was meant to be the final episode of the series, but because of popular demand the series was renewed for at least one more season.
- Music band "The Fold" confirmed on their YouTube channel that they were working on new music for the season.
- The season premiere will be on January 29, 2014.
Misako, Lloyd's mother