Ninjago (TV series)
Ninjago (previously known as Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu until 2019) is a Danish-Canadian computer-animated television series produced by The Lego Group. It was created to coincide with the Lego Ninjago line of construction toys, which is based on the characters and events of the series. It centres on the fictional world of Ninjago, telling the story of a group of six teenage ninjas and their battles against the forces of evil. The series was created by Michael Hegner and Tommy Andreasen, two Danish film producers. The storyline was written by Dan and Kevin Hageman until the ninth season; their successor as the head writer is Bragi Schut. The show features a large ensemble cast of voice actors who have recurring roles in the series. The English-language voice cast has been recorded in Canada for its entire run. The music is scored by composers Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent.
|Also known as||Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (2011–2019)|
|Created by||Michael Hegner|
|Based on||Lego Ninjago|
|Opening theme||The Weekend Whip by The Fold (seasons 1–7 and 11-13)|
"Ninjago Overture" by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer (seasons 8–10 and The Island-present)
|Ending theme||"The Weekend Whip" by The Fold (Pilots-Episode 41)|
Various music by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer (Episode 42–present)
|Country of origin||Denmark|
|No. of seasons||14|
|No. of episodes||180 (+2 pilot episodes, 1 special and several shorts) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes (Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)|
11 minutes (Ninjago)
|Distributor||The Lego Group|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 14, 2011 –|
|Related shows||Legends of Chima|
The series has been in continuous production for over ten years and celebrated its ten-year anniversary in January 2021. It began with two pilot episodes in January 2011, which were followed by two 13-episode seasons that aired from December 2011 to November 2012. Both the Lego theme and the series had an intended shelf life of three years with the second season planned as the original ending. However, the success of the series and its product line led to the show continuing production, with fourteen seasons and two specials being released as of May 2021. Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu was produced in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Wil Film ApS for its first ten seasons. The production was relocated to WildBrain Studios in Canada for the eleventh season and the series was retitled Ninjago.
In Denmark, where the series' original production companies are located, it premiered on Nickelodeon. It airs on various Nickelodeon networks internationally and on Cartoon Network in the United States, United Kingdom and Poland. In Latin America, the series is broadcast on Disney XD Latin America. In Canada, the series is broadcast on Teletoon and YTV.
The show is largely set in the fictional realm of Ninjago, a place loosely inspired by East Asian myths and culture. While featuring historically designed buildings and traditional clothing, Ninjago exists in a modern setting centred around the large metropolis of Ninjago City, which features skyscrapers, current-age and futuristic vehicles, modern electronics, mechanical exo-suits (mechs), and other futuristic technology. The plot focuses on a group of six teenage ninja fighting against the forces of evil, who are also defined as "Elemental Masters", several characters who have elemental powers.
The series began with the ninja team being formed and trained by their ancient master Sensei Wu in the fictional martial art of "Spinjitzu", which is the main fighting method depicted in the show. The ninjas' base is a flying junk ship named "Destiny's Bounty", which has varied in design over the course of the series. The Pilot Episodes introduced the original four ninja characters named Kai, Cole, Jay, and Zane and Kai's sister Nya, while the central character Lloyd Garmadon was introduced in the first season, titled Rise of the Snakes.
Series overview Edit
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot episodes||4||January 14, 2011|
|Rise of the Snakes||13||December 2, 2011||April 11, 2012|
|Legacy of the Green Ninja||13||July 18, 2012||November 21, 2012|
|Rebooted||8||January 29, 2014||November 26, 2014|
|Tournament of Elements||10||February 23, 2015||April 3, 2015|
|Possession||10||June 29, 2015||July 10, 2015|
|Skybound||10||March 24, 2016||July 15, 2016|
|Day of the Departed||October 29, 2016|
|Hands of Time||10||May 15, 2017||May 26, 2017|
|Sons of Garmadon||10||April 16, 2018||May 25, 2018|
|Hunted||10||August 11, 2018||August 25, 2018|
|March of the Oni||4||April 19, 2019|
|Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu||30||June 22, 2019||February 1, 2020|
|Prime Empire||16||July 19, 2020||August 30, 2020|
|Master of the Mountain||16||September 13, 2020||October 25, 2020|
|The Island||4||March 7, 2021||March 14, 2021|
|Seabound||16||April 4, 2021||April 30, 2021|
|Crystalized||30||May 20, 2022||October 1, 2022|
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