Ninjago (TV series)

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.

Original logo of the series until 2019
Also known asNinjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (2011–2019)
Created byMichael Hegner
Tommy Andreasen
Based onLego Ninjago
Written by
Directed by
  • Michael Hegner
  • Justin Murphy
  • Peter Hausner
  • Martin Skov
  • Michael Helmuth Hansen
  • Trylle Vilstrup
  • Thomas Østergaard Poulsen
  • Jens Møller
  • Per During Risager
  • Frederik Budolph
  • Peter Egeberg
  • Wade Cross
  • Daniel Ife
  • Shane Poettcker
Voices of
Opening themeThe 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)
Composer(s)Jay Vincent
Michael Kramer
Country of originDenmark
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes180 (+2 pilot episodes, 1 special and several shorts) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Torsten Jacobsen (2011–2018)
  • Erik Wilstrup (seasons 1–10)
  • Dan Hageman (season 5, 6 and 8–10)
  • Kevin Hageman (season 5, 6 and 8–10)
  • Irene Sparre (2016–)
  • Keith Malone (season 10–present)
  • Bragi Schut (season 10–present)
  • Jill Wilfert (season 10–present)
  • Tommy Andreasen (season 11–present)
  • Josh Scerba (season 11–present)
  • Kirsten Newlands (season 11)
  • Amir Nasdarabi (season 12-present)
  • Erik Wilstrup (pilot episodes)
  • Irene Sparre (seasons 1–6)
  • Louise Barkholt (2016–2019)
  • Tommy Andreasen (2016–2019)
  • Nelson LaMonica (2016–2019)
  • Simon Lucas (seasons 8 and 9)
  • Cerim Manovi (seasons 8 and 9)
  • Robert May (season 10)
  • Vicky Kjaer Jensen (season 10–present; co-producer, 2016–2019)
  • Ryan Pears (season 11–present)
Running time22 minutes (Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
11 minutes (Ninjago)
Production company(s)
DistributorThe Lego Group
Original network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 14, 2011 (2011-01-14) –
Related showsLegends of Chima
Nexo Knights
Other websites

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.[3]

Plot change

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.[4] 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.[5][6]

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.[7] 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 change

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot episodes4January 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)
Rise of the Snakes13December 2, 2011 (2011-12-02)April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11)
Legacy of the Green Ninja13July 18, 2012 (2012-07-18)November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
Rebooted8January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)November 26, 2014 (2014-11-26)
Tournament of Elements10February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03)
Possession10June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29)July 10, 2015 (2015-07-10)
Skybound10March 24, 2016 (2016-03-24)July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15)
Day of the DepartedOctober 29, 2016 (2016-10-29)
Hands of Time10May 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)May 26, 2017 (2017-05-26)
Sons of Garmadon10April 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Hunted10August 11, 2018 (2018-08-11)August 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)
March of the Oni4April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu30June 22, 2019 (2019-06-22)February 1, 2020 (2020-02-01)
Prime Empire16July 19, 2020 (2020-07-19)August 30, 2020 (2020-08-30)
Master of the Mountain16September 13, 2020 (2020-09-13)October 25, 2020 (2020-10-25)
The Island4March 7, 2021 (2021-03-07)March 14, 2021 (2021-03-14)
Seabound16April 4, 2021 (2021-04-04)April 30, 2021 (2021-04-30)
Crystalized30May 20, 2022 (2022-05-20)October 1, 2022 (2022-10-01)

References change

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