WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, in theaters now.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part doesn't disappoint with its new characters, but Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi stands out for more reasons than one. Tiffany Haddish's vivacious, musical monarch rules the Systar System, and she and General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) are two of the major creations to come out the imagination of Bianca, just as Emmet, Wildstyle and Unikitty arose from that of her brother Finn. But Watevra Wa'Nabi is unique.
While the rules governing the LEGO universe are loose, to say the least, Haddish's Duplo creation defies a lot of them. She can change her form at will (and does so frequently, much to the chagrin of any new friends), and her name is reflective of her mutable nature (say it slowly). Also, as Emmet is an obvious analog for Finn as General Mayhem is for Bianca, Wa'nabi isn't so easily assigned. She definitely represents a portion of Bianca's imagination, but she's also completely unbridled in a way that the kids' mother (Maya Rudolph) probably doesn't condone 24/7. There's a reason she and Batman are drawn to each other at certain points of the film: Both represent the emotionally indulgent sides of Finn and Bianca's personalities, although they manifest in very different ways. But that's not the only reason Wa'nabi stands out among the massive cast of characters.
CBR sat down with writers and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to talk about the queen's background. They shed some light on what makes Wa'nabi so special within the LEGO world, and it had a lot to do with the fact that's she's got roots in both Finn and Bianca's imagination.
"In the first movie, Finn was playing with all of those characters, from Unikitty to Emmett to Wildstyle to all of them, to Batman," Miller said. "They're all sort of parts of his personality or things that are going on in his life. So, in the Systar System a lot of those characters are different facets of Bianca's personality. 'I wanna be what I wanna be, and I'm trying to figure out who I am and I can be anything and I feel inspired.' And so, a part of that is her personality as well. But also General Mayhem is a part of her personality and I think even the banana is a part of her."
"But the queen is like this thing in a funny way that they share," Lord added. "Finn made it, gave it to her and she turned it into something else. It's the product of their collective imaginations."
What The LEGO Movie did best The Second Part also does, and that's nailing the subtle nature of family relationships and how they manifest in kid's imaginations. Finn and his father served as the subject matter for the first film, and the boy's relationship with his sister serves as the centerpiece for the sequel. Wa'nabi, for all her shape-shifting ways, is the constant they share, and ultimately what binds them together. Finn's gift of the original heart to his sister is what kicks off her own imaginary world, so as frustrating as they might be to one another, they are inexorably tied together.
In theaters now, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph and Stephanie Beatriz.