The recently released animated film Orion and the Dark is garnering rave reviews and capturing the imaginations of audiences of all ages.
Based on the children’s picture book by acclaimed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Orion and the Dark offers a whimsical yet insightful look into the universal experience of childhood fears.
A Journey into the Dark
When Dark, a creepy personification of darkness voiced by Paul Walter Hauser, visits Orion, a fantastical adventure begins. Dark takes Orion on a globetrotting journey to help him overcome his fears. Light, played by Ike Barinholtz pursues them. Orion also meets imaginative characters like Sweet Dreams (Angela Bassett) and Insomnia (Nat Faxon).
Heavy Emotional Themes
While entertaining, the film also has emotional weight. Orion’s fears are played sensitively, capturing real childhood worries. Orion comes to accept his fears as natural and develops healthy coping strategies. The film imparts messages about managing emotions.
An adult Orion, voiced by Colin Hanks, frames the story by sharing it with his daughter. This perspective adds layers of imagination and finding light in the darkness.
Vibrant Family Entertainment
Orion and the Dark is a standout animated film with visuals, endearing characters, and uplifting messages. It captures Kaufman’s wit while appealing to all ages.
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Where to Watch Orion and the Dark
Orion and the Dark is currently streaming globally on Netflix. Don’t miss this creative new animated film that kids and parents will surely enjoy.