Arriving just in time for the Valentine's season, Orion and the Dark is the perfect companion of kids & young adults for the romantic season. The film celebrates the acceptance of our childhood fears.
Orion and the Dark
Dreamworks is finally back, armed with a barrel of animated hit films that are guaranteed to warm your heart and cuddle your soul. Orion and the Dark is based on the titular children’s picture book by Emma Yarlett, who is also a part of the writing team that comprises of Charlie Kaufman and Lloyd Taylor. Directed by Sean Charmatz and produced by Peter McCown, the film will be executively produced by Walt Dohrn and Bonnie Arnold.
Releasing on February 2, 2024, the film stars actor I, Tonya star Paul Walter Hauser as the voice of Dark, Room actor Jacob Tremblay as the voice of Orion, the protagonist, and renowned filmmaker cum actor of Nosferatu the Vampyre, Werner Herzog in an undefined significant role.
The official plot synopsis reads, “Orion seems a lot like your average elementary school kid—shy, unassuming, harboring a secret crush. But underneath his seemingly normal exterior, Orion is a ball of adolescent anxiety, completely consumed by irrational fears of bees, dogs, the ocean, cell phone waves, murderous gutter clowns, even falling off a cliff. But of all his fears, the thing he’s the most afraid of is what he confronts on a nightly basis: the dark.”
“So, when the literal embodiment of his worst fears pays a visit, Dark whisks Orion away on a roller coaster ride around the world to prove there is nothing to be afraid of in the night. As the unlikely pair grow closer, Orion must decide if he can learn to accept the unknown—to stop letting fear control his life and finally embrace the joy of living.”
Dropping on Netflix, the Tudum original dropped its trailer on November 10, 2023, to allow Dreamworks fans to get a glimpse of the much-anticipated film and await its arrival. Orion and the Dark’s trailer features a strong commentary on the misappropriated notions of evil night entities, when, in reality, they are a much necessary part of our existence.