Netflix has released another trailer for the new DreamWorks animation film ” Orion and the Dark.” The streamer has also announced the voice cast for this upcoming animated movie. The story is adapted from a book by Emma Yarlett of the same name. Orion and the Dark is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on February 2, 2024, and is directed by Sean Charmatz and produced by Peter McCown. This adaptation is penned by Charlie Kaufman, the American screenwriter and director associated with highly acclaimed movies such as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The voice for Orion is given by Jacob Tremblay and has Paul Walter Hauser as Dark.
The story revolves around Orion, a young boy who is scared of many things, like dogs, bees, and the ocean. The one thing that he is most scared of is the Dark. So, true to his fear, the Dark decides to visit him and take him on an adventure to convince him that there is nothing to be afraid of. On their adventure, they meet many other creatures, such as Dreams, voiced by Angela Bassett, Sleep by Natasia Demetriou, Unexplained Noises by Golda Rosheuvel, Insomnia by Nat Faxon, and Quiet by Aparna Nancherla. Orion also encounters the opposite of darkness and light, voiced by Ike Barinholtz. At the end of their adventure, Orion must decide if he wants to end being scared and cherish the little things in his life. By the end of the movie, you realize that the story is narrated by adult Orion, voiced by Colin Hanks, to his young child.
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Netflix has provided quotes from lead voice actors before its release. According to Paul Walter Hauser, the upcoming movie is suitable for all ages as it covers various lessons from different aspects of life. Parents and kids can enjoy the movie together, as the movie reflects both points of view. The 17-year-old voice actor Jacob Tremblay is also optimistic that the kids who are scared of little things will accept that it is okay to be scared of some things in life.