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Orion and the Dark Review: Sean Charmatz Impresses in Adventure Comedy Film

Orion and the Dark Review: Sean Charmatz Impresses in Adventure Comedy Film

Produced by Dreamworks Animation and Peter McCown, Orion and the Dark follows the transitional journey of a schoolboy named Orion. The OTT giants’ Netflix starrer, Orion and the Dark, directed by Sean Charmatz, who is known for his work on “Trolls” and “Spongebob Squarepants,” collaborates with Charlie Kaufman, a renowned writer and director, to feature an interesting children’s book by Emma Yarlett.

Who was the star cast?

Jacob Tremblay, the Critics’ Choice Award winner, was upfronted as young Orion, and he was supported by a stellar voice cast, including Obra Kai’s Paul Walter Hauser as Dark, Oscar nominee Angela Bassett as Sweet Dreams, MadTV’s Ike Barinholtz as Light, What We Do in Shadows standout Natasia Demetriou as Sleep, Bridgerton’s Golda Rosheuvel as Unexplained Noises, German Filmmaker & Voice God Werner Herzog, Fall of the House of Usher’s Carla Gugino as Orion’s Mom, and Roswell’s Colin Hanks as Adult Orion.

A Script Analysis

With Sean Charmatz’s storytelling, Orion and the Dark deals with generational anxiety with finesse. The story revolves around young Orion’s world and a bedtime story told by a father to his daughter, describing the significance of facing and fighting one’s fears. Known for his writing, Kaufman’s drafted script emphasized an artistic perspective on the challenges of growing up.

Orion and the Dark Review: Balanced Humor and Life Lessons

Besides addressing societal themes like anxiety and facing fears, the film doesn’t shy away from fear. With a 90-minute drama-packed runtime, the film doesn’t fail to deliver a mix of humorous and sweet moments. In addition, the introduction of “Night Entities” added a level of adventure and relationship building, promising a layer of humour that leaves adults insomniac.

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Review: Animation and Soundtrack

Computer Animated by Mikro’s Animation, Orion and the Dark has been craftily designed to bring ethereal characters to life while enhancing the visual appeal of the fantasy adventure comedy film. Soundtracks from Tame Impala and the Flaming Lips continuously complimented the film, unfolding a different sense of interest.

Educational and Entertaining: Must-Watch

In essence, Orion and the Dark’s captivating storytelling and extended animations made it a triumphant addition to Netflix’s original reported repertoire. With a balance of life lessons and coverage of anxiety issues, the film continued to attract every section of the audience. Besides, the interesting collaboration of Sean Charmatz and Charlie Kaufman, Orion and the Dark, promises an entertaining ride that not only captivates children but also deserves recognition in educational settings.

“Orion and the Dark” provides an insightful experience of storytelling and coping mechanisms for anxiety disorders, is present in our modern society, and is in touch with the emotions of a more sensitive culture. 

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