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Orion and the Dark Trailer Previews Netflix’s Upcoming Animated Fantasy Movie

Netflix has dropped a brand new trailer for its upcoming animated fantasy movie, Orion and the Dark. The trailer features protagonist Orion (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) facing his ultimate fear: dark and all the nighttime adventures. 

Set to hit the streamer on February 2, 2024, Orion and the Dark is directed by Sean Charmatz, with Charlie Kaufman serving as the film’s writer. Alongside Tremblay, DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film also stars Paul Walter Hauser as Dark, Angela Bassett as Dreams, Colin Hanks as Adult Orion, Natasia Demetriou as Sleep, Golda Rosheuvel as Unexplained Noises, Nat Faxon as Insomnia, Aparna Nancherla as Quiet, and Ike Barinholtz as Light.

You can watch the trailer below: 

The rest of the cast includes Carla Gugino as Orion’s mom, Matt Dellapina as Orion’s dad, Nick Kishiyama as Tycho, Mia Akemi Brown as Hypatia, Shannon Chan-Kent as Adult Hypatia, Jack Fisher as Richi Panichi, and Werner Herzog as the movie’s narrator.

What Is Orion and the Dark about?

Based on Emma Yarlett’s children’s book of the same name, Orion and the Dark follows elementary student Orion, who’s scared of just about everything. But he’s most afraid of darkness — which makes it extra-inconvenient when the personification of night itself pays a visit.

The official 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 fear 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.”

Orion and the Dark is produced by Peter McCown. Executive producers are Walt Dohrn and Bonnie Arnold. Check out some of the film’s stills and official poster down below: 

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