The second-ever DreamWorks Animation feature film to debut exclusively on Netflix has set a February 2024 release date. Orion and the Dark will premiere on February 2nd, and here’s an updated guide to everything we know so far.
As noted, this is the second time a DreamWorks Animation movie has gone exclusively to Netflix, with the first being Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, released in 2021.
Netflix’s relationship with DreamWorks has stretched now over a decade, with the TV division having created 100s of episodes for the streamer based on its vast collection of IP. In addition, Netflix in the US currently carries all DreamWorks theatrical movies within the first window.
Orion and the Dark has been in development at DreamWorks Animation for the last couple of years, with the book first optioned by the acclaimed studio in the mid-2010s as early as 2015. It was first announced to be attached to Netflix during the DreamWorks panel at the Annecy Film Festival.
Here’s what you need to know about Orion and the Dark kicking off with the new trailer revealed at Geeked Week 2023:
Who’s behind Orion and the Dark?
Industry veteran Sean Charmatz is directing the movie, who has worked on several projects throughout the years, but this marks his directorial debut. Previous projects Charmatz has worked on include The Lego Movie 2, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants, and Trolls.
Charlie Kaufman is behind the script for the new movie. Kaufman is best known for writing on critically acclaimed movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, and more recently for Netflix, I’m Thinking of Ending Things.
Lloyd Taylor and Brandon Sawyer worked on additional screenplay material. Peter McCown serves as a producer on the project, with Walt Dohrn listed as an executive producer.
The animation for the film is being done by Mikros Animation’s studios in Paris and Bangalore.
CartoonBrew spoke to the creative team behind the movie at the Annecy Film Festival in a 22-minute-long interview:
What’s the story of Orion and the Dark?
The story is adapted from the best-selling 40-page picture book Orion and the Dark by author and illustrator Emma Yarlett published in May 2014. The author is also behind books like Nibbles, Dragon Post, Poppy Pickle, and It’s Mine.
Who is in the voice cast for Orion and the Dark?
Two actors have been lined up for the project thus far, voicing the two titular characters.
- Jacob Tremblay, the Canadian actor who is best known for voicing and starring in tiles like Wonder, Good Boys, Luca, and The Little Mermaid, will voice Orion.
- Paul Walter Hauser will voice Dark in the movie. He’s best known for his role on Netflix’s Cobra Kai, starring as Raymond ‘Stingray’ Porter, plus starred in movies like I, Tonya, BlacKkKlansman, and Richard Jewell.
Finally, Werner Herzog is confirmed to be lending his voice to the movie too.
Don’t forget that Netflix has more animation announcements to come out throughout the 2023 Annecy Film Festival. We’re getting updates on The Monkey King and Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.
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