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IMPULSES | ‘Orion and the Dark,’ a must-see Netflix film

By Herman M. Lagon

BOTH YOUNG and old have been drawn to the endearing animated film “Orion and the Dark,” which debuted on Netflix this early February 2024. It is based on a children’s novel by Emma Yarlett and narrates the tale of a youngster named Orion who, with the assistance of an odd companion named the Dark, learns to overcome his anxieties. Like the well-loved films “Coco,” “Inside Out,” and “Monsters, Inc.,” this film is more than just a children’s story; it conveys profound philosophical ideas that even adults can appreciate.

“Orion and the Dark” focuses on four main themes: accepting oneself in the face of fear, the importance of acceptance and understanding, the value of friendship and support, and the power of creativity. Through his encounter with the Dark, Orion shows us that confronting our fears can bring them to light and inspire us to face our own anxieties head-on rather than running away from them.

In the film, imagination is portrayed as a powerful force that has the power to change bad ideas into good ones and fears into friendly faces. This emphasizes the ways in which creative thinking may assist us in overcoming obstacles in life and serves as a reminder to viewers of all ages of the transformative potential of a vivid imagination.

Another essential component of Orion’s quest is friendship. The assistance he gets from the Dark shows how having someone by your side may help even the most terrifying obstacles seem less overwhelming. This topic emphasizes how important friendship and support are during trying times.

Furthermore, the movie teaches us to see past our initial thoughts and encourages acceptance and understanding. As Orion gets to know his companion, his initial fear of the Dark transforms into a deep connection, highlighting the notion that there’s usually more to a person than meets the eye.

“Orion and the Dark” is especially noteworthy because of its distinctive character name scheme. Characters with names like Tycho, Orion, Dark, Hypatia, Sleep, Quiet, Unexplained Noises, and Insomnia each reflect the essence of their respective characters and give the story more depth. These names are more than just names.

It’s interesting to note that the film, which is highly unusual, lacks a conventional enemy. Rather, it centers on Orion’s inner conflicts and anxieties, transforming it into a tale of personal development and self-discovery. The lack of a villain causes the story to take a more reflective look at the difficulties and anxieties that we all encounter in life.

In addition, the film explores philosophical and even metaphysical themes, provoking audiences to consider the nature of fear, the value of friendship, and the necessity of facing uncertainty. These themes transform “Orion and the Dark” from a straightforward kid’s film into a meaningful story that connects with audiences of all ages.

The Charlie Kaufman-written and directed film “Orion and the Dark” features an amazing ensemble and a delightful mix of adventure, humor, and warmth. It is notable for its endearing tone that transcends genres and appeals to both adults and children.

Being a Netflix Original, the film is available to a wide audience and provides a memorable nighttime adventure that delves into themes of fear, friendship, and the creative potential. It looks to be an emotionally charged and visually stunning journey that appeals to viewers everywhere.

To sum up, “Orion and the Dark” is more than just a movie; it’s an investigation of the anxieties that exist in the shadows and the brilliant ability of friendship and creativity to chase them away. Viewers are welcomed into a world where the night is a blank canvas for exploration and adventure rather than merely a place to sleep when they tune in from all around the world.


Doc H fondly describes himself as a ‘student of and for life’ who, like many others, aspires to a life-giving and why-driven world that is grounded in social justice and the pursuit of happiness. His views herewith do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions he is employed or connected with.


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