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Orion and the Dark
Release poster
Directed bySean Charmatz
Screenplay byCharlie Kaufman
Based onOrion and The Dark
by Emma Yarlett
Produced byPeter McCown
Narrated byWerner Herzog
Music by
  • Kevin Lax
  • Robert Lydecker
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • February 2, 2024 (2024-02-02) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Orion and the Dark is an upcoming American animated fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Sean Charmatz (in his feature directorial debut) and written by Charlie Kaufman, based on the children's book of the same name by Emma Yarlett. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and animated by Mikros Animation, the film is set for release on Netflix on February 2, 2024.


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, and even falling off of 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, the 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 grows 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.

— DreamWorks

Voice cast


It was announced on June 12, 2023 that Netflix and DreamWorks Animation had collaborated on the film, which was written by Charlie Kaufman, and debuted several segments at the annual Annecy International Animation Film Festival that same day. Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser and Werner Herzog were announced as part of the voice cast.[1]

In January 2024, additional voice cast was announced, including Ike Barinholtz, Angela Bassett, Colin Hanks and Carla Gugino.[2]


Mikros Animation, who previously worked with DreamWorks Animation on Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, provided the film's animation in their Paris and Bangalore facilities.[3]


Kevin Lax and Robert Lydecker, composers of Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, are composing the score.[4]


The film is set to debut on Netflix on February 2, 2024.[5]


  1. ^ Croll, Ben (June 13, 2023). "DreamWorks Animation, Netflix Pair For Charlie Kaufman-Penned Orion and The Dark". Variety. Retrieved June 13, 2023.
  2. ^ Ike Barinholtz Brings the Light in Latest ‘Orion and the Dark’ Trailer
  3. ^ Delaney, Cole (June 13, 2023). "Dreamworks Reveals New Charlie Kaufman-Written Film 'Orion And The Dark,' Coming To Netflix In 2024 – Exclusive Video". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  4. ^ "Kevin Lax & Robert Lydecker Scoring DreamWorks Animation's Netflix Film 'Orion and the Dark'". Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  5. ^ White, Abbey (November 9, 2023). "Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser Are a Young Boy and His Biggest Fear in Trailer for 'Orion and the Dark'". Retrieved November 9, 2023.