In this 3-D animated cross between Star Wars and the Knights of the Round Table, young Orin (voice by Joe Colligan) lives in an oppressed, underground world in which humans have become the slaves of robots. One day the hero finds the handle of a sword and in a vision is told that if he can locate the blade, he will be able to overthrow the robots. Off he goes on his quest, up to the surface world where he meets and teams up with Dagg (voice by Carmen Argenziano) to face the evil empire in a series of daring battles. Along the way, Orin and Dagg have their own love interests, and a bit of swarthy language occasionally peppers their conversation as well. Parents should be advised of these two excursions into a more adult world, otherwise, most moppets would enjoy the fast-paced tale of heroism and adventure. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
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This is an awesome movie, as some moviegoers mention, this isnt your childrens anime :), but if you think they can handle "the empire strikes back" they should be able to handle this
The animation is disney " old school", it was the first movie I saw in years that reminded me of the classic disney movies of the 40's and 50's. Its a shame that Don Bluth doesnt do more.....
I remember waiting in line to see this movie when I was 6 years old. I'm 25 now and I'm thrilled that Blockbuster added it to the library (I wrote customer service about it). Orin is - as is all his people - a slave in the crystal mines below his planet. When he learns the lie (not telling) and escapes this dreary world, the story becomes a sorta' fish out of water, sci-fi, save the world, prodical son returns story. I love this movie and can't wait until it shows up in the mail!
This movie was more of a star wars knockoff than anything else. The aged black bounty hunter reminded me alot of Lando Calrissian, Hans Solo's old partner in crime. There was alot of sexual innuendo, which was not surprising given the time in which the movies was made. It was also a bit violent. The 'Manbots' that wanted to rip Orin apart for his body parts was a bit scary and could definitely give a little kid nightmares. As far as the passion of the Christ part, the hero turns out to be some kind of revolving messiah that shows up every 1000 years. That may bother some conservative types since this was the most Rambo-esque messiah I have ever seen. He has no qualms about killing things, even though you later found out that they were robots.