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15 September 2009 (USA) See more »
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Once the ruler of an entire universe, the Great Spirit Mata Nui finds himself cast out of his own body... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Dee Bradley Baker ... Skrall / Bone Hunters / Vorox (voice)

Jeff Bennett ... Strakk (voice)

Jim Cummings ... Ackar (voice)

Michael Dorn ... Mata Nui (voice)

Mark Famiglietti ... Gresh (voice)

David Leisure ... Metus (voice)

Armin Shimerman ... Raanu (voice)

Marla Sokoloff ... Kiina (voice)

Fred Tatasciore ... Tuma (voice)

James Arnold Taylor ... Berix (voice)
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Directed by
Mark Baldo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sean Catherine Derek  written by
Christian Faber  concept and characters
Greg Farshtey  story and characters

Produced by
David Cragnotti .... executive producer
Lena Dixen .... executive producer
Dennis Edwards .... line producer
Patrick Gunn .... executive producer
Jimmy Ienner .... executive producer
Lawrence Kasanoff .... executive producer
Kristy Scanlan .... producer
Joshua Wexler .... producer
Jill Wilfert .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John D'Andrea 
 
Film Editing by
Aeolan Kelly 
 
Casting by
Heidi Klein 
 
Art Direction by
Cristobal Aguirre 
 
Production Management
Leslie Barker .... production manager
 
Art Department
Gary Clair .... concept artist
Philip Dimitriadis .... concept artist
Frank Forte .... storyboard artist
Stephen Lewis .... orthographics
Pedro Ruiz .... digital matte painter
 
Sound Department
David Mann .... sound effects editor
Kevin Nanaumi .... assistant sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Steve Tavernia .... cg supervisor
 
Stunts
Chris Brewster .... utility stunts
J.J. Perry .... stunt coordinator
 
Animation Department
Aeolan Kelly .... animatic editor
Andre Rivera .... animation intern
 
Editorial Department
Michael D. Black .... additional editing by
Tamika Smith .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Amy Cheong .... assistant: Mr. Kasanoff
Yang Liu .... production intern
Alyessa Ornelas .... production coordinator
Jackie Poko .... production assistant
 

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  • CGCG  overseas animation production
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USA:80 min
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The novel accompanying the movie was written before the finalized script, and thus tells us what the movie makers originally had in mind for certain scenes. A couple of interesting things to note: Mata Nui was originally gold and white instead of gold and black, and when Click transformed into a shield, only one of his eyes remained, instead of his whole face, as we see in the movie. Some scenes are also described differently. For instance, the Vorox broke off its tail by smashing it into a rock, rather than into Mata Nui's shield. It is also worth noting that the book tells us why the characters behave the way they do (the otherwise grim Kiina is cheerful because she doesn't want Mata Nui to know how terrible their lives are, and some of the things she tells him are actually blatant lies), and that most of the slapstick comedy moments are also absent. Finally, the novel mentions Bionicle characters and places (like Certavus and Iconox) that are never spoken of in the movie, and also explains plot points better (like why the Glatorian all stay in the village of Tesara).See more »
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Plot holes: During the Glatorian's fight with the Bone Hunters, there is a shot in which a Bone Hunter, on top of his rock steed, is chasing Kiina. The camera pans and thus the Bone Hunter gets out of view. But Kiina stops, and for some reason the Bone Hunter never reaches her, even though he has been chasing her just a few seconds earlier. He wanted to kill her, so why would he suddenly vanish?See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mata Nui:[we see a tropical island paradise, in the middle of a beautiful, endless ocean] It is said that all endings are merely beginnings, waiting to be born.
[two brightly glowing eyes suddenly light up below the island]
Mata Nui:My beginning was much the same.
[the ocean waters start to go crazy, the earth rumbles and shatters, mountains crumble, and the tropical island falls apart as a gigantic metal titan awakens and rises up from under it, the broken pieces of the island falling off its enormous body]
Mata Nui:Once I was a towering giant, ruler of my own universe. Fearless. Beholden to none. Protector of my people.
[we see a flourishing civilization of colorful beings, called Matoran, inside the robot's body, each of them happy and cheerful]
Mata Nui:Until I was betrayed.
[the yellow eyes of the robot giant flicker out, darkness falls over the universe inside it, then an evil red glow bursts from the robot's eyes]
Mata Nui:All that I had been, all that I had known was stolen from my by an ever-present evil. My power stripped away. My people enslaved.
[...]
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Reborn or stillborn?, 15 September 2009
Author: xamtaro from Singapore

Mata Nui, the great god of the Matorans has been betrayed and stripped of his power. Cast out into the universe, the once powerful deity must now fend for himself as a mere mortal in the barren lands of Bara Magna. there he would face untold dangers, make new comrades, and launch his quest to return to his homeworld and rescue his lost people.

I loved the premise. It is a classic "fall of a king" story coupled with an almost Greek epic styled hero's journey. The story is easy enough to follow, straightforward and with little twists. (there is actually only one twist, but it didn't really catch me by surprise). The creative team manages to throw in an ideal mix of seriousness and fun, with some really good comedy moments involving Mata Nui's inexperience in dealing with Bara Magna inhabitants and adjusting to his new life. A real treat for the whole family to enjoy.

Despite their rather inhuman appearance, I found the characters in this show very appealing and easy to relate to. Granted, some of them may come across as cardboard cutout stock characters from a Saturday morning cartoon, but the very professional level of the acting and a well written script makes up for the perceived lack of character development. Special mention goes to Star Trek: The Next Generation's Michael Dorn(Worf) who nails the role of Mata Nui head on, maintaining a regal air of importance while infusing realistic believability into every spoken line.

No complains as well about the overall look of the show. The character designs are intricately detailed and the movements are fluid. I could not help but be reminded of the robot designs in the live action Transformers movies(of course, Bionicle came before the Transformers movie.) Of course the quality of the CGI in this show is not up to Pixar's standards but it is easily one of the best i've seen in direct to DVD CGI animated movies. Even the gears and turning parts on each character are fully animated and everything is given a dirty gritty look.

Now Bionicle The Legend Reborn may attract viewers by its entertaining story, script, fabulous acting and great graphics, but it would be REALLY HARD for viewers to actually "jump in". For one thing, the movie seems to require some familiarity of the bionicle universe. For casual animation movie fans like me, there just wasn't enough backstory. Is this supposed to be a sequel? or a prequel? Or maybe even a reboot? A small booklet or featurette in the DVD to explain the Bionicle backstory would have benefited the majority of viewers who might not be familiar with the Bionicle brand.

Secondly, I have to sadly admit that the fine looking CGI graphics feel kinda wasted on some terrible scene directing; this is the part where this movie suffers the most. Mark Baldo(whose only other directing credit is a couple of episodes of a TV series called "Father of the Pride") is the director here and his camera work can only be described as "LAZY". Most of the fight scenes are unusually static, as if i'm watching a documentary and not a fight scene in a movie. There is hardly any dramatic effect or intensity conveyed with his lackluster "matter of fact" directing style which leads to some very boring action sequences.

Music was relatively mediocre; sounded like standard dramatic animation movie fare but there were a couple of themes that stood out. The opening theme in particular had just the right epic feel to go with the story. Sound effects could have also been better. Right now, the sound effects come across as too "light", giving a sense of weightlessness to the characters. Tech Specs on the Bionicle wikipedia says that the Bara Magna characters are around 7 feet tall. But those light sounding sound effects and lack of a heavier bass make them seem like only 7 inches tall. Swords clashing sound like toys hitting each other, rocks crumbling down a slope sound like pebbles; that sort of thing.

All in all, Bionicle The Legend Reborn is a valiant attempt at bringing Bionicle once again into the animation DVD market. However, i don't think that this movie would be able to impress anyone but the kids and the hardcore Bionicle fans. Whats more is that there was hardly any publicity about this show prior to its release. Maybe it might attract some Star Trek fans thanks to Michael Dorn's awesome performance. It would not impress and might not even win many new fans, but it sure as hell will be able to entertain. At least until the "hinted-at" sequel comes around.

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