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Bionicle: Mask of Light (2003)

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The island of Mata Nui must face one final threat from the evil Makuta: The Rahkshi. The only hope for the survival of the islanders rests with two Matoran villagers, who must find the seventh Toa and deliver him the Mask of Light.


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Cast overview:
Jason Michas ... Takua / Toa Takanuva (voice)
Andrew Francis ... Jaller (voice)
Scott McNeil ... Toa Tahu / Toa Onua / Graalok the Ash Bear (voice)
Lee Tockar ... Makuta / Pewku (voice)
Christopher Gaze Christopher Gaze ... Turaga Vakama (voice)
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... Toa Gali (voice)
Dale Wilson ... Toa Lewa / Turaga Onewa (voice)
Michael Dobson ... Toa Kopaka / Hewkii (voice)
Trevor Devall ... Toa Pohatu (voice)
Lesley Ewen ... Turaga Nokama (voice)
Chiara Zanni ... Hahli (voice)
Doc Harris Doc Harris ... Kolhii Announcer (voice)


In a land of living machines, two young ones are chosen to seek the legendary Mask of Light to reveal the savior of all the lands from the dark forces of the Makuta. During the course of their adventure, they will call on the heroes of their people, the great Toa. These Toa, masters of nature's forces such as Fire, Wind, Earth & Water, try to protect the chosen ones as they seek their destiny. Written by maestro-1

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A Hero Will Be Revealed

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence and scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bionicle: Mask of Light - The Movie See more »


Box Office


$5,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only movie of the first Bionicle trilogy to be centered around half a year's storyline. Its two sequels had to squeeze in plot points of one year's worth of Bionicle story, and as a result, there is a big gap in both of them, with lots of events happening off-screen. Because of this, not many aspects of the story and, more importantly, only a fraction of the characters' character development could be covered. In this respect, this movie is the "cleanest" of the three. See more »


There is an editing error when the green Rahkshi attacks Tahu who's lying on the ground: it is standing in a completely different pose and farther away from view in the first frame of the shot. This jarring shift is visible when viewed in motion. See more »


[first lines]
Turaga Vakama: Gathered friends, listen again to our legend, of the Bionicle. In a time, before time, the great spirit, Mata Nui, fell from the heavens, carrying we, the ones called the Matoran. We were separate, and without purpose, so the Great Spirit illuminated us with the three virtues: Unity, Duty, and Destiny!
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Crazy Credits

Toward the end of the credits, a sentence written in Matoran script appears. It reads: "No Rahi were harmed in the making of this film". ("Rahi" is a term that refers to Mata-Nui's fauna.) See more »

Alternate Versions

In Germany, the movie had to be marketed towards very young children, and thus many scenes that were considered too frightening got removed. These include:
  • Nearly all shots in which the Rahkshi open their head (one notable exception being the scene when the white and black Rahkshi are defeated, which isn't edited)
  • Tahu's swords landing next to Jaller
  • Makuta creating the first three Rahkshi
  • the green Rahkshi's hand rising out of the destroyed shrine
  • the brown Rahkshi firing a beam at Gali
  • much of the siege on Ta-Koro is cut, including the Rahkshi menacing its people and most of Tahu's fight with the green Rahkshi
  • the green Rahkshi spreading poison
  • the three Rahkshi flying over Kopaka's unconscious body
  • Makuta's eyes floating in the darkness after Takua turns down his offer
  • the new Rahkshi defeating Pohatu and Onua
  • the poisoned Tahu attacking Gali
  • the Rahkshi climbing after Takua in the "chimney"
  • Jaller being killed by fear power is shortened, Makuta only says "Fear me" once
  • Jaller's death scene is shortened, Takua looking at his body with sorrow is cut
  • the Kraata worm snaking into Makuta's lair
  • much of Makuta's fight with Takanuva is cut
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Followed by Bionicle: Maze of Shadows (2005) See more »

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You can watch it dozens of times...and I have
20 October 2003 | by sarge_5150See all my reviews

At the behest of my kids, I have watched this film over and over, probably at least 100 times. It is one of the few of their favorites that has not gotten irritating after dozens of viewings. The story arc includes classic struggles and familiar archetypes, the animation is great, and the dialog is engaging.

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