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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 29

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. Nearly done now, the penultimate subject is:

A movie from your childhood

I like that this topic isn’t so specific. It’s not about your favourite or most hated, just a movie from your childhood that you feel like talking about. That makes this subject a very easy one to pick a film for, and that film is:

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

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Starchaser: The Legend of Orin is a blatant Star Wars rip-off, it really is. The young boy with an energy sword, the uncaring smuggler with a ship who is caught up in the boy’s events, the bold governor’s daughter (not quite a princess), the big bad who’s not wholly human and lots of droids and laser gun battles. I’m guessing it wasn’t a very successful rip-off as it has never been released on DVD in the UK, meaning that when I was looking to buy it a few years back I had to buy a region one version. I actually liked it more than Star Wars during my youth, watching it again and again.

The film tells the story of Orin, a young boy who has spent his entire life in a mine with the rest of his people, convinced that above them is only hell and that their own only hope for survival is to keep supplying their god, Zygon, with the crystals they dig up. Orin discovers a strange sword with a message about the reality of their situation and before long he escapes to the surface, discovers the truth for himself and sets about finding the blade for his sword so that he can free his people, along the way meeting with the rest of the cast and discovering that the problems are greater than just the plight of his people.

Watching it now it’s not difficult to see why it appealed. It’s rather dark for a children’s cartoon, with characters injured or brutally killed (with something almost resembling blood on wounded aliens, but never on the humans) and the initial setting being about humans enslaved for 1,200 years. Early on Orin is chased by creepy cyborgs who want to kill him and harvest his body parts, and the film does a lot of things that the other cartoons I watched at the time simply didn’t cover, making it quite unique in that respect despite mostly lifting everything from Star Wars.

In spite of all that borrowing and the plot being fairly predictable it’s still a fun film to watch even now. It might be a rip-off, it might be so unsuccessful that it doesn’t even have an international DVD release, but I like it all the same.

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