A young girl must overcome her fears and travel to a mysterious city of light to save her father from a dangerous scientist and prevent the destruction of her world.
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Feature Film
Adventure, Animation, Family
Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney, Andrew Bachelor, Tim Minchin
Ricard Cusso
Polly Watkins, Matt Everitt, Les Turner
Sophie Byrne, Kristen Souvlis, Nadine Bates
Executive Producer(s):
John Stevenson, Michael Favelle
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Arkie, an inquisitive 12-year-old girl, blind in one eye and with a tentacle-like arm, lives on an isolated peninsula with her adopted over-protective father Blister, a giant octopus. Their world is threatened by an inexplicable loss of sunlight and when strange snow crystals fall from the sky, Blister recognises their shape is the logo of his old foe, scientist Dr Maybee. He makes Arkie promise she’ll stay hidden inside their treehouse while he investigates, but when an explosion echoes through the trees, Arkie breaks her promise and enters the forest. Rather than danger, she encounters Bunniguru and Egg, two bounty hunters whose skycraft has veered off course. She learns they live in a far away place called the City of Light. Unbeknownst to Arkie they are also part of an expedition sent by Dr Maybee to capture Blister because of his unique ability to regenerate his body. When Arkie returns home she finds their treehouse has been ransacked and Blister has been taken. Afraid and alone Arkie must find the courage to leave the safety of her home to find him. Arkie enters the forest... it’s no longer magical, it’s dark and frightening. She misreads a sign and unwittingly trespasses into a sacred orchard. The punishment is death, Arkie fights to escape – but is protected by a small leaf. When Treedweller, caretaker of the orchard, sees Arkie is being protected by the leaf Treedweller offers to help and guides Arkie in the right direction. Arkie journeys to the City of Light: a city inhabited by intriguing hybrids such as herself. She tries in vain to find Blister. But instead finds Bunniguru. He promises to help, but all is not what it seems and Arkie discovers that this dazzling world is one of great danger. After a series of misadventures where she is betrayed, caught by ruthless hunters and sold to a mysterious veiled woman, The Keeper, Arkie escapes into the dream world of five children, the only children in the world. The children lead her to a laboratory inside Dr Maybee’s tower. Here Arkie not only finds Blister captive, but discovers a terrible truth – that she is one of Dr Maybee’s failed experiments, born from his quest to erase the pain of death and create a new family, bestowing on them the ultimate gift – Immortality. To fulfil her destiny and restore the sun, Arkie must face the dark truth about her origins and realise that her true power lies in her imperfect but unique self....more