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'''Bionicle: The Legend Reborn''', or sometimes more appropriately called '''Bionicle 4: The Legend Reborn''', is a [[direct-to-DVD]] [[sequel]] to the Bionicle films based on the [[Bionicle]] toys. It was released on September 15, 2009 in the United States and Canada, October 5, 2009 in the United Kingdom and September 2, 2009 in Australia. It is the last Bionicle movie released, with its possible sequel Bionicle 5 being scrapped.
 
'''Bionicle: The Legend Reborn''', or sometimes more appropriately called '''Bionicle 4: The Legend Reborn''', is a [[direct-to-DVD]] [[sequel]] to the Bionicle films based on the [[Bionicle]] toys. It was released on September 15, 2009 in the United States and Canada, October 5, 2009 in the United Kingdom and September 2, 2009 in Australia. It is the last Bionicle movie released, with its possible sequel Bionicle 5 being scrapped.
   
The film stars [[Michael Dorn]] as the voice of Mata Nui.
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The film stars [[Michael Dorn]], [[Jim Cummings]], [[Marla Sokoloff]], [[Mark Famiglietti]], [[David Leisure]], and [[James Arnold Taylor]].
   
 
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BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn
Bionicle The Legend Reborn cover big.png
Directed by Mark Baldo
Produced by Kristy Scanlan
Joshua Wexler
Written by Sean Catherine Derek
Starring Michael Dorn
Jim Cummings
Marla Sokoloff
David Leisure
James Arnold Taylor
Mark Famiglietti
Armin Shimerman
Music by John D'Andrea
Edited by Aeolyn Kelley
Production
company
Distributed by LEGO Productions
Universal Home Entertainment
Release date

United States 15 September 2009 Australia 2 September 2009

United Kingdom 5th October 2009
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English, French, Spanish

Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, or sometimes more appropriately called Bionicle 4: The Legend Reborn, is a direct-to-DVD sequel to the Bionicle films based on the Bionicle toys. It was released on September 15, 2009 in the United States and Canada, October 5, 2009 in the United Kingdom and September 2, 2009 in Australia. It is the last Bionicle movie released, with its possible sequel Bionicle 5 being scrapped.

The film stars Michael Dorn, Jim Cummings, Marla Sokoloff, Mark Famiglietti, David Leisure, and James Arnold Taylor.

Plot

Mata Nui (Michael Dorn), the Great Spirit of the Matoran universe on Aqua Magna, has been exiled from his home by his 'brother', the evil Makuta Teridax. Teridax took over his gigantic robot body and placed his spirit inside the legendary Mask of Life that has been recently sought after by friend and foe alike. Teridax then banishes the mask into orbit in order to prevent Mata Nui from interfering with his takeover of the Matoran Universe as well as the mask's apocalypse countdown. The mask crash lands on a planet called Bara Magna, a remote, decaying wasteland of scrap parts and burnished metals. A desert junkyard. A swarm of Scarabax Beetles go towards the mask, touch it, and flee, all except for one. The mask creates a body for Mata Nui and he picks up the Scarabax, who touches his mask. It turns into a shield containing the eyes of the beetle. A humanoid scorpion called a Vorox attacks Mata Nui, and he breaks off the creature's tail in the process with the Scarabax Shield. He picks up the tail as a vehicle carrying a villager named Metus (David Leisure) shows up.

The fast-talking Glatorian recruiter takes Mata Nui to Vulcanus as he tells the once ruler about life on Bara Magna. Local villages scavenge for what remains, building shelters, survival gear and ultimately arenas where they can settle their disputes. Pitting the best gladiator in each village against one another, tribes can quickly end quarrels based on the outcome of the fight. Metus introduces Mata Nui to Raanu (Armin Shimerman), the Agori leader of Vulcanus, who is too interested in the fight between Veteren fighter Strakk (Jeff Glen Bennett) and Vulcanus' prime Glatorian, Ackar (Jim Cummings), to talk. Strakk eventually falls in battle, but gets up and fells Ackar after conceding, a move that got him banned from the fights. Mata Nui intervenes and gets beaten down by the angry Strakk. Using the broken Vorox tail to defend his face, the mask transforms the tail into a sword. Mata Nui gets up and quickly disarms the surprised Strakk, gaining Ackar as a friend in the process.

Metus sees this and later tries to hire Mata Nui, who refuses. Ackar introduces the hero to Kiina (Marla Sokoloff), a feisty Glatorian from the village of Tajun. In exchange for showing the two Glatorians a secret cavern underneath Tajun, Kiina would like to leave Bara Magna with Mata Nui, believing that anywhere is better than her native planet. On their way to Tajun, the three Glatorians get ambushed by a giant scorpion called Skopio, and a pack of Bone Hunters, who were told the Glatorian's location by an Agori traitor. Together, the Glatorians trap the Skopio and Bone Hunters under a rockslide and make it to Tajun safely. The village has been raided by the combined efforts of the formidable Skrall army and the Bone Hunters. A Glatorian rookie, Gresh (Mark Famiglietti), had been trying to defend the village and needs to be repaired. Kiina takes the party to the Great Beings' secret lair where they meet Berix (James Arnold Taylor), a "thief" and suspected traitor. Kiina is the only one who is sure that Berix is the traitor. Kiina also believes that Berix is a thief. Berix is always outraged by this and constantly corrects Kiina, saying that he's a "collector", not a thief. While Berix fixes Gresh, the other three discover an underground secret lab containing a picture of the robot that the Makuta currently inhabits now, and Mata Nui states that they are "on the right track."

As the Glatorians leave, they complain about their weapons being damaged. Mata Nui holds them up to his mask and they transform into more powerful ones. Each weapon can now channel an element from it. Ackar: fire, Kiina: water, Gresh: air. The three practice their newfound powers as they travel to Gresh's village, Tesara, while Ackar teaches Mata Nui to stay alert in battle and to study and find his opponent's weakness. To the protests of Raanu and Metus, the four Glatorian stop a fight between Vastus (James Arnold Taylor) and Tarix (Jeff Glen Bennett), telling the crowd of Agori that they must unite their villages and the Glatorians must unite against the threat of the Skrall--Bone Hunter alliance. Mata Nui proves his worth to the crowd by transforming Tarix and Vastus' weapons, and then they believe the four Glatorians' plea for help.

In the Hot Springs not too far from Tesara, Kiina follows a mysterious figure. It turns out to be Berix. Kiina is now convinced that Berix is the traitor. But then, the actual traitor corrects Kiina. The two are then captured by the Bone Hunters and the true traitor. Back in Tesara, Raanu and Metus alert the Glatorian about Kiina and Berix's kidnapping. Mata Nui ignores Ackar's and Gresh's assistance to help and sets off for the Skrall camp on his own.

Kiina and Berix are held up high in a cage near the mouth of a cave. They decide that they will share the cavern underneath Tajun as a secret place to have in times of stress. Mata Nui approaches Tuma (Fred Tatasciore), the Skrall leader, and challenges him to a one-on-one fight. Tuma knocks him down, boasting his "mightiness" to the horde of Skrall and Bone Hunters ringing the Skrall Arena. Mata Nui then uses Ackar's teachings to find a weakness in Tuma's back and attacks it with fervor, felling Tuma in three blows to the back. As he claims Tuma's shield in victory, the traitor and true leader of the Skrall appears: Metus. He explains that he got the nomads and the Skrall to unite under him to Mata Nui, Kiina, and Berix. He tells the Skrall and Bone Hunters to kill off the three, but they are attacked by a monster comprised of a horde of Scarabax Beetles . A backup squad of Agori and Glatorian arrive, and together, they fight back with vigor, first freeing Kiina and Berix.

Mata Nui sees Metus fleeing in his vehicle and follows him. Fortunately for Mata Nui, some unchained and vengeful Vorox overturn Metus' chariot, tumbling him to the feet of Mata Nui. Mata Nui picks him up and presses him to his mask, turning Metus into a snake, a representation of what he truly is. As he slithers away, he mentions that his united army cannot be defeated. Realizing this to be the key to winning, he has the Glatorians combine their powers against the waves of Skrall and Bone Hunters. As the defeated army flees, the Glatorians rejoice except for Kiina, who has thought Berix to be killed in battle. She finds him under a pile of rocks holding a Skrall shield. The battle for Bara Magna has been won.

As the Glatorians and Berix watch the combined efforts of the Agori and the Scarabax Beetles pulling the villages together, they notice that the completed villages look like a large robotic body, similar to the one that Mata Nui's spirit once inhabited. To further this, Berix pulls out a coin with the Unity-Duty-Destiny symbol, the Bara Magna symbol, and the Mask of Life symbol on one side, and the Skrall symbol on the other. Berix also pulls out the Skrall shield and deduces that they are both similar to each other and that the mazelike symbol forms a map. With this information in hand, Ackar, Kiina, Gresh, and Berix prepare to set off for their next adventure with a legend... reborn.

Bonus Features

  • Extended Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Bye Bye Babylon" Music Video by Cryoshell
  • Character Gallery.
  • TV spots

Music

There are two licensed songs used in the ending credits of the movie. They are:

Cast

Production

Reception

Trivia

  • Unlike the previous three Bionicle films, The Legend Reborn was distributed by Tinseltown Toons instead of Miramax Films.
  • The island of Mata Nui as seen in the film is non-canon; in the storyline, it had become a barren wasteland due to the Bohrok swarms' activity (in fact, this was needed for the Mata Nui robot to stand upwards).[1]
  • The movie's intro features the Mask of Life flying out of an entire galaxy from Aqua Magna to Bara Magna. In Bionicle canon, the former is simply a moon of the latter, and would actually take much less time than the opening credits appear to depict. According to Greg Farshtey, the author of the Bionicle comics, this is because of a change in canon shortly before the film's release.

References

  1. ^ bioniclestory.com, Gali Nuva's Blog, official web serial

External links