Kw-logo-smaller

Bionicle: The Legend Reborn :: Interview With Mark Baldo And Maggie Langley

With the creation of his new, mortal body, the Great Spirit Mata Nui must enlist the help of the Agori people to rediscover his powers and find a way back to his old body. Kidzworld chatted about the Bionicle universe with the director Mark Baldo and the Head of Virtual Production, Maggie Langley.


Mere Mortal

At the moment of Mata Nui’s rebirth his body is taken over by his evil brother and the Mask of Light is jettisoned far into space. Now Mata Nui, who was once considered a god-like figure, has been born again as a mortal. “What we wanted to do was make it more accessible to people that weren’t familiar with the bionicle universe,” says the film’s director, Mark Baldo. “You can take the journey with Mata Nui and learn as he learns.”


Voicing A God

“When I read the script, the Mata Nui character was so noble and brave,” says Mark. “The only voice I ever imagined was Michael Doran’s. The way the lines were written reminded me of the character he played in Star Trek, Worf. Worf was a warrior, but he was also very noble and brave and those qualities seemed to fit in the Bionicle universe.”


Building The Perfect Robot

Maggie Langley, the Head of Virtual Production explains the challenge of Bionicle: The Legend Reborn. “It’s a huge story with lots of characters and lots of sets. Managing that volume of work [is tough.]” But Maggie says the narrative comes first. “Even though you can get caught up in the minutiae,” she says, “Telling the story is the main goal.”


Part of Maggie’s job was articulating the moving parts or spinners of each bionicle character. The parts spin quickly when they’re agitated, slowly when they’re relaxed and when they’re knocked out, they stop altogether. “There was a lot of concern about [the spinners] adding a level of technical difficulty to the project,” says Mark. “But Maggie was able to figure out a simple way to execute that. It’s a detail in the film that’s very noticeable and adds a certain level of authenticity to these giant metal robots—really makes you believe that there’s more going on that we can’t see.”


Related Stories:

  • Bionicle The Mask of Light DVD Review
  • Bionicle The Legend Reborn DVD Review
  • Bionicle: Glatorian Legends :: Mata Nui
  • Bionicle LEGO Toy Review
  • 0 Comments

    latest videos

    Lbp_140x100

    Which Toa Does the Mask of Light Become?

    • Toa Lewa!
    • Karda Nui.
    • Toa Ignika.
    • It's a mask, not a Toa.

    related stories

    Entertainment in the forums

    raoul123
    What am i supposed to solve :)
    reply about 12 hours
    Love_dance12
    lunch and dinner when the 100 is negative?
    reply about 13 hours
    -MissLady
    -MissLady posted in Celebs:
    I know that theses two have made mad songs together but we all wonder sometimes, who do people like more.To me they seem like they are friends but they both seem to compete or like be the same and start new trends differently.So what team are you?Team Bey or Team Nicki.
    reply about 16 hours
    hugebear
    What two things can you never eat for breakfast? When is 99 more than 100? I think the first one is the lunch and dinner I dunno the second one [thinks]
    reply 1 day
    hugebear
    "hugebear" wrote: [scratches his head cos he doesnts get it] To Zeus "a second" is a million years. Hehee mkay I gets it now :P thanks xD
    reply 1 day

    play online games