Shorty and the Legend of the Enchanted Reef

“Legend of the Enchanted Reef” is the first combined Cinema, IMAX/Giant Screen and Fulldome movie by SOFTMACHINE and based on a successful brand – it is the prequel of Kaluoka’hina. It is an imaginative animated adventure for the whole family, that raises awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans. By combining entertainement with educational elements the movie calls attention to the preservation of the unique living environment of coralreefs in a playfull and delightful way.


When their home reef is destroyed by a fishing trawler, three brave fish set out on a quest across the vastly polluted ocean to find the “Enchanted Reef” – a mythical underwater haven free from humans… 

The lively perciform Shorty, his smart sister Indigo and Jake, a daring sawfish, thrive in a bustling and colorful coral reef.One day, out of nothing, an enormous trawl devastates their reef. Our three heroes survive this cataclysm only with great deal of luck. They are forced to leave their destroyed habitat and go on a search for a new and safe home.

“Legend of the Enchanted Reef” is an imaginative and humorous, as well as exciting and touching animated movie for the whole family: the quest of three lovable characters for a safe home reveals the moving beauty of the seas but also their endangerment through massive human impact.

The story combines entertaining and educative elements into a sustainable message about the great importance of our oceans.

Mission: maritime protection

Despite being important for almost all life on earth, coral reefs are currently being threatened worldwide, facing such large-scale degradation, that we have already lost about 27% of the world’s reefs. “The Legend of the Enchanted Reef” raises awareness for the threats for coral reefs and the acuteness of marine conservation.

Discharge and pollution, industrial waste, household garbage, agricultural sources and untreated discharge water place a great burden on the sensible ecosystem of coral reefs. Additionally, elevated surface temperatures caused by worldwide climate change lead to coral bleaching more frequently and ocean acidification (caused by increased amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere) slows the growth rates of corals.

Overfishing and destructive fishing methods lead to damage to both fish stocks and their environment. The problems include dynamite-fishing and trawling. Fishing nets often get stuck in reefs and damage them.

Movie Info

Format:  Fulldome  / Flat  / 4:3 IMAX & Giant Screen Format

Running Times:  66 min (flat) / 43 min / 26 min

Ocean / coral reef / environmental care

Genre:  edutainment – education & entertainment / animation

coral reef  / coral blossom / coral bleaching / marine pollution / destructive fishing / constellations / nature reserve

Message:  awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans / environmental protection / importance of friendship / never give up and follow your believes

Age group: 9+