1)Ian has both a decidedly creepy side to his mental workings, and way too much time on his hands.
2)Given the right lighting, accessories, and aforementioned bored and creepy-minded father, even the world's most adorable and benevolent soul can be made to look sinister.
P.S. I know that the poster says that this movie will be coming out this spring, but no. Sorry, but Max is not actually starring in a movie called Orbmaster. To my knowledge, no such film exists, and it is hard to imagine an entire movie's worth of plot revolving around a young boy's possession of a battery-operated glowing ball. Not that lack of plot necessarily stops people, but still.