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Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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>Walt Disney Pictures
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Animated Characters: Milo James Thatch, Jebidiah Allardyce "Cookie" Farnsworth, Gaetan Moliere (The Mole), Helga Sinclair, Commander Lyle T. Rourke, Preston B. Whitmore, Dr. Joshua Sweet, Kashekim Nedakh (King of Atlantis), Vincenzo "Vinny" Santorini, Audrey Ramirez, Wilhelmina Bertha Packard, Fenton Q. Harcourt, Princess Kidagakash (Princess Kida).
  • Originally Released in 2001.
  • Production Number: MPAA: # 38177
  • TechniColor
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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This was the 41th film in the official Disney list of animated films.

CG Animation.

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With Atlantis, The Lost Empire, give the Disney people some credit for trying to do something a little different- although in this case, it's so different, you often need a scorecard to keep up with the players.

The premise is that at the turn of the century, a lowly museum worker, Milo Thatch (voiced by Michael J. Fox), wants to carry on his grandfather's work in uncovering the lost city of Atlantis. The museum writes him off as a crackpot, but a mysterious benefactor ("Frasier's" John Mahoney) wants to finance an Atlantis expedition and give Milo all the crew and equipment he needs. Eventually, the lost city is uncovered, but the expedition crew discovers that the city's inhabitants have their own reasons for staying lost.

For a cartoon that wants to be novel, this one borrows from a lot of sources. The mysterious benefactor is the same premise that fueled the plot of Contact. The movie is set in 1914, but Milo's crew is reminiscent of the quirky personnel of a World War II movie. And when Atlantis and its reason for being are finally uncovered, it resembles nothing so much as the treasure-filled city in The Road to El Dorado (last year's animated competition from Disney's rival DreamWorks).

But for all that, the movie is most refreshing in that it relies solely on its story to see it through. Surely that can be credited to directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, who garned an Oscar nomination for Beauty and the Beast and then tried for something different in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Here, at last, is an enjoyable Disney cartoon that ditches the snappy show tunes and wisecracking sidekicks- and none too soon.

(Also due credit is co-writer Joss Whedon, Hollywood's hot writer of the moment, who has had a hand in the Toy Story movies and TV's acclaimed "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.")

The action sequences are genuinely thrilling and yet relate plausibly to the story. And the supporting characters are quirky and amusing, particularly Don Novello as a one-track-minded explosives expert.

Atlantis aims for something different. And while it doesn't entirely succeed, it at least breaks free of traditional Disney formula and keeps you interested all the while.

Review By: Steve Bailey



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Not that it was the worst Disney film of recent times, though IMHO the characters are typically overdesigned and overanimated, but I tell you my jaw hit the floor when I saw it. Here is the answer to why Disney hasn't (and now won't ever) release...  (read more)

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This may create alot of arguments towards me, but I believe that Atlantis is the best animated film that Disney has done to date. By taking the risk of moving away from musical format and choosing a more sci-fi/action soundtrack, Disney has created a...  (read more)

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I really enjoyed this movie , it was loads of fun to watch. The animation in this film rivals that of Titan A.E. and Final Fantasy. Disney has come of age with this movie. A must see for any...  (read more)

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