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I love movies like this. Movies that explore new places with new ideas,
people, and images. The excitement of finding a long lost city is
salivating to me, and "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" attempts, and
adequately succeeds, to create this adventurous spirit.
Milo Thatch (Michael J. Fox) is a wannabe adventurer who is stuck in a job fixing the boiler at a museum. He thinks he knows how to find the lost city of Atlantis, but is scoffed at by the museum curators. Then he is contacted by Preston Whitmore (John Mahoney) who offers him to lead a fully funded expedition to find the lost city.
The voice talents are solid. I don't think there was any other choice for the role of Milo than Michael J. Fox. Fox's breaking voice and his ability to portray geeky eagerness and absolute shock are perfect for the character. James Garner is also effective as Rourke, the head muscle of the expedition. Rourke is a genial guy, but his motives may not be what they appear to be. Special mention has to go to Claudia Christian, who is excellent as the dangerously beautiful Helga, Rourke's right hand.
This film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and produced by Don Hahn. These three were behind the production of "Beauty and the Beast," the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Although this is a good film and I definitely recommend it, it's something of a let down. The problem isn't the story or the characters, it's the animation. It's so crude that it's almost an insult to call it a Disney movie. For Saturday morning cartoons, it would be acceptable. But for a full-length theatrically released movie, it's shocking. Audiences who paid good money to see this in the theater and who are expecting something along the lines of "The Lion King," or even "Hercules," deserve better.
Nevertheless, this is a fun movie for the whole family. Maybe not the little ones because there is some violence and action, but for those in grade school, it should be a great time.
I have to say I enjoyed this movie all the way through. The acting is
good, the script well done, the animation is classic and the production
values what we come to expect from Disney.
Thank the Powers that Be that they didn't have to sing any songs in this movie. I've really gotten tired of that old shtick, and thankfully Disney does without it this time.
First class actors in this movie do a great job with their characters.
The story rolls along as a group of explorers set about finding Atlantis. They manage it but it turns out most of them are after Atlantis' "wealth" before anything else, including worrying about the paltry lives of the Atlantians.
Our hero (played by Michael J Fox) must convince as many of the crew as he can to change sides and help him save Atlantis.
So, it's not too deep of a story, but it's a fun movie with a few laughs and the story moves right along. I sure enjoyed watching it, and I'm also sure any animation lovers out there will enjoy it just as much. The kids will love it.
Go see it right now.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire has some of the best, smoothest animation and cleverly written dialogue of any Disney movie I've seen. And I was convinced of that in the first 15 minutes. I especially love Don Novello's voice work on Vincenzo Santorini and Phil Morris as Joshua Strongbear Sweet. Too bad the whole film seems to move at about double the pace that would be appropriate - at least in the first act. One important aspect of any Disney movie is a satisfying antagonist - which Atlantis doesn't provide. He's average at best. Halfway through the movie there's a mediocre twist. That's all. It's a great movie nevertheless. Everyone should check it out.
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Grand action adventure from Disney concerns the search for the lost continent of Atlantis. Atypical from most animated films from the Mouse House made around the time in that there is nary a song anywhere to be found. Instead its simply great adventure as Milo (voiced by Michael J Fox)leads a team in a submarine into the depths and into the center of the earth. Its a rip roaring film thats high on adventure. I think this is one of the best films that Disney put out, but I'm skewed toward the non musicals with the much maligned Rescuers Down Under being another one of my favorites. Think of it as a film in the grand tradition of Gunga Din or Journey to the Center of the Earth or even King Solomons Mines. Its a boys own adventure (though girls will like it) and a great deal of fun for those looking for adventure and not too much goofy kids stuff.
I love this movie! I first saw it when it premiered on ABC's Wonderful World of Disney in 2003 and from the opening scene to its unbelievable edge of your seat climactic battle, I was hooked and I knew this was one I must add to my movie collection. It is one of my favorite animated movies for the following reasons: has a great plot, amazing action(enough to give it a PG rating), fantastic scenery, and a compelling music score(the best since "The Lion King") that takes you through the story. I recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of Disney, looking for a movie to watch with the whole family, or just looking for a good adventure flick. This was my first movie review and I will be reviewing more Disney films very soon. My rating for Atlantis:The Lost Empire 9/10!
I thought Atlantis The Lost Empire was a wonderful animated movie. I was just totally blown away with it when I saw it in theaters back in 2001. In the movie Milo Thatch(Michael J. Fox) wants to find the lost content of Atlantis. After he quits his job at the Museum Milo goes to Preston B. Whitmore(John Mahoney) and gets an expedidition to find Atlantis led by Commander Rourke(academy award winner James Garner). The crew incluedes Mole(Corey Burton), Vinny(Don Novello), Audrey(Jacqueline Obradors), Joshua Sweet(Phil Morris), Helga(Claudia Christian), Mrs. Packard(Florence Stanley), and Cookie(the late Jim Varney). When they reach Atlantis they meet Princess Kida(Cree Summer) who shows Milo around and the King(Leonard Nimoy) Milo soon learns that the crystal they were looking for in Atlantis is their life and learns that Rourke and Helga are planning to steal it and sale it! After they kidnap the Princess Milo and the rest of the crew go after and stop Rourke and Helga and save Princess Kida and Atlantis. The crew returns home and tells Whitmore they didn't find anything while Milo stays behind in Atlantis with Kida. Filled with wonderful animation, characters, and story Atlantis is a true movie the whole family can enjoy! I know me and my family have enjoyed it! I think the two best actors in the movie were Leonard Nimoy the voice of the King and Jim Varney the voice of Cookie who died a year before the films release. Atlantis The Lost Empire is a true family film that the whole family can enjoy without a doubt! 10 out of 10.
"Atlantis: the Lost Empire" works new territory for Disney animated features. It treads the heels of Disney's live action adventure films like "20,000 Leagues under the Sea", but for animation, it's a path Disney hasn't gone before. The animation is as fine as ever, with the opening sequence where Atlantis gets submerged by the waves a laudable effort. Unfortunately, adults can only take the central premise in "Atlantis" with that much pinch of salt. Do you really believe that a few thousand years ago, Atlanteans were able to harness the power of flight and electricity? That, as many years ago, the word "Iceland" exists (in Atlantean language)? How do you "master" a language that isn't preserved at all in any form? If you can swallow some of these incredible premises, then you can take yourself on a journey that is mostly enjoyable fun as most RPG/adventure games are out there. Also, the THX-certified soundtrack adds a lot to the excitement and the thrill. Just be warned that the technology seems very advanced for 1914, probably even more so than in the early 21st century! (They actually have headphones way back in 1914!)
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When this movie first came out, I was hesitant about watching it. I
thought it would be like every other Disney movie I'd seen: an
overly-gorgeous "princess" would be in danger, or someone close to her
would, and it was up to the handsome young "prince to save the day. I
was pleasantly surprised. The hero was instead a clumsy nerd who
managed to save an entire civilization AND get the girl, a tribal-style
woman who could fight for herself. Another thing that won me over was
that there was no major love scene. The two never got mushy, but
instead had a strong bond that formed from helping one another. I would
recommend this movie to anyone who has a yearning for something
different, non-traditional, and with a crud-load of explosions and
It's also good to see a nerd get a tattoo.
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Forced to buy this- I just yawned at the start. Thinking - right more singing, happiness and happily ever afters. WRONG!! After 10 minuets i see fighting, death, water and things that scared my little cousin to death- what the hell? This is not a Disney movie! There was absolutely NO warning about all the hell raised death and fighting. Guns, Guns, Guns. I would rather rate this a 12! Tomb raider now looks a Disney movie after seeing this. If you are planning to let little children to see this I wouldn't. Unless you want them to have nightmares. I would like to comment on Atlantis 2, but thats another review for me to write.
I don't care what anyone says: THE CONTEMPORARY Disney MOVIES ARE GOOD!
It's very fashionable to say that all Disney movies after Walt's death
have sucked and that the "Disney Renaissance" of the
late-eighties/early-nineties resulted in but a few flukes. And the box
office returns of some of these movies seem very supportive of that
fact. But that's not the fault of the movies themselves: It's Eisner's
fault! He's been trying to undermine the values and ideals of Disney
since he got the job in 1984. As I write these words, he's working on
a) eliminating all cell-animated movies, b) cutting back or shutting
down altogether the live action film company and c) focusing on ABC TV
and the theme parks. Why? Because they make more money.
The quality of these films is not declining. If anything, they're becoming more sophisticated and that marriage of traditional values in storytelling and contemporary comedy is working out much better.
As an example, I give you "Atlantis." Here is a very original story, which cleverly incorporates CG graphics into an otherwise entirely cell-animated movie and manages to portray dark aspects and big action just as expertly as comedy.
A stellar cast, led by Michael J. Fox, helps the movie character to seem more believable, and not just funny drawings. Wisely deciding that not every animated film has to be a musical, there are no annoyingly optimistic songs to ruin the mood.
This movie is noteworthy if for no other reason than Jim Varney gave what would be his last performance as the voice of Cookie, the...well, the cook.
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