One thousand years from now, aliens destroy Earth in fear of the Titan project. Some humans escape, becoming a downtrodden Diaspora, living in impoverished settlements. The mysterious Titan spacecraft also escapes, and its inventor has hidden it before dying. A spacecraft captain and its pilot, Korso and Akima, two humans, seek out Cale, the youthful son of the dead scientist and explain that he must help them find the Titan, which holds a mechanism to unite and save humanity. Cale refuses, but the arrival of the killer aliens persuades him to join Korso. Can he avoid his pursuers, know friend from foe, find the Titan, and embrace his humanity, a nature he has despised until now?Written by
This film is one of four that were originally intended as live-action films: "The Aristocats," "Ultraman: the Legend Begins," "The Stingiest Man in Town," and this one. "The Stingiest Man in Town," the third film on this list, was actually broadcast live and had to be remade as an animated film for copyright purposes. See more »
The map on Cale's hand disappears in some scenes. See more »
They're locking down the doors!
We're not going forward, we're going up.
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The credits for the lead actors are each displayed as a computer readout displaying the actor's name, footage of the character played as well as vital statistics and personal data. See more »
The DVD includes deleted scenes, which, while some are still in pencil form, make the film more complete. They are as follows:
"Green Drink" - This is a longer version of the scene where Cale and Korso discuss the Titan. It includes Cale fixing the broken machine and more dialouge about his father and the Titan.
"Akima's Rescue" - This is another version of the scene where Korso and friends find Akima in the trade area. In this scene, she blows up an alarm and frees all the slaves.
"Ice Crystals- Extended Version" - This is basically an extended version of the famous ice crystals scene. It includes more dialouge between Cale and Akima (in pencil form), and scenes in different angles.
"Alternate Ending" - This is an extended ending where the Drej actually talk (not in subtitles) and more dialouge between Cale and Korso. Most of it is in pencil form, and it ends right after the Drej are destroyed.
Boilerplate story but good characters and incredible visuals
The storyline of TITAN A.E. follows standard mythical canon: unlikely youthful hero from the boondocks is forced to follow his destiny and struggle against overwhelming odds to save his people. No surprises there, to be sure, but God is in the details, and the details is where this film excels. I can't say enough good about the animation and visual artistry--it's the best ever. Hopefully this will raise the bar for animated feature films. After forty-odd years, I have had enough of the formulaic Disney approach.
I would also give TITAN A.E. high marks for acting and for the musical selections in the soundtrack. This film should make a great addition to any enthusiast's DVD library.
I agree that the plot is rather holey, but I was so busy enjoying the film that I didn't notice at the time.
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