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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

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A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Burton ... Moliere (voice)
Claudia Christian ... Helga (voice)
Michael J. Fox ... Milo (voice)
James Garner ... Rourke (voice)
John Mahoney ... Preston Whitmore (voice)
Phil Morris ... Dr. Sweet (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Atlantean King (voice)
Don Novello ... Vinny (voice)
Jacqueline Obradors ... Audrey (voice)
Florence Stanley ... Mrs. Packard (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... Mr. Harcourt (voice)
Natalie Strom Natalie Strom ... Young Kida (voice)
Cree Summer ... Princess Kida (voice)
Jim Varney ... Cookie (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

1914: Milo Thatch, grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs someone to fund a voyage. His employer thinks he's dotty, and refuses to fund any crazy idea. He returns home to his apartment and finds a woman there. She takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his Grandfathers. He gives him the shepherds journal, a submarine and a 5 star crew. They travel through the Atlantic ocean, face a large lobster called the Leviathan, and finally get to Atlantis. But does the Atlantis crew have a lust for discovery, or something else? Written by <laserwatch007@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlantis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$329,011, 10 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,052,762, 30 December 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$186,053,000
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Color

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1.66 : 1
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In spite of the fact that Kida is a princess, she does not take part in the Disney Princess World See more »

Goofs

When Milo is rehearsing his proposal in the museum basement, he rubs against the chalkboard and wipes the map he drew onto his clothes. He then stands in front of the chalkboard and the chalk map on his clothes matches the missing part of the map, when in fact it should be a mirror image. See more »

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On Screen Text: [the text that appears on screen] "... in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea." - Plato, 360 B.C.
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On TV airings, scenes of Mrs. Packard smoking are cut. See more »

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Atlantis 2002
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Well, I liked it!
14 February 2002 | by La GremlinSee all my reviews

Here's what I knew about "Atlantis" before watching it:

* - It's officially Disney's first animated sci-fi adventure. I'm not sure how accurate that is (I like to nitpick) but it made me curious first time I heard it described.

* - The preview looked, for the most part, damn cool. Evidently, it was also "too cryptic" according to some critics after the fact.

* - It apparently did SO badly that Disney said, "Screw it, let's re-release 'Spy Kids'".

So, with all that said, how is the movie?

Hella-cool.

I'm a sucker for animated fantasy that involves stirring music and rampant special effects anyway, but "Atlantis" goes all out. It's a throwback to all the CGI eye-candy shots in "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin", so much so that it's almost an effects animator's Best-Of Show. The characters maybe aren't that memorable (except, perhaps, for the ship's medical officer), and the plot's a little dull, but this isn't a movie you watch for the plot.

Here's a controversy that bothers me. The "failure" (as in, it "only" took in, like, five-hundred-million or something; I know animators who'd kill to see fifteen bucks of that) of this movie compared to the popularity of "Shrek" and "Monsters Inc." has been seen as evidence of the death of traditional animation. I don't think that's true. How do you account for the "South Park" movie? What about "Final Fantasy"? Really, the story and the artistry is everything, not the method. I don't know what Disney's comeback movie will be like, but I don't think they're out of the picture yet.


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