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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

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


Tab Murphy (screenplay by), Kirk Wise (story by) | 6 more credits »
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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)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and producer Don Hahn worked closely with composer James Newton Howard and had discussions together on what the musical score should be like for Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). It was the joint idea of Trousdale, Wise, and Hahn that Balinese and Gamelan music should be used to create the world and musical themes of the Atlantean civilization. See more »


When Milo is trying to talk to Mr. Harcourt in the beginning of the film, there is an Uncle Sam poster outside. This poster design wasn't seen until 1916 and the US hadn't entered WWI until 1917. This movie takes place in 1914. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

The end credits are roll on a steel background. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the DVD version, there is an alternate prologue in which Vikings from Iceland attempt to find Atlantis but are destroyed by the Leviathan. See more »


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Where the Dream Takes You
Lyrics by Diane Warren
Music by Diane Warren and James Newton Howard
Performed by Mya
Mya appears courtesy of A&M Records
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User Reviews

I went to the premiere, very nice.
7 June 2001 | by Doon PookSee all my reviews

So I had the privilege of attending last night's New York City premiere of Disney's new feature lenght film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire". It was my first premiere and I loved it! It was such a thrill.

Now, onto the review. Disney is taking a huge chance on this movie for a number of reasons. First of all, it is NOT a musical. Much of the Disney name is based on the legendary soundtracks. Initially, I thought that the lack of music would make the movie seem a bit longer and not so Disney. But after seeing it, I thought that the absence of music was a great move. Even though I love such classic songs as "Under the Sea" and "A Friend Like Me", music might have made it a bit too kiddy. Nice job Disney.

Secondly, this movie is PG. It is NOT G and with good reason. There is a good deal of action (and those scenes are better than any part of "Pearl Harbor"). The partially CG, partially animated "Star Wars"-esque dogfights and chases truly are breathtaking, even to an adult. Yes, this movie might frighten some small kids, especially the scene with Leviathan and some of the climactic rumble(s). But overall, the kids in the audience weren't too frightened. The nice mix of humor for kids (and some for the adults too) helped to keep the balance of intense action and light hearted fun.

Lastly, this movie is not "Sleeping Beauty". This is not "Snow White". It isn't "Beauty and the Beast" or "Aladdin". But this is not nessesarily a bad thing. This is like the dark side of "The Little Mermaid." Disney pulled out a couple of the stops but for a reason. Yes, there is a bit of blood. It's not a gauging like the over pretentious "Gladiator", it's enough to convey real emotion. (Milo Thatch, "Atlantis'" main character, has more dimension as a 2-D cartoon than any scene involving Russell Crowe in "Gladiator"). This movie isn't the vibrant end of "Be Our Guest". The darker nature almost made you forget that this was an animated feature. It was very effective and finally someone at Disney realized it isn't all about selling t-shirts and plush toys. Bravo Disney, "Atlantis" surely won't sink

BTW, I got to meet Marty McFly himself, Mr. Michael J. Fox. Great guy, and the premiere did benefit his Parkinson's reasearch Center. Again, bravo to Disney, this was an incredibly generous move on their part.

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Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$329,011, 10 June 2001

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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