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Story

The Disney Studio was built on innovation in animation, so it seems ironic that Atlantis is both a bold departure and highly derivative, borrowing heavily from anime, video games, and graphic novels. Instead of songs and fuzzy little animals, the artists offer an action-adventure set in 1914: nerdy linguist Milo Thatch (Michael J. Fox) believes he's found the location of the legendary Lost Continent. An eccentric zillionaire sends Milo out to test his hypothesis with an anachronistic crew that includes tough Puerto Rican mechanic Audrey (Jacqueline Obradors), demolition expert Vinnie (Don Novello), and butt-kicking blond adventurer Helga (Claudia Christian). When they find Atlantis, its culture is dying because the people can no longer read the runes that explain their mysterious power source--but Milo can. Nasty Commander Rourke (James Garner) attempts to steal that power source, leading to the requisite all-out battle.

Atlantis offers some nifty battle scenes, including an attack on a Jules Verne-esque submarine by a giant robotic trilobite and fishlike flying cars. But the film suffers from major story problems. If Princess Kida (Cree Summer) remembers her civilization at its height, why can't she read the runes? Why doesn't Milo's crew notice that the Atlanteans live for centuries? The angular designs are based on the work of comic book artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy), and the artists struggle with the characters' stubby hands, skinny limbs, and pointed jaws. The result is a film that will appeal more to 10-year-old boys than to family audiences.

Suitable for ages 8 and up: violence, scary imagery, tobacco use, and a difficult-to-follow story. --Charles Solomon

DVD Features

Disc 1:
  • Visual Commentary - Go behind-the-scenes with the Producer and Directors and see additional footage on the "making of" process
  • DisneyPedia Atlantis: Fact or Fiction - Fun and interesting theories about the lost continent of Atlantis
    Disc 2:
  • Multiple Platform Navigational Systems (3-D Menus with 3 Viewing Modes):
  • - Explore Mode: Tour the 3-D environment of the Ulysses Submarine and select menu options
  • - Tour Mode: Enjoy all bonus features as one continuous program
  • - Files Mode: Rapid Navigation - Every Bonus feature listed in sequential order
  • Deleted Scene: Viking Prologue
  • Virtual Tours Of CG Models - 3D Model turnarounds including the Ulysses Submarine, Leviathan and Shepherd's Journal
  • Whitmore Industries Industrial Film - Meet the benefactor who made the expedition possible
  • "How to Speak Atlantean" - With the famous linguist who developed the Atlantean language
  • History
  • Story & Editorial
  • Abandoned Sequences
  • Art Direction
  • Animation Production
  • Character Designs
  • Music & Sound Design
  • Publicity
  • And Much, Much More!

    Cast

    Michael J. Fox
    John Mahoney
    Jim Varney
    James Garner
    Leonard Nimoy
    Jacqueline Obradors

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    arman50 and 4 others watched Atlantis - The Lost Empire
    I like the movie a lot. The sequel, Milo's Return, being Direct to DVD....Well, it is a couple tiers below in animation quality ~_~ AtlantisTheLostEmpire
    • Genre: Animated Movies
    • Director: Kirk Wise
    • Producer: Buena Vista
    • Length: 95 min
    • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
    • Theatrical Release
      North AmericaJun 15, 2001
      EuropeOct 19, 2001
      JapanDec 8, 2001
      AustraliaSep 20, 2001
    • Ratings
      North AmericaPG
      EuropeU
      AustraliaPG
    • DVD Release
      North AmericaJan 29, 2002
      EuropeMar 4, 2002
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