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Worth A Look: 24.24%
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Pretty Bad: 16.67%
Total Crap: 3.03%

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Redefining Disney's trodding ground."
5 stars

A crew assembled of the “best of the best” in their respective professions (i.e., map reading, mechanics, medicine, navigation, etc.) travel via submarine in an attempt to uncover the lost city of Atlantis, a civilization once believed to be centuries ahead of their time (and confirmed in the opening sequence).

The animation is bold and vivid from a focal standpoint, with a pastiche style of individual characters. Each brand of character appears as though they were removed from the products of other animated genres, and while that may pose some stereotypical dilemmas at first, you come to appreciate it more and more throughout the movie. (Examples of the variations: Dr. Sweet looks like he was removed from “Fat Albert,” or the Chicano mechanic is drawn short and plumpy, with thick lips.) But instead of being offended by these differences, it becomes more rewarding because it features and includes the variety of styles represented herein rather than neglecting them. Never has there been so much difference in the construction of the drawn characters within one movie that pleasantly draws attention to itself. (That is, aside from a multitude of animal creations.) Along with their medley, the characters are also quite likable “personalities.” The design of Princess Kida (Cree Summer), the sexy Atlantian who finds herself attracted to the nebbish Milo (Michael J. Fox), is the most salacious animated character in anything non-pornographic (or drawn to suggest such) since Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (And prior to Jessica, it was Tex Avery’s often-featured human companion to Droopy the Dog.) Atlantis is one of the more exciting animated features I’ve ever seen and shows how far Disney has come along. There are no plot-stops that give way for corny sing-a-longs or any musical numbers whatsoever, and absolutely no stupid tag-along creatures; the makers readily admit their motives of appealing to an older audience. This really blows away a lot of Disney’s recent outings like The Emperor’s New Groove, Tarzan, and Pocahontas. It is in no way a letdown from the directing team of Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, who brought us the memorable and classic Beauty and the Beast.

With the vocal talents of James Garner, Leonard Nimoy, Jacqueline Obradors, Florence Stanley, Claudia Christian, John Mahoney and the late Jim Varney.

[Absolutely to be seen.]

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User Comments

9/24/15 WALTER The humans look like refugees from SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS and PINOCCHIO. 5 stars
3/09/13 dr.lao Doesn't really feel like a Disney movie...but who cares?!? 4 stars
10/20/11 Magic A cynical attempt to get teenage boys to watch Disney movies. It's Stargate all over again. 2 stars
4/01/10 Fievel Best Disney offering since THE LION KING. 5 stars
3/23/10 Fievel The characters are hand-drawn similarly to those in SNOW WHITE,PINOCCHIO and FANTASIA. 5 stars
2/21/06 Quigley why bother being blasted with more Disney crap? Disney has sold out BIG TIME! 2 stars
8/18/05 ES Nonsense jeremy this is a fine and entertaining film, far better than hercules and mulan 4 stars
7/18/03 Kelli interesting, unlike most disney movies this requires intelligence! good job disney! 5 stars
7/13/03 WWE HHH-HATE CLUB this was a very good film 4 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper A worthy addition to the Disney animated canon. 5 stars
9/27/02 John McNew Stick to your song-and-dance numbers Disney, they're more fun... 3 stars
8/17/02 Andrew Patrick This PG Movie Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This Movie kicks butt!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/26/02 Charles Tatum Better than "Shrek," but so are your home movies 4 stars
2/14/02 baby satan YOU ARE THE ONES WHO ARE THE BALL-LICKERS! 5 stars
2/11/02 Cat This was good!! 4 stars
11/01/01 Mariel Lynch This is a really good movie i don't know critics say its bad. 5 stars
10/10/01 Mark Miles Wonderful animation and somewhat inventive storyline 5 stars
10/10/01 Andrew Carden Extremly Confusing and Unexciting Cartoon. 2 stars
9/27/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My first favourite Disney film... IT RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/27/01 everybodiesmom very enjoyable, I really liked it and Im well over 40 4 stars
9/27/01 no one Well, I liked it. 5 stars
9/27/01 Lefty Great graphics and story held both my 4 yr old's and my attention 5 stars
9/25/01 viking You're a fool, Erik. At least it has a story to compliment the animation 5 stars
9/18/01 Alvaro Sensational Animation 5 stars
8/19/01 miyax Disney should just give up while they still have a chance 1 stars
8/05/01 Moira Best damn animated film I've seen by an American company: Intelligent, sophisticated, funny 5 stars
7/15/01 Rampage at least it beat Pokemon: The Movie 3 5 stars
7/13/01 ALEXIS this movie kick butt 5 stars
7/08/01 the scarecrow It was amusing but there were too many plot points left unanswered. 2 stars
7/01/01 Roy Smith Stargate II - The Animation Version. Plus Michael J is annoying + the animation is uneven. 3 stars
7/01/01 gloria interesting, funny, enjoyable 4 stars
6/29/01 Geebo Very enjoyable, more so than anything else in theaters right now. That girl was hott. 5 stars
6/27/01 John Y No talking animals and no silly musical numbers - What A Relief! 5 stars
6/27/01 Mario Better than Groove? No way! But worth it for the cool scenes and deep backstories. 4 stars
6/20/01 Hentai Not as good as earlier Disney classics but an enjoyable experiment. Very good on its own 5 stars
6/20/01 Jenni Beautifully drawn. Better story than most Disney films and I should know. 5 stars
6/17/01 Michael pretty good 4 stars
6/17/01 Anne For a kid's movie pretty good. But didn't you have the feeling it was missing heart? 4 stars
6/17/01 Coda Only worth the throw-away jokes, which is a bad sign. Maybe the toys will be cool. 3 stars
6/16/01 J Sorry Erik but I am going with Eric on this one. A very excellent movie. 5 stars
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  15-Jun-2001 (PG)


  20-Sep-2001 (G)

Directed by
  Gary Trousdale
  Kirk Wise

Written by
  Tab Murphy

  Michael J. Fox
  Jim Varney
  James Garner
  John Mahoney
  Leonard Nimoy
  Don Novello

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