Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise direct Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer and James Garner in the animated sci-fi adventure where a team of steampunk explorers seek the treasures of a city consumed by the oceans.

After Aladdin and Tarzan, Disney attempted a hard lurch into boy’s own juvenile action. The designs are a winning mash-up of Jules Verne, Anime and Mike Mignola… the latter of whom served as a design consultant on the project. Some of the animation is bit rougher than the lustrous 90s’ peaks of the Disney renaissance. The Princess here is genuinely kick ass… but not the focus. There’s no songs or comedy sidekick talking animals. It all feels like an extended pilot for a decent Saturday morning cartoon, only one where lots of henchmen and background characters die. While there’s nothing wrong with that, Atlantis does underwhelm, squandering the event movie magic that the Mouse House had managed to build up in its combo bar with every release since Beauty And The Beast. You can either view it as a quirky experiment or the beginning of the end for traditional hand drawn animated blockbusters.


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