Part INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, part 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE marries mythology, futuristic underwater vehicles, and turn-of-the-century adventure for an animated treat. Thanks in part to cowriter Joss Whedon (creator of the edgy BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER series), the film is filled with relaxed wit and more grown-up, pseudo-supernatural perils than some recent Disney films, without being inappropriate for kids. This non-musical extravaganza pits Good against Evil, and pairs a nerdy young scientist-turned-explorer, Milo Thatch (Michael J. Fox), with an independent-minded platinum blond bombshell of a princess, Kida (Cree Summer)--provided Kida's father, the distrusting king (Leonard Nimoy), approves.<BR>Milo, a museum curator relegated to menial jobs, is obsessed with the famed lost empire of Atlantis. His grandfather once told him about a mysterious Shepherd's Journal that could help him find the now-sunken kingdom and, with the help of eccentric millionaire Preston B. Whitmore (John Mahoney), Milo and several other funny, quirky crew members set out on a heart-pounding adventure. The crew includes Vinny, a demolitionist (Don Novello, better known as Father Guido Sarducci); Dr. Sweet, the gentle cook (Phil Morris, a.k.a. Kramer's lawyer on SEINFELD); and a paternal but brusque Captain Rourke (James Garner). The plot is intricate and suspenseful, and artist Mike Mignola (creator of the comic book series HELLBOY) offers up an intense but beautifully simple animated environment as stunning as Queen Amadala's planet in STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE. With monsters like the vicious Leviathan (a mechanical lobster that guards the gates to the city) adding thrills and chills, who could ask for more
|Leading Role:||Claudia Christian, Claudia Christian, Cree Summer, Cree Summer, James Garner, James Garner, John Mahoney, John Mahoney, Leonard Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy, Michael J. Fox, Michael J. Fox|
|Director:||Gary Trousdale, Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Kirk Wise|
|Score Composer:||Diane Waren, James Newton Howard|
Editorial Reviews"...A monumental treat as well as a crafty assemblage of mythologies..."New York Times - p.E13 - Elvis Mitchell (06/08/2001)"...The visuals are a stunning widescreen mix of digital and hand-drawn artwork....The giant waves, monster crustaceans, flame-throwing fireflies and rivers of lava arrive in a furious rush..."USA Today - p.8E - Susan Wloszczyna (06/08/2001)"...[Norvello gives a] marvelously sardonic, world-weary delivery..."Variety - p.17 - Todd McCarthy (06/11/2001)"...The film makes for jolly, fast-paced entertainment....[The] character animation and layout are superbly crafted for the streamlined action..."Hollywood Reporter - p.10-101 - Kirk Honeycutt (06/08/2001)"...An action-sprinkled adventure straight out of Jules Verne....It's a refreshing change of pace..."Box Office - p.59 - Paul Clinton (08/01/2001)"...All of this is vividly rendered by the colourists, who provide a cobalt sea and fiery lava flows as a background..."Sight and Sound - p.40-1 - Keith Reader (11/01/2001)
|Running Time:||95 min.|
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