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Atlantis - The Lost Empire
Atlantis - The Lost Empire - The Lost Empire (2001)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Michael J. Fox Milo James Thatch
Corey Burton Gaetan 'The Mole' Moliere
Claudia Christian Helga Katrina Sinclair
James Garner Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke
John Mahoney Preston B. Whitmore
Phil Morris Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet
Leonard Nimoy King Kashekim Nedakh
Don Novello Vincenzo 'Vinny' Santorini
Jacqueline Obradors Audrey Rocio Ramirez
Florence Stanley Wilhelmina Bertha Packard
Movie Details
Genre Animation; Sci-Fi; Fantasy; Adventure; Action
Director Kirk Wise; Gary Trousdale
Producer Don Hahn; Kendra Halland
Writer Tab Murphy; Platon
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 95 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.3
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

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 680
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/5/2006
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 786936166095
Chapters 19
Release Date 1/29/2002
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Audio Commentary - With Producer Don Hahn and Director's Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale
Deleted Scene: Viking Prologue
DisneyPedia Atlantis: Fact or Fiction - Fun and Interesting Theories About the Lost Continent of Atlantis
Virtual Tours Of CG Models - 3-D Turnarounds of the Ulysses Submarine and Leviathan
How To Speak Atlantean - With the Famous Linguist who Developed the Atlantean Language