Sunday, April 20, 2014
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
IMDb plot summary: A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.
Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Starring Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, James Garner, and Jacqueline Obradors.
Well, there's a reason this movie has faded away into Disney obscurity. It's not very interesting. It never quite achieves a real sense of adventure, instead choosing to surround us with a fairly annoying (though, I must say, quite ethnically diverse) cast of characters, a mostly nonsensical story, and a lame script. The animation is adequate but not particularly interesting to watch. The movie had such potential -- a story about looking for Atlantis could have been a TON of fun -- so it's sad to see it so poorly handled. And it didn't even have any fun Disney musical numbers to liven it up. I'll tell ya, if Alan Menken had written a few random songs for these characters, that would definitely have helped.
Flickchart: #1756 out of 2109, below Steel Magnolias and above Turner and Hooch.