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The Buzz:

        One of those Disney films from our childhood that flopped in the box office, but we all seem to remember fondly, Atlantis follows one Milo Thatch as he seeks to uncover the lost continent from legend. He meets up with an old friend of his grandfather's, who funds his expedition and provides an expert crew of explorers to aid him in his quest.

 

 Life of the Party:

        In all honesty, I'd have to say this movie only failed because it came out too soon. If this film had come out when steam-punk was more of a thing, Atlantis probably would have had much more success than it did. The voice-acting is near top-notch (with Michael J. Fox voicing the lead character), the animation is good (I'd compare it to Road to El Dorado, another of my favorites which came out the year before), and the story interesting. And the various characters, much like most Disney films, are what make this movie (with Vinney the explosives guy my favorite by far).  And most of all, it's still funny; even as a grown man (though that point can still be debated), this movie had me laughing most of the way through.  The humor, like most good animated family films, is low-brow enough to be appreciated by kids (without, thank God, resorting to body-humor), and has some references that'll go right over their heads, but have the older members of the audience laughing too.

 

Not shown: the disturbing amount of near-pornographic fan-art on Google images

Potential Hangovers:

        First off, this next point could end up as a positive for some of you, but anyone who says this is a family film needs to refresh themselves on that definition. Before they even reach the lost continent, DOZENS, probably HUNDREDS die from drowning, explosions, laser beams, and/or crushing forces. And sure you see almost none of it (it's all off “camera”), but the subject matter of much of this film is much more mature than I imagine some would find appropriate for most “family-films.” Though I'm hardly one to judge, considering I was a fan of the Alien trilogy at the age of three (no joke). Also, most of Act III makes NO sense whatsoever. I'm still trying to figure out the whole thing with the big crystal at the end and how/why that works like it does.

 

These things LOVE the smell of cooked human flesh in the morning

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Family Viewing, Solo Experience

        All in all, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a great film that is worthy of your time and attention. I see it equally being at home during your animation/Disney/family-film night (despite my initial comments in the last section), or enjoyed alone during an evening. Much like Titan A.E., don't let its troubled past turn you away from this little gem.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Good animation and voice-acting

+ Memorable characters

+/- Slightly more mature than most family-films

- Act III makes no sense

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