Atlantis - The Lost Empire details
|Starring:||John Mahone, Claudia Christian, John Mahon, John Mahoney, Leonard Nimoy, James Arnold Taylor, Jacqueline Obradors, Corey Burton, Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Cree Summer, Don Novello /|
|Directors:||Toby Shelton / Victor, Toby Shelton / Victor Cook, Toby Shelton / Victor Cook / Tad Stones|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Animated, Children, Family|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO|
|Collection:||Award Winners, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Family Faves, Family Films, For Kids, Highest Rated, Holiday Viewing, Our Instant Picks|
Atlantis - The Lost Empire
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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superb family filmBy williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 21 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]this dvd is superb. Milo Thatch ( voiced by Michael J. Fox), is a historian and adventure seeker, who has been searching for the lost continent of Atlantis for years.
Being aided financially with a crew that is well equiped, and the expertise of the leader of the expedition Commander Rourke (voiced by James Garner), Milo searches for the continent, braving obstacles set in place to dissuade travellers, such as the giant kraken, that guards the entrance to an undersea cave.
After the encounter with the creature, the expedition is severely reduced.
Fortunately Milo is quite knowledgeable, and eventually the crew reach the lost city and meet Kida, the King's daughter who along with Milo, tries to solve a mystery involving the city, and rescue it from those who want to exploit the city itself.
Soon Milo, finds himself at odds with Commander Rourke, and other members of the crew, as they reveal the real purpose they came to Atlantis.
Will Milo and the Atlanteans survive the catastrophe that is about to occur?
and will Milo and the beautiful Atlantean - Kida fall in love?
watch this fantastic film to find out.
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Darker than the Usual Disney Fare.By ollivetti (47 reviews) from Tonbridge , 21 Feb 2011On its release in 2001, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, did not gain many favourable reviews with one critic saying it contained breathtaking animation in service of a story that doesn't hold enough water to drown a rat much less a civilization.
Atlantis straddles a dry couple of years for Disney with the (under-rated) Emperors New Groove released in 2000 and the disappointing Treasure Planet in 2002. Atlantis does not shine like the best of the Disney output and there are obvious reasons for this in addition to some strange character choices and darker story elements.
The story is a simple one: a downtrodden museum janitor follows in the footsteps of his grandfather by searching for the lost city of Atlantis. He joins a motley crew of adventurers with various weapons and technology at their disposal and discovers a dying land whose people have lost the knowledge for their race to continue.
The thing that strikes you first is that Atlantis has some lovely visuals. It is unmistakably Disney and yet makes use of CGI for many of the vehicles and machines in the film. The production design is impressive and quite often takes on a stylised film noir feel (most notably Milos first meeting with Helga) with generous use of shadow and backlighting. Atlantis itself is rich and colourful with some nice visuals relating to the murals and carvings scattered around the city. The life force of the Atlanteans seems to be manifested by a glowing blue light that illuminates said carvings when things are activated and this is a lovely motif that recurs throughout the story.
Although the film looks good, it is the characters in Atlantis that present the problems for me. Milo is fine as our bumbling hero and is nicely voiced by Michael J Fox although he doesnt have to stretch himself and the old man who finances the trip is standard Disney fare. It is the crew of adventurers whose mission it is to find the lost city that seem out of place and would perhaps be more at home in a Manga anime.. It is said that Disney wanted this film to be more of an action adventure and were actively aiming at the teenage audience who may well have been put off by the fairytale sentimentality of Beauty and the Beast for example (Im not knocking it, it was a wonderful film). Apparently the Atlantis animators wore t-shirts throughout production that said Atlantis: more action, less songs. And so we are introduced to a collection of gung-ho characters who have been hired to go in search of Atlantis. Each has a special skill, like the feisty teenage girl who is a dab hand with engines and the enormous ex army doctor with a kind heart. But the first that seems a little out of place is Vinny, the demolitions and explosives expert (yes, you read that right). I am in no way a prude but I did find it a little odd to see a Disney character casually throwing around lit sticks of dynamite and joking about drinking nitro-glycerine. He is quite amusing especially when recounting how his love of explosives came to be accidentally blowing up his parents flower shop, but a demolitions expert loaded to the teeth with various explosive devices was not a character I had expected to see in a Disney feature. There is also Mrs Packard, the crews communication officer who literally chain smokes her way through the whole film occasionally muttering Were all going to die before taking another enormous drag. She did make me chuckle, but again, a chain smoker in a modern Disney animation? It just doesnt seem right.
The character of the Mole on the other hand is just plain creepy. A short dumpy Frenchman with dubious personal hygiene and a love of digging. He speaks very quickly with a strong French accent which makes him difficult to understand and has some sort of telescopic apparatus attached to his eyes so that can zoom into objects he wants a closer look at. The Mole comes across as a villains henchman rather than one of the heroes and his keenness to be the one to speak to the beautiful Atlantean princess comes across as very seedy indeed. I may be looking into it far too deeply but his character is unpleasant and honestly left a bad taste in my mouth.
There are also members of the exploring team that inexplicably wear gas marks and tinted goggles the whole way through. They have no lines and are just henchman really but they look very sinister indeed and are another odd depiction that is not explained and seems somewhat out of place in a Disney film. The film notably contains no children, no cute animal sidekicks and is also the first Disney animated feature to be given a PG rating since The Black Cauldron back in 1985. Perhaps it is these more adult themes that harmed the film at the box office.
It is still an enjoyable adventure with some notable voices (Leonard Nimoy plays the Atlantean king) and impressive set pieces (the final battle) that will entertain most families. But its darker side might sour the experience for some viewers.
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Hardly a disaster, just another disney flickBy VIDEOMONSTER (252 reviews) from Glasgow , 08 Jan 2011Disney's 40th animated classic is a general childrens film pleaser. The kids will love the adventure, while the adults will be fairly non-plussed about a run of the mill film. It is fairly dark, and the story itself is actually quite good. However the characters all round are threadbare, even though they are engaging. It isn't a classic by any means, however it's a solid disney film.
atlantis the lost cityBy jodielea (14 reviews) from cleethorpes , 25 May 2010my children absolutley loved this film. Its not your average disney film with soft fluffy animals and a mushy love story to it but the basis of the film is easily understood by young children. Brilliantly funny in parts and serious in others. my kids and i watched it twice!
atlantisBy mark leather from secret , 03 Jan 2010suitable for the whole family
cool filmBy a customer from Edinburgh , 26 May 2009This is quite a cool version of the Atlantis legend, coupled with a Jules Verne style combination of submarines and journeys to the centre of the Earth. If you like those kinds of exotic exploration-type films, (and you like cartoons), then get this. Amazingly, it is a Disney film. And even more amazingly, although it contains a romance, it DOES NOT contain soppy orchestral music and high-pitched prima donnas singing about how wonderful it is to be in love (see Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, etc, for comparison!). Wow! A Disney cartoon without singing! The only major criticism that I have of it, is that it becomes, I think, implausibly silly at the end. I won't say more.