Atlantis: The Lost Empire


Action / Adventure / Animation / Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten49%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled53%
IMDb Rating6.910119651


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Michael J. Fox Photo
Michael J. Fox as Milo James Thatch
Cree Summer Photo
Cree Summer as Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash
James Garner Photo
James Garner as Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke
Jim Cummings Photo
Jim Cummings as Additional Voices
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700.69 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
P/S 8 / 55
1.77 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
P/S 6 / 59

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by StevePulaski8 / 10

The Disney film that could've

Atlantis: The Lost Empire could very well be Disney's most ambitious animated feature to date. It features intense, merciless scenes of battle and peril, depicted in some of the most stunning and fresh animation of the 2000's decade. The bravery and the thought process behind the film was nonetheless detailed, involved, and intricate, yet its payoff was pretty sour.

We'll discuss that later. The film centers around Milo Thatch (voiced by Michael J. Fox),a brainy cartographer and linguist who works for the Smithsonian Institution studying the language and the environment that existed in the lost continent of Atlantis. He believes he possesses directions to the underwater world of Atlantis, in a book called "The Shepherd's Journal." After getting shut down by the museum board to pursue the costly adventure, Milo conveniently meets Preston B. Whitmore (Mahoney),a millionaire who offers to send Milo and an already organized crew down to the depths of the oceans to search for Atlantis, all expenses paid.

Milo accepts and goes on to meet his band of misfits. They are gentle giant Dr. Sweet (Morris),explosives expert Vinny (Novello),teenage mechanic Audrey (Obradors),crabby Mrs. Packard (Stanley),chef Cookie (the late Jim Varney),and quirky Mole (Burton),whom are all lead by Commander Rourke (Garner). Together, they plumb the depths to search for the continent of Atlantis, and get more than they bargained for along the way.

The film's animation is lively, bright, and visually intelligent. It almost looks like scattered scenes from a comic book, that have come to life. The film was released in 2001, and unfortunately, found itself caught in the awkward time where animation was beginning to change drastically. Just one month before the release of Atlantis, came Shrek, a runaway hit shooting Dreamworks' popularity up to the stars. Not to mention, just a few years before that, we had A Bug's Life, Toy Story, and its sequel - all CGI animated features. Hand drawn animation was quickly decimating, and kids and parents blamelessly began looking elsewhere. That elsewhere was the brighter, more sophisticated color scheme of CGI; a method that would eventually transform animation forever.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire was victim of poor timing and unfair judgement, when in reality, it's a breathtaking adventure. It's not perfect, but it's a great leap from traditional Disney clichés such as soft music, cheery characters, and sing-a-longs. That might also be the reason why many parents were turned off as well. The film is very swashbuckling and adventurous. Some of the scenes of peril are frightening, intense, and very, very serious. The PG-rating is the not the thing you're used to seeing on a Disney film, and because of that, this found itself a bit blacklisted.

Because of all the uncertainty of where a project like this go, Atlantis's gross was a modest one, especially for animated films, and failed to drum up a significant amount of revenue. Because of this failure, a sequel, titled "Shards of Chaos," a spin off series titled "Team Atlantis," and a water-ride at Disneyland were all canceled. Disney was clearly anticipating a breakthrough success, but sadly, it all vanished before their eyes, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire would bring one word to people's minds; underwhelming.

Despite a few things lacking, like credible character development of Milo's crew, Atlantis is a wonderful adventure. It almost reminds me of a more attractive, animated Pirates of the Caribbean before the films even came out. The risk of releasing the film was high, but Disney took the chance, and as a result, created an attractive animated film with style, wit, and action galore. How many failed risks can one say that about? Voiced by: Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Cree Summer, Claudia Christian, James Garner, Corey Burton, John Mahoney, Phil Morris, Leonard Nimoy, Don Novello, Jacqueline Obradors, and Florence Stanley. Directed by: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise.

Reviewed by MartinHafer5 / 10

A most un-Disney sort of cartoon.

When "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" begins, you can tell is certainly is NOT going to be a traditional full-length picture from DIsney. Much of the opening animation was done with computers...much more than you'd have seen in 1990s Disney films. At the time, it must have wowed audiences, but since it was 19 years ago, it looks unbelievably dated now...perhaps even bad. What follows is again, most unlike most previous Disney films. There is no Disney princess and the story is much more geared towards teens and adults and gone are the usual songs. Clearly Disney was trying to make a more mature sort of animated film. But this film and their subsequent "Treasure Planet" did not do very well as the box Disney returned to more traditional style movies.

The story is about an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis. A linguist named Milo is obsessed with finding this lost city...and most people just think he's a nut. But a rich plutocrat inexplicably bankrolls just such an expedition...but my guy reaction was 'this is too good to be true...I suspect something is amiss'. Well, there is...and you should see the movie to learn what it is.

So why was I rather cold about this film? Well, it wasn't the style, more significant use of CGI or the more adult plot that left me was the characters. While the film is clearly going for a most mature look and style, several of the characters are NOT mature nor even well thought out at all. Mole and Cookie, for examples, are just terrible...completely unrealistic and dare I say it...annoying! Yes, annoying. The plot, also, is a bit obvious. With a minor re-write, the picture would have worked much better for me. I think the adultness of the film isn't the problem...just the writing.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird8 / 10

Surprisingly good!

Although I have said that Tarzan is the last great Disney movie, there have been some surprisingly good films like Lilo and Stitch and Fantasia 2000, though the best of the post-Tarzan Disney movies is Emperor's New Groove. On the other hand, some of the direct to video sequels are saved by some excellent voice overs and moments of cuteness, but overall they are cheap parodies of their originals, Patch's London Adventure sadly being the worst. Atlantis: The Lost Empire belongs to the surprisingly good side of the film spectrum, with excellent visuals, particularly of Atlantis itself. The music was beautiful and sounded epic, and the voice cast was great, the standouts being Michael J.Fox and James Garner as Milo and Rourke respectively. John Mahoney and Cree Summer offer fine support as Whitmore and Kida, who is so sexy. I only have two criticisms of this movie. One is that while the idea of the story is fantastic, it is a little too fast for my liking. My second criticism is that while the script is very good on the most part, I don't think it is as funny as a film like Emperor's New Groove, though Vinny was hilarious, so I just worry that younger viewers mightn't find it as engaging as their parents. Overall, very pleasing to the eye, and a very good film overall. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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