Find That Film: Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantis:  The Lost Empire (2001) was Disney Animation’s attempt to try to appeal to a wider audience than 6 year old girls.  What no one told Disney is that if their products only appealed to that demographic, they would have been broke by now.  In that way, this film seem somewhat unnecessary.  The reason we tell you to see it, however, (besides the fact that with a 60 Million dollar profit margin, there’s no way this movie recouped its advertising expenses) is that from a technical standpoint, this might be one of the better Disney animated films.  The sound design, art direction, character modeling, music, world building, etc, are among the best that Disney has offered us over the years.  Add to that that Atlantis’s voice characterizations and voice casting mark it as one of the better efforts from a company that is known to be the best at such things, and you’ve suddenly got a movie that you have to find.  With fantastic performances from Michael J Fox, Claudia Christian, James Garner, Leonard Nimoy, Cree Summer, and a host of others, this is a movie you have to see if you are a fan of animation.  It’s just that simple.  So put your reservations about the fact that Atlantis:  The Lost Empire didn’t fare that well at the box office, and see it.  You’ll thank us!  After you forgive us for making you watch a movie that was apparently paced by a four year old.  Sorry, not sorry!

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