PG, 95 min.
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Writers: Tab Murphy, Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale, Joss Whedon, Bryce Zabel, Jackie Zabel, David Reynolds
Voices: Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Cree Summer, Claudia Christian, Don Novello, Jacqueline Obradors, Corey Burton, Phil Morris, John Mahoney, Florence Stanley, David Ogden Stiers, Jim Varney, Leonard Nimoy
Ever since Disney wrote a deal with Netflix, I’ve been using my children as an excuse to revisit Disney animation. “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” was the last Disney film to be released before I had children. It was also one of my earliest movie reviews. I didn’t bother to see it when it was in theaters, but I used my five month old as an excuse to rent it. Like he even cared at that age, but hey, I had a kid. That meant I had to watch kids movies. Right?
I guess things don’t really change much, do they? The movie was pretty much as I remembered. It’s always nice to revisit a movie after so long that you don’t remember the details of it. It’s like seeing it for the first time again.
“Atlantis: The Lost Empire” is far from one of Disney’s masterpieces. It’s a good adventure, though. Much like “Treasure Planet”, this movie is a sci-fi adventure based on a story that has fascinated people throughout the ages. It’s the Atlantis legend made fun through the Disney tradition of collecting interesting characters into a canned adventure that’s never offensive and includes various cultures and uses a cleverly funny script to get you there.