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Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)

Michael J. Fox , James Garner , Gary Trousdale , Kirk Wise  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Cree Summer, Don Novello, Claudia Christian
  • Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • Writers: Tab Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDSQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Atlantis - The Lost Empire" on IMDb

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Audio Commentary With Producer Don Hahn And Directors Kirk Wise And Gary Trousdale

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From the creative team who brought you THE LION KING and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comes an exciting quest of adventure and discovery. Join the expedition and search below the sea for one of the greatest mysteries of all time ... ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE. The world's most highly qualified crew of archaeologists and explorers are led by historian Milo Thatch as they head deep into the mysteries of the sea. The underwater expedition takes an unexpected turn when the team's mission must switch from exploring Atlantis to protecting it. Filled with stunning visual effects, this captivating story is loaded with laughs and messages of friendship and teamwork. Dive into ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE -- it's an adventure your family will enjoy taking over and over again.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! June 16, 2001
By JM Yoda
I saw ATLANTIS last night, accompanied by my 65 year-old mother, and we both had a great time. No, it's no LION KING or BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but it's not meant to be either; it's meant to be something different for Disney, and it is. The action scenes are amazing, sometimes evoking for me images from the STAR WARS movies. The dialogue is often sharp, fast and hilarious (maybe a little too fast to follow for younger kids), and lots of our fellow adult audience members were laughing out loud. The voice talent is, as always with Disney, fantastic; Michael J. Fox does a terrific job as Milo, Leonard Nimoy is perfect as the aged Atlantean king, Cree Summer is proud, intelligent and earnest as Princess Kida, and Milo's fellow adventurers are all equally well done. I didn't find the storyline at all difficult to follow, and while the concept of the giant crystal that keeps Atlantis alive is a bit "new-age", I don't think kids will have a problem with it. It's sci-fi, it's fantasy, it's adventure - it's awesome! It's also a whole lot more than what you've seen in the previews and commercials, so go see the movie TODAY! You'll have a great time, and it might just spark your interest in the search for the real (hey, there is intriguing evidence) Atlantis. Adventure lives!
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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Overall, this is good fun. It's an exciting film, highly imaginative, and visually spectacular, with a story that moves very quickly albeit thoroughly confusingly. I happily recommend it for family viewing.

Compared to recent Disney releases such as Cinderella II - Dreams Come True (Special Edition), 101 Dalmatians 2, and all of the other poorly done and profit-driven knockoffs, this film is an original gem. The animation is excellent, the characters are interesting and fun to watch, and the overall story is compelling, as well as very fast-paced. The movie certainly is suitable for kids as young as three or four, despite some of the more esoteric, non-sensical plot twists. We've got spectacular scenery, gadgets, battles, action, and explosions and fire, more than enough to keep the little ones fully engaged throughout. No sex, no drugs, no profanity, and only a little bit of blood (although the bad guys most certainly do get killed, neither graphically nor gloatingly).

Most impressive in this film is the artistic vision. Atlantis provides a fantastic opportunity to be creative, and the animators do not disappoint. The relatively modern (1907) setting allows some technical and scientific freedom for the animators, which was taken full advantage of. Everything is huge, massive in scale, from the steamship and its submarine, to the Leviathan guardian, to the tunnels and artifacts of Atlantis. For me, this is the most enjoyable part of the film, simply looking at the landscapes and backgrounds the animators have provided as backdrops for the action. This is excellent work, truly spectacular.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Disney. Not enough depth. June 17, 2005
Format:DVD
Beautiful movie, great special effects, excellent voice talents, but weak execution. Atlantis is another one of those movies with a great amount of potential, but just sits there without really pushing the boundaries beyond your standard Disney mold. It isn't necessarily a bad movie, but it's shortcomings definitely short out what virtues it has.

There's nothing really special about the story. It seems to take ideas from other movies like Stargate, Nauiscaa, and a few others. The problem is it doesn't establish itself as anything. Is tries to fit in all these different elements such as adventure, exploration, mysticism, steampunk, action, romance, but it never accomplishes fully any of them. Part of the problem I think is the compulsion to add all those Disney-esque elements like the need for funny, one-dimensional characters and stereotypical conflicts. Story-wise nothing stands out.

Though the story is jumbled and non-inspiring other aspects of the movie are truly impressive. The visuals are dynamic and have a wonderful blend of CG and cel animation. The landscape is breathtaking and Atlantis itself is beautiful and well designed. Also the voice acting is bar-none.

To me, Atlantis didn't accomplish what it set out to do. It put too much on its plate and couldn't excel beyond average, in spite of the fact that "technically" everything seemed perfect. Still many of you might enjoy it in spite of the shortcomings and the kids will likely not care about the complexities of the script. Take this review for what it is. I wasn't impressed, but some of you might really like it.
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Milo, a mild-mannered linguist, is recruited by a reclusive billionaire to participate on a quest to find the lost continent of Atlantis. Joining him on the trek are a motley assortment of colourful characters, and together they battle subterrainian monsters and eventually find the lost continent. However, not all the characters have noble motivations..... This film was meant to be a departure from the standard song-and-dance musicals that we are used to from Disney; instead, Atlantis offers up a Japanimation vision and an action-packed thrill ride that never quite comes together.
The film is visually fantastic, seamlessly blending traditional 2-D hand-drawn main characters with 3-D computer-generated vehicles and landscapes. For any given scene, you can't tell the difference, showing the skill of the animators (and the directors for getting everyone on the same page). In addition, the sound and score are flawless. Unfortunately, the story and characters don't quite live up to the visuals and sound. The secondary characters get equal screen time, and Milo never develops a comraderie with most of them. This becomes glaringly obvious when it comes time to choose up sides for the confrontation between the noble explorers and the greedy plunderers. The motivation of the characters seems driven by the plot instead of vice versa.
This Special 2-DVD Edition has everything you could ever want to know. There are numerous little documentaries covering all aspects of the filming. The most interesting are those covering the voice actors (it's always interesting to see the real faces behind the voices). In addition, there are some cut scenes (most of which are crudely drawn and never finished) and over 1000 (!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived early and works great! Kids are watching now and soo excited! THANK YOU!!!
Published 1 day ago by christopher heath
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun movie.
Published 15 days ago by Dianne Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A cute movie at a reasonable price
Published 18 days ago by snowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanks
Published 22 days ago by Nichole
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of those really great, under-valued Disney films
This is one of those really great, under-valued Disney films. And don't even get me started on why Kida is not included in the list of Disney Princesses when she is most... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 27 days ago by kathy charron
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the darkest Disney movies I've ever seen!
Had to watch this movie again as I wanted to see how I enjoyed it years after first watching it. It's pretty dark for a Disney movie.
Published 29 days ago by Libby
4.0 out of 5 stars Atlantis - The Lost Empire is a Great Little Film but not up to par...
What can one say?? This is a well made Disney Film with a great
cast of characters and an astounding film. *four* stars from me!
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great movie Disney left in the darkness, it's a fabolous movie everyone should see it.
Published 1 month ago by Talia Barrozo
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I get this because I hate the second movie of Atlantis the first one is like a wonderful world
Published 1 month ago by Maria Ramirez
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