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AtlantisIn 1914 young researcher, Milo Thatch (voiced by Michael J. Fox) highly reminiscent of Daniel (James Spader) in Stargate inherits from his grandfather the means and team to search for Atlantis. The team is led by Commander Rourke (James Garner buffed up beyond the dreams of ego), assisted by Helga (Claudia Christian from Babylon 5).
They discover Atlantis, meeting the king (Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek) and his daughter Princess Kida (Cree Summer). Among the writers is Buffy creator Joss Whedon, so you know you can expect tough female characters and lots of supernatural action.
|The multi-culturalism and other politically correct aspects of this film may be applaudable in theory, but it does make it difficult for adults to appreciate. The nice thing about the film is that there are discernable characters (watch for the signals operator voiced by the incomparable Florence Stanley of My Two Dads, Nightcourt & Nurses), and there is a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.|
The look-and-feel of Altantis: The Lost Empire has been dubbed "Dis-nola", being a belnding of the in-house style and Mike Mignola. To create the feel of an adventure feature, Atlantis is in Cinemascope format, 30% wider than the usual screen, the same format used for Snow White. The animation is a blend of 2D and 3D techniques.
To add to the experiences, an Atlantean language was developed by Marc Okrand who created Vulcan vocabulary for Star Trek II and Klingon language for Star Trek III and the television series.
This film looks and sounds gorgeous, as one would expect, is family-friendly and has the usual good-versus-evil theme.
A good film to take the family to, which is all that it really tries to be.
|by Ali Kayn|
Due for Australian release September 20, 2001
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