This Disney animated spectacular is cast as an adventure story in the Jules Verne mould and played commendably straight. It ditches musical numbers and flip contemporary references in favour of a strong storyline, genuine moral dilemmas and luxuriant 'Scope. Set in 1914, it's packed with delightfully old-fangled hardware as cartographer and linguistics expert Milo Thatch finds himself on the subaquatic expedition of a lifetime to trace the legendary civilisation of Atlantis. His expertise leads Commander Rourke and his battle-hardened team to their destination, where they find treasure beyond imagination, but also a living community needing the newcomers' help. Will the Americans embrace this alien culture, or trample over it for their own ends? As such, it's probably the most grown-up animated feature Disney has produced, and with its attuned vocal performances, elegant design and pulse-quickening finale, it sets a standard of sustained craftsmanship most live-action film-makers must envy.
Atlantis – The Lost Empire
Cast and crew
|Director:||Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise|
|Cast:||Michael J Fox
David Ogden Stiers