Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Milo Under the Waves2001), directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise for Walt Disney Features Animation, a Disney movie did something else entirely. Science fiction stories usually appeal more to adults than children unless there is a cuddly robot or a high-profile princess or something added to bridge the gap (see Disney's own "The Black Hole" for an example of that). There wasn't anything like that in this Atlantis Disney movie based on Plato and Edgar Cayce, though, so the task of wooing the younger viewers fell to the spunky Michael J. Fox and company to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for boys and girls. Upon their success at doing that hinged the success of the entire film upon first release.
|Milo meets the Captain of the Ulysses, Rourke|
|The sexy Helga|
|Milo and the other main characters|
|Seriously, if I didn't know better, I would say this was something by Roy Lichtenstein|
|Kida, showing Atlantis to the crew|
|Can we sense "love affair"?|
The Little Mermaid" or "Beauty and the Beast," the studio green-lit a project with no clear intended audience in a genre it never before had attempted. One of the beauties of Disney movies, looking at their progression over the years, is their gradual, almost glacial evolution over time. That enabled the Disney movies to change remarkably little all at once, yet just enough to accomodate a changing audience that didn't even recognize anything had changed. "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" tried to accomplish about three decades worth of change in one gulp.
|Kida has an exotic look, but she's all girl|
|Seriously, does anyone not love this guy?|
|Finding the crystal|
|Looks like more fun that my Jeep|
|The crew gets a view of Atlantis|
Below is the High Definition trailer.