Review Date: June 16, 2001
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Writer: Tab Murphy
Producers: Don Hahn
Michael J. Fox
They also set up all of these "quirky" side characters (all of whom seemed ideally picked to cover as many races/ethnicities sitting in the audience), but I really didn't think that any of them were all that humorous or interesting. Actually, I did like the "Italian" guy a little, he was pretty funny at times, but what was the deal with that Mole character? Talk about seeming "out of place" in a movie! Hmmmm, I don't know. This movie is definitely not the next SHREK. But to be fair to Disney, I guess this film wasn't really trying to be funny or reach for the "kids" audience either (at least, it didn't appear to be). I guess this film was more of a "serious animation" experiment, which for the most part, just didn't do it for me. None of the characters really stood out, the story was somewhat interesting, but not really all that engaging, and the animation, well...I'm sorry but there was practically nothing that was special about the animation in this film. It was quite rudimentary, to say the least.
But yeah, I did still appreciate the whole Atlantis "behind-the-scenes" stuff, dug the connection between the lead character and the chick from Atlantis, and did finally "get into" the movie during its final 15 minutes or so (which concluded on a pretty touching moment and some cool action scenes). But overall, the film just didn't live up to all of the previous Disney animated movies, or any of the cooler, hipper computer-generated animated flicks that have rocked the box-office over the past couple of years. I don't know what it was exactly, but something was just missing from this movie. All in all, a disappointment.