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Atlantis: The Lost Empire [2001]

Director:Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Writer:Tab Murphy
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:95 minutes
(1 hour 35 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:49%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Gary Trousdale => Director
Kirk Wise => Director
Tab Murphy => Writer
James Newton Howard => Composer
Claudia Christian => Helga Katrina Sinclair  (voice)
Corey Burton => Gaetan 'The Mole' Moliere  (voice)
Cree Summer => Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash  (voice)
David Ogden Stiers => Fenton Q. Harcourt  (voice)
Don Novello => Vincenzo 'Vinny' Santorini  (voice)
Florence Stanley => Wilhelmina Bertha Packard  (voice)
Jacqueline Obradors => Audrey Rocio Ramirez  (voice)
James Garner => Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke  (voice)
Jim Cummings => Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Varney => Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth  (voice)
John Mahoney => Preston B. Whitmore  (voice)
Leonard Nimoy => King Kashekim Nedakh  (voice)
Michael J. Fox => Milo James Thatch  (voice)
Natalie Strom => Young Kida  (voice)
Patrick Pinney => Additional Voices (as Pat Pinney) (voice)
Phil Morris => Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet  (voice)
Steven Barr => Additional Voices (as Steve Barr) (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Rourke after meeting Milo for the first time claims he prefers a good Western himself. The character's voice actor James Garner was best known in the late 1950s Western sitcom Maverick.
  • Kida is the first Disney princess to become a queen within her original film. However, her coronation is not shown onscreen.
  • The fish in Whitmore's aquarium are coelocanths. The coelocanth is a sort of "living fossil" in that they were thought to be extinct until specimens were caught in the 1930s, over 20 years after the film is set.
  • Rourke's middle name, Tiberius, could be a possible reference to Captain James Tiberius Kirk from the show [Star Trek], in which Kashekim Nedakh's voice actor Leonard Nimoy played Spock.
  • Jim Varney (Cookie) died just before finishing the film. The "I ain't so good at speechifying" line near the end is the only line not spoken by Varney. Steven Barr did the voice for that scene.
  • After Milo gets seasick on the first ship, his line, "Carrots? Why are there always carrots? I didn't even eat carrots!" was ad-libbed by Michael J. Fox. Ironically Michael J. Fox is allergic to carrots in real life.
  • When the surface-dwellers first meet the Atlanteans, the Atlanteans address them in French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, German, Greek, Chinese, and Taiwanese. Milo speaks to them in Atlantian, Latin and French.
  • One of the first Disney films to feature an African American character as an important secondary character.
  • [?] Marc Okrand, who created the Atlantean language, also created the Vulcan and Klingon languages for the [Star Trek] series. The written Atlantean language is to be read left to right, drop down a line, and read right to left, continuing this cycle. It was done to create a flowing, water-like movement reminiscent of the Atlantean culture.
  • Mike Mignola, creator of the [Hellboy] comic books (and the basis for the movie) provided many initial production sketches for this film. Mignola was initially contacted by a Disney representative asking if he would work on the project, Mignola's first response was "How did you get my phone number?".
  • Lloyd Bridges was originally cast as Whitmore, but he died shortly after production began. Tim Curry was considered for the role of the King of Atlantis. Tommy Lee Jones, Jack Davenport, and Kurt Russell were considered for the role of Commander Rourke. Nathaniel Parker auditioned for the role of Lyle T. Rourke, his voice didn't suit the character, however [?] Don Hahn was so impressed with his performance he cast him in The Haunted Mansion.