51 in 2011

“Atlantis: The Lost Empire”

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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“Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001), Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 41st animated motion picture. An ambitious sci-fi adventure that doesn’t quite live up to its potential. Set in 1914, a team of explorers (with varying skill and motive) embark on an excursion to find the lost city of Atlantis. The film is wonderful to look at (it was originally released in widescreen 70mm format) and has some really interesting characters, set pieces and ideas. The filmmaker’s high-concept backstory about what happened to Atlantis gets overshadowed by a convoluted plot that tries to accomplish too much too quickly. However, I’m completely crazy for the film’s design inspired by comic book artist and writer Mike Mignola. “Atlantis is waiting.”

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