The Lost Empire Reviews
Here for the Digital Media FX Review of Atlantis
Here for Harvey Karten's Review of Atlantis: The Lost
Quotes From Mainstream Press Reviews of Atlantis:
Wloszczyna of USA Today - "...What Atlantis
gains in chills and thrills, it loses in pure emotion.
The visuals are a stunning widescreen mix of digital and
hand-drawn artwork that is far more edgy and angular than
typical Mouse fare. The giant waves, monster crustaceans,
flame-throwing fireflies and rivers of lava arrive in
a furious rush. It's a Saturday-morning cartoon pumped
up on steroids..."
Mitchell of the New York Times - "...Disney's
newest animated feature, Atlantis: The Lost Empire,
is a monumental treat as well as a crafty assemblage of
mythologies. The movie accepts the squareness of its period,
1914, instead of trying to amuse audiences with anachronisms,
although a few do slip in..."
Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly - "...Atlantis,
with its gee-whiz formulaic characters, is the essence
of craft without dream, but the movie, in a strange way,
is more personal than the artists who made it realize.
Its real lost empire might almost be the day that hand
drawn animation in the conventionally Colorform Disney
style could still saturate us with wonder..."
Turan of the Los Angeles Times - "...Atlantis:
The Lost Empire plays more like the best Disney animated
film of 1981 than 2001. Story line and characterization
are decidedly old-fashioned, and a curious decision about
production design gives this wide-screen cartoon some
of the look and feel of a Saturday morning TV cartoon
D. Snider of The Daily Herald - "Atlantis:
The Lost Empire is nearly as great as Beauty and
the Beast and Aladdin, but is also utterly
and completely different from them...When it moves, the
film is wildly exciting, recalling the great adventure
films of the past. When it's funny, it's outstandingly
Lumenick of the New York Post - "Disney's disappointing
Atlantis, sadly, is a lot like much of the studio's
recent animated output: eye-popping visuals and great
vocal characterizations sunk by a dead-in-the-water script...
Unfortunately, it's so oppressively tedious at times that
you almost wish the cast would break into a chorus of
Under the Sea..."
Lovece of TV Guide - "Despite a confusing and
contradictory Atlantean backstory and occasionally clichéd
dialogue, the film is spectacular, with fantastic design
work so well-executed that when that crane's iron hooks
disengage and the sub plunges into the sea, you can almost
feel its weight. The character designs, however, are much
less impressive. Except for the oddly naturalistic Sinclair,
the rest look like cartoony characters from one of Disney's
Whipp of the Daily News, Los Angeles - "Atlantis
remarkably merges conventional hand-drawn animation with
computer-generated images more than any previous Disney
film, but largely fails in terms of storytelling, character
development and audience involvement. Given the potential
of the subject matter and the resumes of the talent involved
(directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale made Beauty
and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame),
the movie can't help but feel like a disappointment."