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- June 14, 2001
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Atlantis has received highly mixed reviews from the press. For example, the New York Times called the movie "a monumental treat" while USA Today says the movie "remains lost as it vaporizes from memory." Most critics are either calling Atlantis one of Disney's best movies or one of their worst. Few, however, are rating it average.
Here are quotes from other critics:
Eric 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 so..."
Lou 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..."
Frank 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 '60s films..."
Glenn 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."
Atlantis to Air
Digitally on 13 Screens
"Audiences have responded in a big way to our digital engagements of Toy Story 2, Dinosaur, and The Emperor's New Groove, and we're delighted to be presenting our latest animated achievement in a digital format," says Chuck Viane, President of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. "Atlantis: The Lost Empire adds a bold visual style to Disney's tradition of high quality storytelling, and moviegoers can now see it in the best possible presentation; digital cinema allows us to bring them just that."
Atlantis: The Lost
Empire will be available in a digital presentation in Hollywood; New
York City; Burbank, California; Irvine, California; San Francisco; San
Diego; Plano, Texas; Olathe, Kansas; Chicago; Cleveland; Orlando, Florida;
Vancouver, BC; and Toronto, Ontario.
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News Link of the
Day - Fox is Getting Animated
[Michael J.] Fox has discovered cartoons as a new outlet for his thoughtfully
manic performances. The actor's recent starring roles include the voices
of a shy linguist in Disney's new Atlantis: The Lost Empire and the tiny,
computer-generated mouse in Stuart Little and its coming sequel
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