Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Main Performers: Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, James Garner
Director: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Run Time: 95 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a Disney movie telling the story of Milo Thatch, a linguist desperate to find the lost city of Atlantis. When a friend of his grandfather's offers to pay for the expedition, Milo jumps at the opportunity. The crew encounters their first problem when an Atlantean Leviathan sinks their main submarine. Then, in Atlantis, they discover a living populace. Rourke, leader of the expedition, has plans to find the city's power source and sell it for his own gain. Milo's friends turn out to be mercenaries, however they all have a change of heart in time to stop Rourke and save Atlantis.
This story is interesting in that it builds off the Atlantean myth by creating a story where the people of Atlantis survived. The characters are well thought out and have growth throughout the story, with the exception of the antagonist, who dies a horrible death, as Disney villains usually do. It can teach children to accept other cultures and be inspired to learn history. One of the crowning elements of the movie is the animation. Using traditional 2-D animation, combined with some computer animation, it adds an element to the Atlantean civilization, as well as the dangers prevalent in the Atlantean power source. Overall, it is an enjoyable and underrated Disney movie.