Atlantis: Disney
EW Staff
May 14, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
1 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/08/01
Wide Release Date
06/15/01
performer
Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, James Garner, John Mahoney, Leonard Nimoy, Don Novello, Jacqueline Obradors, Florence Stanley, David Ogden Stiers, Cree Summer
director
Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Producers
Walt Disney Productions
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Tab Murphy
genre
Animation

We gave it an C+

In 1996, Disney regulars Wise, Trousdale, Murphy, and producer Don Hahn were debating their next project over a pitcher of margaritas. ”We wanted adventurers thrown together by fate, strange underground civilizations, bizarre creatures — and flying machines,” says Wise. ”’Atlantis’ seemed like a nice vessel to contain all that.” The friends soon floated a plot: In 1914, a ragtag troop led by earnest amateur cartographer Milo Thatch fights its way to the legendary lost land — and finds people instead of a ruin.

Fox was their first choice to voice Milo. ”We [envisioned] a kind of Jimmy Stewart, Harold Lloyd guy,” explains Wise. ”Michael has such a distinct voice, and a wonderful, spunky underdog quality.” According to the directors, the actor let his son decide if Dad would work on ”Atlantis” or another otherworldly animated project, ”Titan A.E.” Boasts Trousdale, ”The 8-year-old saw the coolness of our movie.” Or maybe he just got a look at the ”Titan A.E.” script.

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