By Owen Gleiberman
June 22, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

The hero of Disney’s new animated feature is a terrifyingly enthusiastic young museum scholar who has giant specs and the voice of Michael J. Fox. Accompanied by a crew of ”colorful” assistants, he takes a submarine voyage to the mythical city of Atlantis; we might be watching ”20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” starring the cast of ”Scooby-Doo.” The movie is the essence of craft without dream. It feels as if the Disney animators are huffing and puffing to create new marvels out of an arsenal of image tropes — water flowing, lava erupting, a mystical crystal glowing — that we long ago gawked at and digested.

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