Atlantis the lost empire opened on Friday, I saw it the day after. Here are some of my thoughts.
First of all the art direction seemed kinda funky IMo compared to some of the other things Disney has made. Less detail in their faces and muscles, were more boxy,(almost Bruce Timmsish) and angular. I must say though that the CGI blended pretty nicely with the hand drawn stuff, very fluid stuff. The mechanical stuff looked pretty cool, the Leviathin (which I think is a refrence to the account of the creature in the Bible, the book of Job chapeter 41.)
Wasn't completly Biblically acurate but dang was it cool.
Interesting how they connected all of these legends together, even mentioning the great waters receding (which I assume was a refrence to the various global flood legends from around the world.) As for the plot details eh a little to new age for me (the whole merge with the sentient all powerful life force crystal and all), and I am convinced that they where trying very hard to draw parallels to the Bible (Kida walking on water, refrences to Babel, and I swear when the captian kidnapped and locked Kida up in the contained I thought it was gonna be some freakish take on the resurection.) Anyay, maybe Disney was snubbing its nose at the various religous organizations that have come down hard on its cartoons.
I loved these guys.
Milo: The nerdy guy who everyone thinks is a hack. He gets his reward though (gets to marry Princess Kida, hey can't argue with that)
Princess Kida: She was pretty cute actually...very cute (and dressed pretty risque even by Disney standards.) The part where she merged with the crystal and its power, may have been a little far fetched for the kids, but you know. Having her kiss Milo would have been a nice touch though, they set it up perfectly but instead they had them hug. BTW nice special effects when she transformed by the way.
Vinny: This guy was cool, some of his good jokes where blown by excesive advertisment, but still funny guy. His refreance to the mechanical Leviathin. "With that I've had white wine." LOL.
Mole: I guess you couldn't completly escape the wacky animal thing could you Disney. Mole is basically the animal that comes along for the comic relief. That part where he speaks Frnch in Kida's ear, and then she socks him was awesome.
Smokey old lady: Gee she was a chain smoker, but I love the line.
"We're all gonna die."
The Captian: K who didn't think this guy was gonna turn on them? I saw it from the very first scene with him. He was basically a clone of Clayton (from Tarzan.) His death though was very ugly, I mean he got his wrist split and he like merged with the Crystal or something .
His assistant: She was a vixian that first scene with Milo in his dimly lighted apartment was kinda excesively eh...let's move on .
Anyway I'd give the movie like a 7.5/10, I liked it alot, but you know wasn't as good as it could have been.