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Atlantis : The Lost Empire (2001). "I sleep in the nude."

It's a tale as old as time, entitled explorers feel the need to completely decimate an ancient culture for money and clout...or attempt to.


Storyline :1914: Milo Thatch, grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs someone to fund a voyage. His employer thinks he's dotty, and refuses to fund any crazy idea. He returns home to his apartment and finds a woman there. She takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his Grandfathers. He gives him the shepherds journal, a submarine and a 5 star crew. They travel through the Atlantic ocean, face a large lobster called the Leviathan, and finally get to Atlantis. But does the Atlantis crew have a lust for discovery, or something else?

Directors: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise

Writers: Tab Murphy...(screenplay by)Kirk Wise...(story by) & Gary Trousdale...(story by) and Joss Whedon...(story by) and Bryce Zabel...(story by) & Jackie Zabel...(story by) David Reynolds...(additional screenplay material) Plato

Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Cree Summer, and Claudia Christian

Awards: 2 Wins & 14 Nominations

Film Budget: $120,000,000 (estimated)

Gross Worldwide: $186,053,725


Unlike most Disney animated films there are no songs in this movie other than an epic score.


We opened up the shepherd's journal to nail down these fun facts.

  1. Marc Okrand, who created the Atlantean language, also created the Vulcan and Klingon languages for the "Star Trek" franchise. Coincidentally, Star Trek (1966) cast member Leonard Nimoy is in this movie as Kida's father, the King of Atlantis.

  2. After Milo gets seasick on the first ship, his line, "Carrots? Why are there always carrots? I didn't even eat carrots!" was ad-libbed by Michael J. Fox, who is allergic to carrots.

  3. One of the last Disney films to feature a character that smokes.

  4. Jim Varney passed away on February 12th 2000 at age 50 due to lung cancer from smoking, before the production ended, and the film was dedicated to his memory. Producer Don Hahn was saddened that Varney never saw the finished film, but mentioned that he was shown clips of his character's performance during his site sessions and said, "He loved it." Shawn Keller, supervising animator for Cookie, stated, "It was kind of a sad fact that he knew that he was not going to be able to see this film before he passed away. He did a bang-up job doing the voice work, knowing the fact that he was never gonna see his last performance.

  5. When the surface dwellers first meet the Atlanteans, the Atlanteans address them in French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, German, Greek, Chinese, and Taiwanese. Milo speaks to them in Atlantian, Latin, and French.


Don't pass over this Disney animation hidden gem. It's on Disney+ you have no excuse.

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