Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001, USA) C-95m. SCOPE ** D: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise. Starring (the voices of) Michael J. Fox, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, James Garner, John Mahoney, Phil Morris, Leonard Nimoy, Jim Varney. Disney cartoon feature aimed at slightly older audiences than usual. Linguist fox is a dreamer, whose greatest wish is to make an expedition to the fabled Atlantis. When a friend of his dead grandfather comes forth and offers him a place in his submarine, the young man is eager to go. What will they find? More comic-book like than other Disney features, but also more cold-blooded and much too quickly paced. It's difficult to follow the action, even for adults. Followed by a direct-to-video sequel in 2003.

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