no but like, I’m really curious.
Disney’s Atlantis the Lost Empire (2001) had good original diverse casts with stylish character designs. The range of diversity is still amazing. We had:
a badass, competentboss lady Helga Katrina Sinclair; a latina tomboy mechanic Audrey Rocio Ramirez; an elderly, chain-smoking lady radio operator Wilhelmina Bertha Packard who gives no shit during life and death situation; a half-African, half Native-American Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet I repeat, A HALF NATIVE-AMERICAN HALF-AFRICAN DOCTOR; Vincenzo “Vinny” Santorini an Italian demolisher; Gaetan “Mole” Moliére a competent french mineralogist; Kidagakash “Kida” Nedakh a dark-skinned, souteast-asian-looking queen who cares deeply for her own culture and people and will do anything to protect them AND she can kick butts all on her own; and the list just goes on and on.
Atlantis, the setting of the adventure, was “based very loosely off Angkor Wat in Siem Riep, Cambodia.” aka Southeast Asia.[LINK]
”Art director David Goetz stated, “We looked at Mayan architecture, styles of ancient, unusual architecture from around the world, and the directors really liked the look of Southeast Asian architecture.” Don Hahn (Atlantis co-creator) added, “If you take and deconstruct architecture from around the world into one architectural vocabulary, that’s what our Atlantis looks like.””
Each and every character has different body types, looks, skin colors, background stories, personalities….. and you can tell their cultural backgrounds by not just their looks or accents, but also from the background stories the characters themselves tell to the audience. The story is, well, it’s not off the boy saves girl plotline and but like….
idk man I wish people would talk more about this film as much as bh6.