I see a lot of posts remembering him from Star Trek and Kingdom Hearts.  And that’s good.  I come from a Star-Trek-loving household and I’m a huge KH fan.  

But Atlantis: the Lost Empire had a profound affect on me for the better, ranging from boosting self-esteem, to inspiring me to write and draw, to losing weight.  I think it staved off some problems that might’ve hit me at a younger, more fragile age.  It was something Leonard Nimoy brought his wizened voice to.  I remember going through and noting how he pronounced his language differently from Kida, leading me to believe there were different Atlantean accents.  (-toap, like soap, and -toap like toe-app.)  I saw the movie so many times, and to this day I am frustrated that the “complete” soundtrack for Atlantis didn’t include the scene where the King and Kida were talking alone.  The way his voice played out over the soft music with a firm but caring tone is something that I’ll never forget.  "Our way of life is preserved,“ is said with conviction the way an adult tells a child facts.

And then there’s the death scene where he denies healing.  Whether it’s because he knows he’s dying or he’s lost the will to live, there’s just such a heaviness to his speech to Milo, such amazing voice work.  And as pictured above, he hands off his crystal to Milo as he passes away.  

Thank you, Leonard Nimoy, for being a part of something that changed my life.

King Kashekim Nedakh: Your heart has softened, Kida. A thousand years ago, you would have slain them on sight.

Kida: A thousand years ago, the streets were lit and our people did not have to scavange for food at the edge of a crumbling city!

King Kashekim Nedakh: The people are content.

Kida: They don’t know any better! We were once a great people. Now we live in ruins. The kings of our past would weep if they could see how far we have fallen.

King Kashekim Nedakh: Kida…

Kida: If these outsiders can unlock the secrets of our past, perhaps we can save our future.

King Kashekim Nedakh: What they have to teach us, we have already learned.

Kida: Our way of life is dying.

King Kashekim Nedakh: Our way of life is preserved. Kida, when you take the throne, you will understand.