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.
So what with Disney having a bit of a renaissance at the moment, what with live action Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Mulan, we can but hope Atlantis will sneak into that line up. Sadly, as adorablyunhinged pointed out, that is unlikely at best. But we had fun coming up with a fancast though!