“My family owned a flower shop. We would sell roses, carnations, baby’s breath, you name it. One day, I’m making about three dozen corsages for this prom, you know, the one they put on the wrist, and everybody, they come. “Where is it?”, “When is it?”, “Does it match my dress?” It’s a nightmare. Anyway, I guess there was this leak next door of gas or what. BOOM! No more Chinese laundry. Blew me right through the front window. It was like a sign from God. I found myself that boom. “
14 Reasons why Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire kicks ass
1. Diverse cast
Audrey is Hispanic
Sweet is black/Native American
Vinny is Italian
Mole is French
And Kida is Atlantean
which brings us to our next reason…
2. The Atlanteans
This movie features a made-up race called the Atlanteans. Physically, have brown skin, white hair, and varying eye colors. Because of the crystals they wear around their neck, their lifespan is 300 times that of a non-Atlantean human. They possessed extremely advanced technology; they had the power of flight in 300 B.C.!
3. The scenery
4. The language
A language and a writing system was created just for this movie.
Inspired by the Sumerian language of Mesopotamia, it can be compared to other languages from media such as Klingon and Na'vi.
Princess Kidakagash is beautiful, smart, strong, and…
she can fight like hell
She’s also the first princess to later become a queen, followed by Elsa from Frozen. The two are often compared because of this, and also because of their white hair.
6. Character development
The characters all have unique personalities and backstories (inspiring a lot of fanfictions and headcanons)
7. The sass
Three sassmasters in one movie!
8. Vinny Santorini
How could you not love this guy?
9. The movie has funny moments
10. and sad moments
11. The soundtrack
While Atlantis isn’t a musical (meaning the characters don’t sing) it has an awesome score. x
12. Action scenes
Atlantis is one of the few Disney movies with a PG rating (aside from the recent Tangled, Brave, and Frozen, rated PG for ??? reason? In my opinion, if The Hunchback of Notre Dame is rated G, then these movies should be too. Maybe they think the CGI animation makes everything more intense.) Therefore, they have some sweet action/explosion scenes that you don’t usually see in Disney movies.
13. Villain conflict
Neither of the two villains are presented as villains at first; and one of the villains ends up killing the other, leading that villain to fire a zeppelin at the first villain’s ship out of spite.
It’s kinda awesome.
14. Romance is a small side dish, not the main course- which is refreshing for a Disney movie.
20 Disney’s Atlantis Facts (You may or may not know)
After Hunchback of Notre Dame was released, Disney decided they didn’t want to do another musical. Instead, they chose to do an Action-Adventure film inspired by the works of Jules Verne.
The weaponry used is correct to the time period of early 20th century. The film features the Lee Enflied, the Lewis Gun, the Broomhandle Mauser and a variant of the Luger.
The creation of the Atlantean language was done by the same man who developed the Klingon language for the Star Trek films.
The filmmakers became interested in the readings of Edgar Cayce and decided to incorporate some of his ideas. (Edgar Cayce is an American psychic who allegedly possessed the ability to answer questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis and future events while in a trance.)
Vinnie’s last name “Santorini” is actually the name of an ancient chain of volcanic islands in the Mediterranean (probably explains his obsession with explosives).
They utilized all three Disney Animation studies, employing 250 animators, artist and technicians.
The Crew actually traveled 800 feet underground in New Mexico’s Carlsbad Cavern to view subterranean trails, which they used as the base model for the movie.
A Japanese anime film “Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” were both inspired by the novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”.
American comic book artist Mike Mignola creator of the series Hellboy worked on the film.
Joss Whedon was the first writer involved with the film. Whedon is bet known as the creator of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and also directed Marvel’s The Avengers.
Because the movie was planned as an Action-Adventure, the production crew made up t-shirts that read, "ATLANTIS” - fewer songs, more explosions.
The final scene was created by combining many 24 inch (61cm) pieces of paper. Each piece was carefully drawn and combined with animated vehicles flying across the scene. The entire piece reaches an equivalent of an 18,000 inch (457.2 m) piece of paper that the camera slowly pulled away from.
The cover story for their Atlantis The Lost Empire issue, this article is pretty much excerpts from The Journal of Milo Thatchtelling the story of the expedition, which I actually forgot ran throughout late October, starting on October 23rd, 1914 and arriving to Atlantis around the 26th. So it’s been about a month and a 100 years since the movie took place. I wish I caught this earlier.
Lot of production art was used for illustrating the book, so you got a bit of sampling from that here.