For March 7th- Titan A.E.

Now when it comes to animated movies from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, I’m not too much of an expert.  I know about most of what came out, early Pixar work, new age Disney films, and movies from some newly minted animation studios.  What really interests me the most about Titan A.E.  is its use of a specific kind of animation style that was somewhat new at the time.  The production style is that of combining traditional animation with computer generated graphics.  Some of the other flicks to come out in the same time frame that used a similar hybrid technique were Quest for Camelot, Fantasia 2000, The Iron Giant, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.   

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A good idea for a story with broad, galaxy-sweeping arcs.  The only problem is that a few holes do arise here and there.  Follows typical hero motif pretty much from start to finish.

Acting: 1/2

Good casting, but something seems a little off about some of the actual voice acting.  Maybe it was the first time for Damon and Barrymore, but their inability to emote through their voices is made more clear when the supporting cast does a good job.

Photography/Set: 1/2

The sets are okay, but not because of the animation style.  The photography is lackadaisical and safe.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

As I mentioned before, the animation technique is special, and certainly makes it interesting to look at.  As it is based in a science fiction universe, the sound effects must be put under more scrutiny.  Not that this is an issue, because it holds up.

Misc: 1/2

A not entirely unfulfilling animated feature.  It’s too bad they couldn’t have written funnier characters for Lane or Leguizamo.  Especially since Joss Whedon had a hand in the screenplay.

VERDICT: 6/10

Good for family or kids.  I suppose maybe desperate Whedon fans as well.

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About svolkmer

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