Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Milo Under the Waves
|"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001).|
There wasn't anything like that in this Atlantis Disney movie based on Plato and Edgar Cayce, though, so the task of wooing the younger viewers fell to the spunky Michael J. Fox and company to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for boys and girls. Upon their success at doing that hinged the success of the entire film upon the first release.
|Milo meets the Captain of the Ulysses, Rourke.|
|The sexy Helga.|
However, a woman named Helga Katrina Sinclair (Claudia Christian - her character's name a nod to "Babylon Five") shows up and introduces Milo to the wealthy Preston B. Whitmore (John Mahoney). It turns out that Whitmore already has the journal and, purportedly as repayment of a debt to Milo's grandfather, offers Milo the chance to visit Atlantis once he translates it for him.
|Milo and the other main characters.|
This involves swimming down to Atlantis' submerged heart, the one that survived because of the crystal. Milo and Kida find that the crystal still functions down there to protect Atlantis, but it is getting worn out. A missing page from The Shepherd's Journal described the Atlantis crystal, and Milo wonders why it was removed.
|Seriously, if I didn't know better, I would say this was something by Roy Lichtenstein.|
|Kida, showing Atlantis to the crew.|
|Can we sense "love affair"?|
So, with the film industry ground shifting beneath its feet, Disney went with this half-baked idea conceived over a dinner table by the people behind "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," who were motivated to keep their jobs by moving on to another project. Rather than try to create another "The Little Mermaid" or "Beauty and the Beast," the studio green-lit a project with no clear intended audience in a genre it never before had attempted.
|Seriously, does that look like Michael J. Fox to you?|
|Kida has an exotic look, but she's all woman.|
|Now, that's Michael J. Fox. Seriously, does anyone not love this guy?|
|Finding the crystal.|
|It looks like more fun than my Jeep.|
|The crew gets a view of Atlantis.|