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A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and insuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Dredge are bent on mankind's destruction.
Film #18 of my April 2016 Challenge
Task #28: An extreme financial flop in animation
Ah, yes, anyone who knows Don Bluth should know about this film. Titan A.E., one of the biggest box-office flops in the history of animation, a film that did so poorly that it shut down Fox's 2D animation department, Bluth was booted from a project that was eventually called Ice Age, and has not made a movie since. It's a shame really, because when watching this film, there's definitely ambition and passion brought to life in this.
Set in the 31st Century, a highly advanced alien race destroys Earth and a huge chunk of the human population. One of the survivors, voiced by Matt…
It turns out that Joss Whedon isn't actually a God. He's a mere mortal capable of mediocrity just like most of us. Fair enough, it's not his story, but he wrote the screenplay and a lot of it is oddly clunky and strangely expositional and seemingly forced in with a crowbar. Or it could just be that Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore were voicing the two main characters - and their mundane voices pierced my brain and stopped any rational thought.
The film however saying that, was actually sort of fun. The film whizzes through and despite some twists and turns here and there - is relatively straight forward. Evil aliens want humans dead - near enough do it, but…
Of all the films released post Cold War from Don Bluth, this one is probably the best (although that's not saying much considering said output). It's a fun science fiction thrill ride, even if it isn't all that memorable.
Don Bluth's first cinematic foray (and last, as this was his last feature film to date) into science fiction isn't really all that bad. The script, penned by Joss Whedon among others isn't really anything special, mediocre more than anything, but it still holds together for a fully competent film, and manages to throw a few decent twists in towards the end (just ignore the science about creating a planet out of virtually nothing.)
What shines more than anything in this…
I'm a bit surprised by just how much some seem to like this one. I've seen it on OFCS' top 100 animated-list, I've seen it on a couple of "Underappreciated"-lists, and it's been mentioned in a few 'strange' lists here at LB as well. I was always gonna check it out because of that kind of hype combined with Joss Whedon as co-writer, but I'm sadly left with the same feeling most seem to have about it; it's just not all that.
While the animation-style is nowhere near the standard of Pixar or Studio Ghibli, I don't have too much problem with it. It's after all still able to make some very good scenes come to life, and the story,…
Released as I turned 7, this film was absolutely perfect for me at that age. Unfortunately, I've only just watched it for the first time now, and instead just enjoyed this simple and enjoyable sci-fi film for what it was, which is funny, tense and full of charm, with some rushed and spotty characterisation and plot points.
But man, if I had seen it then, it would be number 1 on my nostalgia list. Shit's got Powerman 5000 and the world's cheesiest Lit song. Pure gold.
Part 2 of my favourite animated films is here, this time its Titan A.E, the A.E standing for Absolutely Excellent. This film is set in the far future, where humanity has been almost eradicated by a species known as the Drej. The main character Cale (voiced by Matt Damon) is taken aboard Capt. Joseph Korso's (voiced by Bill Pullman) ship where they go on a quest of universe sized proportions to find Cale's father.
The CGI may be called dated by some people, but to me it still looks like an amazing film. The plot and voice acting are impeccable, the gravity of some of the actions in the film really hit home, including a betrayal im not going to reveal which makes you wonder whether or not the Drej should have won. I give this film a 4.5.
I forgot how amazing this movie was. I mean, I know that it was awesome, but watching it again in HD just reminded me of how amazing it was.
A fun space adventure with an example of smart combination of computer graphics and traditional animation. Some funny dialogues sprinkled here and there (probably because Joss Whedon seems to have had one last go at the script). Not memorable but neither is it dull.
Titan A.E. definitely lacks identity as it is somewhat derivative, the score is so annoying, the characters are far from memorable and the action is certainly overwhelming, but the world building is great, the sound effects are terrific, the scenery is memorable and the film is so engaging and at times even touching. But the standout aspect here is the animation which is just breathtaking in its great mix of hand-drawn and CGI. In the end, it is a flawed, but quite underrated animated sci-fi flick.
I liked the concept of a humanity lost, fight for his survival chasing by evil alien form.
I liked most of the concept art (I'm a big fan of Bluth's work) and some of the CGI looks good even 16 after.
But it's jump cut from a sci fi cliché from another, without coherence.
Not only in the story but also in the directing and the art.
I think it deserve a remake, or a sequel. Maybe from Joss Whedon himself.
If this turns out to be Don Bluth's last... he didn't end on a low note (though not his best)
Western traditional animated films it could be argued (and please feel free to correct me in the comments section) fall into three distinct styles belonging to
* Don Bluth
* Ralph Bakashi
While Bluth and Disney’s styles could be mistakenly seen as being the same seeing how both produced films for a younger audience, unlike Bakashi whose productions were certainly much more adult in scope. Bluth’s films also contained a much darker edge to Disney, especially when he favoured snarling drooling, cigar chomping villains while equally happy to have characters killed off with no hope of a final act surprise return which Disney tend to favour.
While his work might not be as wildly recognised as Disney’s especially…
En el año 2000 la Fox apostó por una película animada bastante curiosa. Todo un homenaje a la ciencia ficción pulp de aventuras entretenidas cuya historia es una excusa para poner a los personajes en las diferentes tesituras. No está mal, y combina dibujos 2D con los gráficos 3D de Ice Age para darle un toque extra de realismo. Con el tiempo cantan un poco, pero tampoco molestan. No está nada mal, entretiene bastante.
Titan A.E. is a film that I remember loving as a kid, but was sorely disappointed by upon re-watch.
Titan A.E. is placed in a unique setting where Earth is destroyed and humans are a dying, nomadic race. The backdrop is unfortunately wasted as the story can be described as nothing more than boring.
Along with being boring, it also has bad animation and forgettable voice acting. There is just nothing in the film to get excited about.
The twists that the story takes are fine, but I ultimately did not care. The lead character, voiced by Matt Damon, was likeable enough, but nowhere near as fleshed out as he could have been.
I’m not going to spend any more time on this film; it is bad.
Actual Rating: 3.6/10
I dunno really. I love sci-fi and that was why i really wanted to see this one but it felt a little bland and like there was missing some depth in the characters. Also the CGI is very cuestionable in places, but also pretty good in other places so it was a bit confusing. I never really got excited and hooked on it so it was a bit dissapointing.
Complete list. :-(
Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…