Titan A.E. (2000)
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Movie Details
Director Gary Goldman; Art Vitello; Don Bluth
Producer Don Bluth; Gary Goldman
Writer John August; Ben Edlund
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 1 hr 35 mins
Color Color
Plot
A visual knockout, Titan A.E. is an ambitious animated feature that combines traditional animations, computer-generated imagery, and special effects in the service of a science fiction adventure plotted with narrative conventions familiar from Star Wars and Star Trek. Credit directors Don Bluth (An American Tail, The Secret of NIMH, Anastasia) and Gary Goldman with crafting a vivid, convincing look to this deep space saga, which conjures some stunning images. A tense opening sequence climaxing in the destruction of Earth, a watery planet where delicate but deadly hydrogen trees float, joyriding in a starship while pursued by playful "space angels," and a nerve-wracking journey through a lethal maze of massive ice crystals each qualify as mesmerizing sequences in any film context.

What's visually stunning proves intermittently stunted on the narrative front, however. Orphaned when the evil Drej atomize Earth, protagonist Cale (voiced by Matt Damon) must journey across space to unlock the mystery of his late father's final project, the Titan spacecraft, in a test of faith and filial identity that echoes Star Wars. The Titan itself ultimately poses a cosmic potential familiar to admirers of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Comical sidekicks (Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, John Leguizamo), a sultry love interest (Drew Barrymore), and a roguish mentor (Bill Pullman) all verge on the generic, narrowly redeemed by dialogue from a writing team including Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon.

It's likely that Titan's target audience of young males prompted the filmmakers to walk a tightrope between softer family features and more violent, hard-edged anime. Titan's brief bloodshed and coy nudity stop short of PG-13 terrain, though younger viewers might be unsettled by the violence. Young teens will find the proceedings tamer than the video games and anime fantasies that have influenced it. --Sam Sutherland

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Index 356
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 024543009245
Chapters 20
Release Date 11/7/00
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
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