ABC Film Challenge – Animation – A – Atlantis: Milo’s Return (2003)

Director: Victor Cook, Toby Shelton, Tad Stones

Writer: Thomas Hart, Henry Gilroy, Kevin Hopps, Tad Stones, Steve Englehart, Marty Isenberg (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) James Arnold Taylor, Cree Summer, John Mahoney, Jacqueline Obradors, Don Novello, Corey Burton


Plot: Milo and Kida reunite with their friends to investigate strange occurances around the world that seem to have links to the secrets of Atlantis.


Runtime: 1 Hour 10 Minutes


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Verdict: Disney’s Bad Spell


Story: Atlantis: Milo’s Return starts as we see Atlantis has continued to grow after the event of the first film Queen Kida has bough peace to the land with Milo still lives here. The life does seem calm until a new threat comes to the land, one that Milo and Kida must investigate.

When they learn that they are facing a monster from the deep unlike anything they have seen before the Kraken that has powers of mind control, the battle to save Atlantis is on again.


Thoughts on Atlantis: Milo’s Return


Characters – Milo is still the adventurer at heart, returning from Atlantis to explore for other Atlantean weapons which are being used around the world. Kida is now the Queen of Atlantis she wants to see the world and protect it from the ancient powers that her ancestors created which are being used in the real world.

StoryThe story brings Milo and his friends into the real world to locate ancient Atlantean weapons that are being used in the real world. the story is designed to be a pilot to a potential television show and you can see this because the film is split into 20 odd minute adventures from different parts of the world, this is weak from Disney because the first film did have a fan base, this will only disappoint them.

Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-FiThe adventure takes our characters to new location which should be an adventure to enjoy, the problem is that we don’t spend enough time here in each place, the fantasy shows how ancient idea could being new ideas to treasure hunting but mostly feels like a Scooby Doo episode and the sci-fi shows us the new world that came from ancient powers created modern technology.

SettingsThe settings take us to new locations which does against what we are expecting with a film about Atlantis.

AnimationThe animation quality isn’t on the levels of the Disney movie either which disappoints us throughout.

Scene of the Movie –
The Kraken.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is just not interesting for what we knew from Atlantis itself.

Final ThoughtsThis is a disappointing sequel to the weak Disney movie in the first place, this is sadly just like the pilot to the television show it wants to be.


Overall: Poor sequel Disney




Casper (1995)

lgoDirector: Brad Silberling

Writer: Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver (Screenplay) Joseph Oriolo (Characters)

Starring: Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Ben Stein, Don Novello

Plot: A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

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Verdict: Delightful Family Film

Story: Casper starts with two kids going to the abandoned house to get a photo only to meet Casper before running scared. Carrigan (Moriarty) and her lawyer Paul Plutzker (Idle) inheriting the manor house which they discover has a hidden treasure but is haunted by the friendly Casper but three mischievous ghosts Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso.

Casper decides to solve his own problem by getting Carrigan to call noted ghost shrink Dr James Harvey (Pullman) who along with his daughter Kat (Ricci) try to solve the problem. While Casper and Kat become friends Dr Harvey has to deal with the mischievous ghosts, but with the dead and the living having problems that each help solve them.

Casper is a family film that could easily be loved by all, it shows what it is like for a travelling teenager who gets forced into moving because of family issues. It tackles the idea of trying to fit in be in adults, children or ghosts. I think the whole family can enjoy certain part of this film and it doesn’t resort to immature jokes.

Actor Review

Bill Pullman: Dr James Harvey is the man who tries to cure ghosts problems to help them move onto the next life. He has been searching for ghosts so he can see his late wife again but makes his teenage daughter travel around with him against her will. Bill gives a good performance showing how he can pull off comedy too.

Christina Ricci: Kathleen Kat Harvey is the teenage daughter of Dr Harvey who has to go around with her father as he tries to solve ghosts personal problems, she doesn’t get a chance to make friends with her limited time in each town but this latest house could give her a chance when she meets Casper. Christina continued to show she was going to become a show with another great performance.kat

Cathy Moriarty: Carrigan Crittenden has inherited the manor house but when she learns that there is a treasure inside she needs to find a way to get rid f the ghosts inhabiting the manor house. Cathy is only a supporting character but plays the stuck up woman who is used to getting whatever she wants really well.

Eric Idle: Paul Dibbs Plutzkeer is the lawyer of Carrigan who gets treated like crap because she is used to getting everything she ever wants, he ends up becoming thee bumbling idiot of the film. Eric shows off his comic deadpan style in the role where he always looks slightly slow to react to anything.

Character: Casper is the friendly ghost who just wants to make a friend, he gets treated like a door mat by his Uncle’s but when the Harvey’s move in he sees this as an opportunity to make that long awaited friend. Casper is a brilliant addition to the film world and is the first computer generated main character and original friendly ghost.casper

Characters: Stretch, Stinkie, Fatso who are the mischievous ghosts who live in the manor who just like to scare people and make Casper their own slave. They aren’t the most deadly of ghosts but just enjoy themselves. Stretch, Stinkie, Fatso all make good comic supporting characters in the film.

Support Cast: Casper has a supporting cast that includes the school students and some brilliant cameos.

Director Review: Brad Silberling Brad does a great job directing this family comedy that isn’t over the top.

Comedy: Casper has well timed comedy with plenty of reference throughout the film giving us enough laughs without being too many.

Family: Casper brings us a story that the whole family can enjoy with reference all can understand.

Fantasy: Casper brings us into a fantasy world of friendly ghosts that just never passed over rather than them being all horror levels.

Settings: Casper keeps most of the film inside the manor house where the Harvey’s try to understand the ghosts, this works because we don’t need to have too many location for this film.
Special Effects: Casper has great effects for the time showing how far we had come even if certain things look weaker now they still are a lot better than certain ones we see.

Suggestion: Casper is one the whole family can sit down and enjoy. (Family Time Watch)

Best Part: The Halloween party.

Worst Part: I would like to have seen a little bit more comedy.

Funniest Scene: The drinking night between the mischievous ghosts and James.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: You could have a couple during the final act.

Chances of Sequel: It has sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $100 Million

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Who says there’s no such thing as ghosts?

Trivia: During the filming Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman had to talk to tennis balls in place of the ghosts while the digital ghost were added later on.

Overall: A film the whole family can enjoy filled with laughs and fresh feeling.

Scorecard Ratingcard

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

logoDirector: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Writer: Tab Murphy (Screenplay) Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, Joss Wehdon, Bryce Zabel, Jackie Zabel, Tab Murphy, David Reynolds (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Michael J Fox, Corey Burton, James Garner, Claudia Christian, John Mahoney, Phil Morris, Leonard nimoy, Don Novello, Jacqueline Obradors


Plot: A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.


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Verdict: Disney Standard Adventure


Story: Atlantis: The Lost Empire starts by showing the destruction of Atlantis. Flash forward to Washington 1914, where Milo James Thatch who wants to find the missing city of Atlantis and is presenting an idea for a proposal to search for it. Milo has his proposal rejected but a visit from the mysterious Helga Katrina Sinclair who brings Milo to meet Mr Whitmore. Mr Whitmore a friend of Milo’s grandfather gives Milo a gift from his grandfather proving he might have found Atlantis. Mr Whitmore has been arranging his own mission to find it Atlantis and wants to bring Milo along on the mission as one last request to Milo’s grandfather.

The crew together the mission launches off to Iceland that is the believed location of Atlantis. The crew approaching the location suffer huge loses after the ship is attacked by the guardian of Atlantis. The few that make it to the underground location continue their expedition being stalked by mysterious creatures knowing that finding a way out is their only option. When the group find the missing Atlantis they meet the locals, who want the explorers to leave. We learn that Atlantis does things a certain way and isn’t happy letting anyone new into the city, but the city is also trying to struggling to survive. It becomes clear that the team sent on the mission might well have alternative motives and it is up to Milo to fix what he has caused.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire really comes off as a very standard adventure film, it uses the real mythological city of Atlantis to help identify the idea that explorers will look for it to drive the story and give us very little extra motive as people still look for it today. The story falls slightly because it does turn into Treasure Island because of the crews turn and the naïve young man has to save the day. The story offers little in the way of originality and ends up used the same old clichéd ideas we have seen before. I do feel the story is solid but could easily be improved. (6/10)


Character Review


Milo James Thatch: Milo is ambitious young explorer who wants to find Atlantis but keeps getting rejected by the people who could make it happen. When he gets a chance from a mysterious friend of his late Grandfather, Milo jumps at the chance and becomes the group’s only hope of making it after the ships get destroyed. Milo is a good character but ends up looking like an educated version of Jim Hawkins. (6/10)


Support Characters: Atlantis: The Lost Empire has a clichéd supporting list with every possible generic character filled nicely and we all know what will happen to each and every one of them.


Director Review: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise – The pair gives a us a solid action animation film but nothing more. (6/10)


Adventure: Atlantis: The Lost Empire delivers on every level of an adventure film even if we have seen a lot of it before. (8/10)

Animation: Atlantis: The Lost Empire has great animation used throughout to make everything look beautiful when needed and frightening when needed. (8/10)

Family: Atlantis: The Lost Empire might not be the perfect family film due to the high body count the explorers encounter. (4/10)

Sci-Fi: Atlantis: The Lost Empire uses the sci-fi elements really well to make us look at what could have happened to a missing city. (8/10)

Settings: Atlantis: The Lost Empire creates brilliant settings for the story to take place in and around. (8/10)

Suggestion: Atlantis: The Lost Empire is one to try, I don’t think it will give the audience everything they are looking for but can pass the time nicely. (Try It)


Best Part: Inspired Avatar.

Worst Part: Inspired Avatar


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $186 Million

Budget: $90 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: Atlantis is waiting


Overall: Atlantis is one of the world’s biggest mysteries and this film just seems to fast forward any real ideas of what could have happened to the people of Atlantis.

Rating 55