On Second Thought: “Titan A.E.”

   
NOTE: This post was originally written for and published as part of MovieRob’s Genre Grandeur May- Animated Sci-fi/Fantasy (Non Disney/PIXAR) Movies.

With so many animated films coming out every year, and just over the last five, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Now try going back even further and remembering some of the seemingly more obscure ones. It’s easy to forget what one was like, particularly if it doesn’t have Disney stamped all over it.

The 20th Century Fox film “Titan A.E.”, may not hold up well to other animated films of the past few years, but it can still be entertaining for anyone.

This animated sci-fi film features the voice talents of Matt Damon (upcoming “The Martian”, “Interstellar”), Bill Pullman (upcoming “American Ultra”, “Cymbeline”), John Leguizamo (“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”, “Chef”), Nathan Lane (“The Good Wife”, “The English Teacher”), Janeane Garofalo (upcoming series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”, “A Little Game”), and Drew Barrymore (“Blended”, “Big Miracle”).

The film was directed by Don Bluth (“Bartok the Magnificent”, “Anastasia”) and Gary Goldman (“Gift of the Hoopoe (Short 2009)”, “Bartok the Magnificent”). It was written by Ben Edlund (“Gotham”, “Revolution”), John August (“Frankenweenie”, “The Nines”), and Joss Whedon (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “In Your Eyes”).

The film originally hit theaters on June 16, 2000.

I practically jumped for joy at the thought of this particular genre selection. It was an interesting one, first off, and then it became even more so when I discovered that I may actually have other animated films that fit this bill. The saddest part of this discovery is that it made me realize that I hadn’t watched some of these in a long time. Long time here means since I bought them. I’m banking on several years. At least, for the time being, I’m getting to sort of be a kid again, and that’s alright by me!

This will be short and sweet. The actors that provided the voices for these characters were fine. I’ve never had a problem with them, and still don’t. Yes they sound like them, but it didn’t hurt me in the end. I was only thinking that the voice I heard belonged to the character and not Damon or Barrymore. Now, on to the rest of what worked and didn’t. They definitely go hand in hand for this film.

I definitely think the worst thing about this film, especially since it came out 15 years ago, is that it doesn’t look well aged. The animation is primarily to blame for this. Much like with the only other film that this animation studio did, “Anastasia’, the animation is different. Very different. It can be distracting sometimes and that really seems to be it. It’s not bad, just weird and distracting.

While the film’s individual action scenes are fun and engaging (kind of), there’s still something that seems to be missing overall. The story is simple enough, maybe too simple, and while you’re going on an adventure, it seems to be a somewhat lackluster one. Even the ending is too blah. Everything just sort of happens in a predictable way once the other pieces fall into place.

However, that being said, the whole world created for this animated sci-fi adventure is pretty creative and dark. When the aliens come into play, I find them more interesting because of this different look in animation. They’re not typical on any level, and only belong in this world. With animation it’s already a given that things can be strange and occur, when in reality they can’t, but here, a sci-fi, the animation really allows this to be true.

While this film is somewhat a fun film, it certainly doesn’t stand out. It can be fun for a moment, because of its story, but not particularly wow you. Maybe if the writers had spent more time with character development and less with animated nudity and violence (way more violent than expected), this could’ve been a film I care for all the way. I’ll watch it again, but only if I feel like taking a trip to space and trying to save what’s left of the human race.

Here’s a quick reminder (or first time view) of this film courtesy of the trailer:

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