This another one of those hyped-up movies which you see previews for over a year in advance and
has such so much anticipation it's incredible. The question must be asked, "Can a movie hold
up to such anticipation?" In Titan A.E.'s case, yes and no.
Titan blends computer and hand-drawn animation pretty well for this sci-fi adventure. While the
story is interesting, and the animation thrilling, it's amazing the faults that exist in the final
product. While the voice talents of Matt Damon as Cale, Nathan Lane as Preed, Bill Pullman as Korso,
and Drew Barrymore as Akima are all good with the the characters being equally such, there are 2 charactes
that personally grated on my nerves in a "Jar-Jar Binks" sort of way. Gune, voiced by John Leguizamo,
and Stith, voiced by Janeane Garofolo both have relatively irritating characters who break the mood and stick
out as rather misplaced. Also, the animation was a little inconsistent. At times, the drawings became
rough and the animation choppy. However, sometimes the movie has such amazing animation moments where
the picture couldn't get better (like the ice field scene.
One last problem, that most critics picked on and I must agree to an extent, was the dialog.
It was simple, sometimes silly, and common, but the overall delivery of the film and the visual
effects helped mask the problem. Content is odd for an animated feature. It's very violent and does
have several instances where quite a bit of cartoon blood is seen. The worst, in the end when
a character is bleeding in a weightless environment and the blood just beads up and floats away, and
in another scene, a character is shot through the shoulder with cartoon blood squirting out.
The language isn't too bad, but there is a possible muffled "s" word (or just a noise sounding as one),
One obvious mistake was the soundtrack selections. They played several rock tunes throughout
the movie that didn't fit and only hurt. The instrumental score, what little there was, seemed to fit
Overall, it was good. A definite for a rainy day, but not worth the 8 bucks. Also, the fantasy storyline
is not to be taken seriously, especially when it occasionally borderlines on ridiculous. And if
you have a choice between animated features to see, see Dinosaur. Due to the violence and the imperfections,
I give 2000's Titan A.E. just 2 and a half stars. If you have any questions or comments about the film before you see it (if you
decide to), feel free to
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
As Cale is hovering above a medical table while Akima is working over him, we see his bare butt a couple times.
Cale unknowingly walks in on Akima who happens to be putting a towel around her nude body, but we
don't see anything.
Vulgarity/Language: 3 "d*mn"
(All violence is drawn being it's a cartoon)
Cale has some blood on his arm, and later his leg, after being shot.
In one scene, we see Cale up against a windshield and some blood runs onto it.
Seen from sort of a distance, Akima puts a medical instrument into the wound in Cale's leg.
Akima is shot in the shoulder resulting in some blood squirting out.
After being injured, we see some blood from Korso's arm float around in the air while being in a low gravity environment.
Violence: Explosions, people being shot, creatures blown up, a planet blown up, lots of destruction, punching, kicking
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