Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

watch the 41st movie in Disney Animated Classics series inspired by the works of Jules Verne; Set in 1914, the movie tells the story of Milo Thatch who gains possession of a sacred book, which he believes will guide him and a crew of adventurers to the lost city of Atlantis.
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Story The movie begins with a large tidal wave, triggered by an explosion, which threatens to drown the island of Atlantis. In the midst of an evacuation from the capital city, the Queen of Atlantis is caught by a hypnotic blue light and lifted up into the "Heart of Atlantis", a powerful crystal protecting the city. Several thousand years later, in 1914, Milo Thatch believes that he has found The Shepherd's Journal, an ancient manuscript allegedly containing directions to the lost island.
Quotes Good afternoon, gentlemen. First off, I'd like to thank this board for taking the time to hear my proposal. Now, we've all heard of the legend of Atlantis a continent somewhere in the mid-Atlantic that was home to an advanced civilization possessing technology far beyond our own that, according to our friend Plato here was suddenly struck by some cataclysmic event that sank it beneath the sea. Now, some of you may ask, why Atlantis? It's just a myth, isn't it? Pure fantasy. Well, that is where you'd be wrong. 10,000 years before the Egyptians built the pyramids Atlantis had electricity, advanced medicine even the power of flight. Impossible, you say? Well, no. No, not for them. Numerous ancient cultures all over the globe agree that Atlantis possessed a power source of some kind more powerful than steam, than than coal. More powerful than our modern internal combustion engines. Gentlemen, I propose that we find Atlantis find that power source and bring it back to the surface. Now, this is a page from an illuminated text that describes a book called the Shepherd's Journal said to have been a first-hand account of Atlantis and its exact whereabouts. Now, based on a centuries-old translation of a Norse text historians have believed the Journal resides in Ireland. But after comparing the text to the runes on this Viking shield I found that one of the letters had been mistranslated. So, by changing this letter and inserting the correct one we find that the Shepherd's Journal the key to Atlantis lies not in Ireland, gentlemen but in Iceland. Uhh! Pause for effect. Gentlemen, uh, I'll take your questions now. Uh, would you gentlemen please excuse me for a moment? Cartography and Linguistics, Milo Thatch speaking. Yeah. Uh, just just a second. Pardon me, Mr. Hickenbottom. How's that? Is that better? Yeah. You're welcome ... WHITMORE: Ah! It's for you. It's it's from my grandfather. He brought that package to me years ago. He said if anything were to happen to him I should give it to you when you were ready whatever that means. MILO: It can't be. It's the Shepherd's Journal. Mr. Whitmore, this journal is the key to finding the lost continent of Atlantis! Atlantis! Ha ha ha! I wasn't born yesterday, son. No, no, no. Look at this. Coordinates. Clues. It's all right here. Yeah, looks like gibberish to me. That's because it's been written in a dialect that no longer exists. So it's useless. No, no, just difficult. I've spent my whole life studying dead languages. It's not gibberish to me. Ah, it's probably a fake. Mr. Whitmore, my grandfather would have known if this were a fake. I would know. I will stake everything I own, everything that I believe in that this is the genuine Shepherd's Journal. All right, all right. So what do you want to do with it? Well, I'll get funding. I mean, I'll The museum WHITMORE: They'll never believe you. I'll show them! I will make them believe. Like you did today? Yes! Well, no. How did you Forget about them, OK? Never mind! I will find Atlantis on my own. I mean, if I have to rent a rowboat! Congratulations, Milo. This is exactly what I wanted to hear. But forget the rowboat, son. We'll travel in style. It's all been arranged, the whole ball of wax. Why? For years your granddad bent my ear with stories about that old book. I didn't buy it for a minute. So finally I got fed up and made a bet with the old coot. I said, Thatch, if you ever actually find that so-called journal not only will I finance the expedition but I'll kiss you full on the mouth. Imagine my embarrassment when he found the darn thing. Now I know your grandfather's gone, Milo God rest his soul, but Preston Whitmore is a man who keeps his word. You hear that, Thatch? I'm going to the afterlife with a clear conscience, by thunder! Your grandpa was a great man. You probably don't realize how great. Those buffoons at the museum dragged him down made a laughingstock of him. He died a broken man. If I could bring back just one shred of proof that'd be enough for me. Ah, Thatch. What are we standing around for? We got work to do. But, Mr. Whitmore, you know, in order to do what you're proposing, you're gonna need a crew. Taken care of! You'll need engineers and and geologists. WHITMORE: Got 'em all. The best of the best. G'tan Moliere, geology and excavation. The man has a nose for dirt. Vincenzo Santorini, demolitions. Busted him out of a Turkish prison. Audrey Ramirez. Don't let her age fool you. She's forgotten more about engines than you or I will ever know. They're the same crew that brought the Journal back. Where was it? WHITMORE: Iceland. I knew it! I knew it! All we need now is an expert in gibberish. So it's decision time. You can build on the foundation your grandfather left you or you can go back to your boiler room. This is for real. Now you're catching on. All right. OK. I'll have to quit my job. It's done. You resigned this afternoon. MILO: I did? WHITMORE: Yep. Don't like to leave loose ends. Um, my apartment. I have to give notice. Taken care of. My clothes? Packed. My books? In storage. My cat? My gosh. Your granddad had a saying. Our lives are remembered by the gifts we leave our children. This journal is his gift to you, Milo. Atlantis is waiting. What do you say? I'm your man, Mr. Whitmore. You will not regret this. Boy, I am so excited, I can't even hold it in. Carrots. Why is there always carrots? I didn't even eat carrots.
Milo James Thatch, a linguist and cartographer
Milo James Thatch, a linguist and cartographer

Kida, the Princess of Atlantis
Kida, the Princess of Atlantis

Ulysses, a massive submarine
Ulysses, a massive submarine

Kashekim Nedakh, the King of Atlantis
Kashekim Nedakh, the King of Atlantis
  Soundtracks: Atlantis performed by No Angels and Donovan, Where the Dream Takes You music by Diane Warren and James Newton Howard, performed by Mya.


MILO: I know, but this... this doesn't make any sense. See, in this passage here, the shepherd seems to be leading up to something. He calls it the Heart of Atlantis. It could be the power source the legends refer to.

Commander Rourke: So we find this masterpiece. Then what?
MOLE: When do we dig?
MILO: Actually, we don't have to dig. You see, according to the journal, the path to Atlantis will take us down a tunnel at the bottom of the ocean and will come up a curve into an air pocket, right here, where we'll find the remnants of an ancient highway that will lead us to Atlantis.

WILHELMINA: Thank God I lost my sense of taste years ago.

MILO: This is an illustration of the Leviathan, the creature guarding the entrance to Atlantis.

PRESTON B. WHITMORE: What happened to Helga?
COOKIE: Well, we lost her when a flaming zeppelin come down...


The overall design and circular layout of Atlantis: The Lost Empire were also based on the writings of Plato, and his quote "in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea" was influential from the beginning of production.


Atlantis was promoted at Disneyland with models of the characters Kida and Milo displayed on Main Street.
Atlantis: the Lost Empire was meant to provide a springboard for an animated television series entitled Team Atlantis, which would have presented the further adventures of its characters.
The spiral "Atlantis" symbol can be found hidden in many places in the movie.
At the time of its release, Atlantis: The Lost Empire was notable for using more computer-generated imagery (CGI) than any other Disney-animated feature. To increase productivity, the directors had the digital artists work with the traditional animators throughout the production.
The final shot of the film, the restored Atlantis, was actually a combination of hundreds of drawings lined up into one 1500-foot long drawing.

Also you can watch Atlantis: Milo's Return and other parts of movie
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
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