Titan A.E.

Starring: Janeane Garofalo, Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Produced by: 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation Studios, David Kirschner Productions

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: June 16, 2000
Viewing Location: 42nd St. Empire 25, NYC Grade: B+
Summary: Groundbreaking animation and technology.
I saw the digital version, and I believe this is the first digital movie in wide release. Digital means that there is no film-- it's projected onto the wide screen from a computer. Obviously this has to be extremely high resolution to work, and as I was in the front row, I could easily discern the individual pixels and jagged edges of the diagonal lines. So, I think the technology needs a little work. It wasn't bad though, and frequently I forgot all about it. I guess if you're a few rows back you won't notice it either.

The realism and the fantastic effects of some of the spaceships and space objects was very impressive, although with computers today replacing plastic models (like in Star Wars and Babylon 5), one really has to wonder exactly when a film is classified as "animated". For this, it's obvious to tell, as the main characters are still drawn art, even if the some of the scenic backgrounds and effects are too realistic for the genre.

The movie has a decent modern rock and roll soundtrack, too. Not exactly my kind of music, but hey, it's much better than the "singing characters" tripe that Disney makes you suffer through.

The main faults with the film lie in the story. Can't complain about the voice acting, it's okay. But the plot doesn't make a lot of sense, it's as if the plot is merely an incidental device used to carry us from one artistic display to the next. I really wish they had written a better story, one that made more sense. At the end you're left wondering what's going to stop more bad guys from showing up. And how Cale escapes from this cell really leaves you wondering. So try to ignore the plot when you watch this and just enjoy the art. 

Review by Finrod Date seen: 0, 0000
Viewing Location: dvd Grade: B
Summary: Fairly formulaic, but hey it looks good
The plot to this movie won't surprise anyone over the age of 12, except for the parts where it doesn't make any sense, but it's still fairly entertaining, and it looks good.  

Review by tmon Date seen: June 21, 2000
Viewing Location: AMC Empire 25, NYC Grade: A
Summary: Fun, but dumb story
Kewl effects. Slight nudity and violence, which I guess I am not really used to seeing in animated films. I also saw the digital version and the picture and sound rocked. I am going to go buy the soundtrack! 

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