TITAN A.E.

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

By and large, not the most compelling young adult animated film ever made, “Titan A.E.” does achieve some general level of memorability with its ensemble voice cast and its use of science fiction and space travel. However, it fails to stand the test of time and occasionally looks haphazard and uneven. Lead by Matt Damon as the main character Cale, the general emotions are there, but not much more than that. Drew Barrymore and Bill Pullman do well in bringing their characters to life and capture an essence that makes the film more enjoyable. The plot of the film: after the destruction of Earth, a band of misfits searches for humanity’s last hope. That produces a solid through-line science fiction film, but with constant motivation shifts and little emotional attachment between the characters, the overall story-line is lacking. Also, desperate to adhere to a young adult age group, the film’s score comprises pop music that often feels out of place, including LIT’s “Over My Head” as its anthem. Successful in its time and praised by several critics, “Titan A.E.” over 13 years later is not the influential science fiction film it once was. Instead, it is a somewhat scattered attempt at bringing animated adventures to adults.

RELEASE DATE
June 16, 2000

DIRECTOR
Don Bluth
Gary Goldman

WRITTEN BY
Ben Edlund
John August
Joss Whedon
Hans Bauer (story by)
Randall McCormick (story by)

STUDIO
20th Century Fox

PG
(for action violence, mild sensuality and brief language)

ANIMATION
ACTION
ADVENTURE
FAMILY
SCI-FI

94 minutes

COMPOSER
Graeme Revell

EDITOR
Bob Bender
Paul Martin Smith
Fiona Trayler

CAST
Matt Damon
Bill Pullman
John Leguizamo
Nathan Lane
Janeane Garofalo
Drew Barrymore
Ron Perlman
Tone Loc
Jim Breuer

PRODUCED BY
Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
David Kirschner

BUDGET
$90 million

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