AE" on DVD
Space Opera at its
Titan AE may go down in history as the movie that killed Fox Animation
Studio, and if thats the case its a damn shame.
The Don Bluth, Gary Goldman followup to the terrific Anastasia
is a rollicking sci-fi adventure in the grand tradition of the pulp SF
of decades past. Not only that, its a real animation tour de force
where you often almost forget that this is, at heart, a cartoon.
Set in the thirty-first century, the movie begins with the destruction
of planet Earth at the hands of the vile Drej and the last-minute escape
of as many humans as can get away.
One of the refugees is Cale, a young lad whose father left him in the
last minutes before the attack so he could take to safety the Titan, a
ship whose importance we only learn much later.
Flash forward fifteen years and Cale is a nondescript salvage worker
until a mysterious human shows up and drags him along on a wild
adventure across the galaxy in search of the lost Titan and the secrets
Cale, Korso (a former friend of Cale's father who came back to get him),
Akima and the rest of the crew stay a maximum of a single step ahead of
the Drej, who are still intent on making humanity extinct. This gives
the filmmakers many opportunities for outrageously exciting space battles
in unbelievable galactic locations.
Titan AE uses a blend of traditional and computer animation and the result
is an outstanding visual experience. From sweeping spacescapes to outrageous
aliens, Bluth and company have fashioned a marvelous movie experience.
Its not a cartoon for kids, its a cartoon for everyone who
loves a ripping yarn well told and well made. The fact that it's a cartoon
The voices are well cast, with Matt Damon as Cale, Bill Pullman as Korso,
and Drew Barrymore as Akima. Supporting voices include Nathan Lane, John
Leguizano, Janeane Garofalo,
The DVD is in widescreen, with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio offered
on the same disc. Video quality is wonderful, and the audio will positively
rattle your walls. In fact, we thought there was a tad too much bass in
places, but its very tight and well produced regardless. Extras
include a PC Friendly DVD ROM component, director's commentary, a Fox
kids special "The Quest for Titan," a music video deleted scenes, still
gallery, etc. There's also the "THX Optimode" setup tests for ensuring
your home theater's tweaked to its utmost.
Its a shame that Titan AE didnt reach its potential audience.
It has all the things people love about Star Wars, and despite its feel
for old Heinlein, Asimov, and Harry Harrison stories in the end its
its own movie, and a must see at that.
Titan AE, from 20th
Century Fox Home Video
95 minutes, Widescreen (2.35:1), Dolby Digital/DTS
Starring Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman
Produced by David Kirschner, Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
Written by Ben Edlund and John August and Joss Whedon, Directed by Don
Bluth and Gary Goldman
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