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Everything's hotter under the water in Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Much of the movie's success can be attributed to the richness of its research and development, which includes many historically accurate touches (people kvetching about supernatural weapons being sold to "the Kaiser") as well as a functional Atlantean language devised by Marc Okrand, the linguist responsible (to blame?) for Star Trek languages such as Klingon and Vulcan. Speaking of which, a rather raspy Leonard Nimoy turns up here as the morose King of Atlantis, with the late Jim Varney balancing him out in a saucy performance as Cookie, purveyor of "the four basic food groups: beans, bacon, whiskey, and lard."

The Disney empire strikes back with its latest release, Atlantis: The Lost Empire
The Disney empire strikes back with its latest release, Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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Screenplay by Tab Murphy. Featuring the voices of Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, James Garner, Leonard Nimoy, Don Novello, Claudia Christian, and Jim Varney.

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There's range to Atlantis, and insight, and verve, and that's why it works. It only seems extravagant to heap such praise upon a cartoon until one considers this pivotal line from the Whitmore character: "Our lives are remembered by the gifts we leave our children." I only wish more billionaires felt that way and more studios produced such fine entertainment.

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