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screenplay by Tab Murphy
directed by Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
by Walter Chaw Clearly trying to gain some anime credibility by aping the mystical mumbo jumbo of Akira in an unfathomable third act, jettisoning the musical romantic comedy format, and inserting a few subtitles, Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (henceforth Atlantis) has moments of true grandeur, though it has a good many more of pure Disney. It gets hip genre credibility from the story contributions of "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola and "Buffy" scribe Joss Whedon, but the best of intentions often lead to the worst of eventualities, and Atlantis is ultimately less "wow" than "oh, boy" and, eventually, "huh?"