Titan A.E. (2000)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Action, Space Adventure  |   Release Date - Jun 16, 2000 (USA)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Karl Williams

Classic animation and computer-generated imagery combine in this visually impressive animated epic that ultimately falls flat due to a clich├ęd, highly formulaic script that's a hodgepodge of ideas and characters from other science fiction films. Like so many of the recent films from animator and co-director Don Bluth, Titan A.E. boasts impressive technical credits and aesthetic polish but lacks a foundation in storytelling that would make the project compelling. While Bluth's tales usually seem to be strongly influenced by Disney, he chooses this time to reference several live-action sci-fi classics, among them Star Wars (1977), The Last Starfighter (1984), and Independence Day (1996), all of which had greater box-office success. In fact, Titan A.E. was such a financial disappointment for studio 20th Century Fox that plans for a full-time animation studio were scrapped in the wake of the film's failure.