Kid Tested – Uncle Approved: Atlantis – The Lost Empire

This article was first published in the Holyoke Enterprise on 3/26/15.

It was around middle school that I stopped watching the new Disney animated movies. I was growing out of cartoons (yeah, look at me now) and frankly, wasn’t a huge fan of the animation style of the late 90s-early 2000s. The design was very geometric and boxy, and it looked like their movies from the early 80s, which, being a kid who can only like new stuff; how could I possibly suffer through something that looked so old. Yeah, I was a dumb kid.

Anyway, one of the movies I missed during that time was Atlantis: The Lost Empire. It’s the story of linguist Milo Thatch who believes he is on the path to finding the lost civilization of Atlantis, but lacks the funding for the expedition. When exocentric millionaire Preston Whitmore reveals he’s been planning the expedition for years after losing a bet to Milo’s grandfather, Milo is on his way to the bottom of the sea, in search of the ultimate power source, the Heart of Atlantis.

This is most definitely a “boy movie”. According to the trivia, crew members wore shirts during production that read, “Atlantis – Fewer songs, more explosions”. It’s also one of the only animated Disney movies to be rated PG. It is action packed and feels almost like an Indiana Jones movie. While being very exciting, it is probably a little too scary for young kids but is also great for nerdy kids who like history and legends (I mean, Milo wears glasses. 50 Nerd Points right there!). Speaking of Nerd Points, linguist Marc Okrand, who created the Atlantean language for the film, also created the Klingon and Vulcan used in the original Star Trek series, and Spock himself, the late, great Leonard Nimoy, is a voice in the movie.

They also went on to make a G-rated sequel in 2003, so maybe I’ll have to give that a watch at some point as well.

All in all, a great little action adventure movie.

4 out of 5

Rating: 4 out of 5 Snack Packs


Lincoln L. Hayes is a former writer and columnist of the Holyoke Enterprise. He lives in New York City where he is pursuing an acting and filmmaking career. Follow his work at


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