While Walt Disney was known for making cheery animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), The Lion King (1994), The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) and Frozen (2013), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) is an exception.
The film took place during 1914, about a journalist named Milo James Thatch (Michael J. Fox) who always believed that Atlantis is real. At his grandfather’s friend’s house, Preston Whitmore (John Mahoney) hired Milo to take on a expedition that followed up on Thaddeus Thatch’s trip to Iceland, where he found the Shepherd’s Journal.
At the expedition, Milo joined seven crew members, including Commander Lyle Rourke (James Garner) to go to Atlantis by using a submarine.
The Atlantean language in the film was created by Marc Okrand, who also invented the Klingon language for the Star Trek franchise. Atlantean language had a more human feel compared to many other fictitious languages.
This colorful film that never has any musical numbers is completely worth rediscovering. In fact, Joss Whedon wrote some of the film’s story.