Feb. 16, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST
and Titan A.E. rules.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST
Was awesome. Those villain aliens were awesome.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST
watch shitloads of Bluth movies thanks to Netflix (that's pretty much the only decent full-length animation they have on "watch instantly"). I'm starting to really like them, but every once in a while, there's a serious stinker. Best one so far...Anastasia. It's kind of a triumph. That movie has so much eye candy it puts Disney to fucking shame. Still. Rasputin scared the shit out of my kid too, which isn't very funny I suppose. Kind of funny. She wanted to watch it again, so that's good.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST
was the serious stinker I mentioned above. It made me want to tear my ears off and scoop my eyes out. Kid thought it was awful too. "This is shit." Direct quote. And she's six, and not supposed to say "shit", but I couldn't even give her a time out or whatever responsible parents do nowadays cause I agreed. We had to follow it up with fucking Feivel just to get the stench out of the room.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST
TAE is among the long list of my favorite movies. I can understand why it bombed commercially - it boils down to skimpy promotion - but I simply do not understand why the movie is regarded as a failure on any other level.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST
Feb. 16, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST
is a very under-rated movie.
Feb. 16, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST
picked a more marketable title. I can see this bombing based on the title alone.
Feb. 16, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST
I hope this doesn't suck. And Titan A.E. was one of the best SF films of the last decade. About as close to the fun and feel of the original Star Wars as audiences are likely to get anytime soon. The aliens were cool, the plot twists were farily surprising, and action was awesome. It's only downfalls are some overactive character animation and the unfortunate choice of music throughout the movie. The trailer for it that was a just a series of images set to Creed's "Higher" was a real eye-fucker though.
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST
show that there was a much more interesting movie than what we ended up with. True, it might not have been much better, but there was definitely more to it than the final product.
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST
I too am a fan of Titan AE.
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST
I never really had the attention span for the deleted scenes on the Titan A.E. disc (which is now scratched beyond belief and in desperate need of a replacement) because of the unfinished animation. Is there anything that sticks out?
Feb. 16, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST
A peak is the top of a mountain. A peek is a look at something.
Feb. 16, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST
But Ive seen it several times since. Its a Bluth movie with a boner joke.
Feb. 16, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST
I saw it during it's release at fucking hated it. Especially the soundtrack. I feel I would have liked it more with a proper orchestral score throughout but the shitty commercial song soundtrack killed almost every scene. It just didn't fit what was happening on screen and ruined the whole movie. Sort of like how Phil Collins ruined Tarzan. Shame coz I love me some Bluth, especially Dragons Lair and Space Ace. They really should make a feature of those, but with no shoe-horned commercial shit music.
Feb. 16, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST
The trick is to look past that shity soundtrack and find an expertly designed, straightforward SF movie that imagines a pretty varied world-building experience. There were lots of alien races and an intersting view of humanity as refugees in a universal society. Not to mention that the villains were an exellent precursor for the geth in the mass effect video games. It's just a fine feat for imagination. A lot of fun ideas and a good sense of humor. Sure, the humor was a little off and the animation had some shoddy sequences, but it was a terrific film that would have been a blockbuster, or at least a cult classic, had it been live action.
Feb. 16, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST
It's a solid little novel with a supervillian as the main character who, growing up, had a lab under his suburban house. He's been thwarted up to now with his plans. This looks more kid friendly than the novel. Get legal on the phone.
Feb. 16, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST
I HAVE THAT BOOK!
Feb. 16, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST
My older brother loved it and loan it to me. Really enjoyed the lead, but didn't appreciate the prose. Either way, it was a fun read, glad to head that others have discovered it.
Feb. 16, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST
Lotharius: Give it a whirl. It's bigger in scope than this movie, I think, with lots of super-heroes, etc. It's a solid novel, blue tights aside. The premise for this movie reminded me of the book. Hopefully, Austin Grossman can get paid too.
Feb. 16, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST
This looks pretty terrible
Feb. 16, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
The two sequels were mediocre, and Robots and Hortn Hears A Who! were bland. Shame...
Feb. 16, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
The chase through the field of giant ice crystals was fucking STUNNING.
Feb. 16, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST
It would be a shame if he stopped traumatizing kids with his movies forever. (I even go so far and blame "N.I.M.H." for my Arachnophobia! Good times, good times...)
Feb. 16, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST
That's the line from the trailer of Titan A.E. that convinced me NOT to see it. The line was a blatant, word-for-word direct steal from The Empire Strikes Back, and that burned my balls (aesthetically speaking). When it comes to 2D animated sci-fi, I much prefer Treasure Planet. I saw it at the theater and liked it, and I've re-watched it several times on the Disney channels, and that thing looks better and better as time goes by. Good characters, clever ideas (Long John Silver as an amiable, fatherly but treasure-hungry cyborg - a brilliantly-rendered concept) and damn beautiful animation. But like most sci-fi-based animated cartoons, it underperformed at the box office. Too bad. Was a hell of a lot better than Titan and, oh yeah, this stupid-looking Despicable Me. Feh.
Feb. 16, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST
A definite centerpiece. But I kind of liked the planet they go to that is populated by balloons filled with explosive gasses. That, to me, was something I had never seen before. And the fact that that planet's inhabitants psychic abilities seemed to be based off of sheer observation of the stars around them instead of a supernatural daemon like the force. Man, what is Don Bluth up to these days?
Feb. 16, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST
I don't remember that line from the movie. But, at the same time, you just mentioned a movie I've never bothered to watch. Is it any good? Is it really just 'Treasure Island' in space? Inquiring minds want to know.
Feb. 16, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST
Here's some stuff he (or his company) is doing. http://donbluth.com/nws/news.html I do remember talk about a Dragon's Lair movie years back but I guess that went nowhere.
Feb. 16, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST
Was a movie with some balls to it. It created fantastical otherworldly environments and spacescapes instead of just reimagining a whole planet of ice or sand. The villians were both dangerous and effective. As a whole a good film. Easily holds up to about 80% sci-fi crap put out these days.
Feb. 16, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST
Even Siskel and Ebbert liked it (or whoever was partnering with Ebbert).
Feb. 16, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST
Always good to hear some love for that little bit of awesome that was Titan A.E. Personally, I think that it was the disaster of "Battlefield Earth" that ruined "Titan A.E." Same summer. Same genre. One was a disaster. The other a triumph. Together, they were overshadowed by Russell Crowe in "Gladiator."
Feb. 16, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
...where the supreme acts of evil are all hilariously pathetic.<p> - Hecubus, do you know why I was late today?<p> - No master, I don't.<p> - Someone had parked in my parking spot. Hecubus, what kind of car do you drive?<p> - A red Corolla, master.<p> - EVIL!!!!
Feb. 16, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST
It was uneven. At the time I don't think I realized it, but the soundtrack was rather horrible, wasn't it. Huh.<p> Lots of memorable stuff in it for me. Wonder when my almost-5-year-old will be ready for it. Hmm...<p> Treasure Planet was _almost_ good. The Martin Short robot COMPLETELY killed the entire movie from the moment it appeared (and I like Martin Short ever since Innerspace). All of the blame probably doesn't fall on that character, but the movie just falls apart at the time. <p>Some of the visuals are stunning, though. The premise and the art direction weren't enough to save it for me, though. I was very disappointed.<p> Definitely enjoyed Titan AE more when I saw it.
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST
...is definitely worth watching with the commentary track. Basically 90 minutes of Don Bluth & Gary Goldman explaining exactly why everything that sucks about it is there... and yes, it all comes down to the execs saying "put this in!" or "make this like Star Wars!". They're very proud that they took a crappy movie and made it fun as best they could. I remember one story from the commentary about Janeane Garofalo's character Stith... Don Bluth said he was so bored by all the crap they were forcing him to add to the movie that he gave the character four knees just for the hell of it, because he'd never animated something with four knees and it seemed like fun.
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST
Loved Soon I Will Be Invincible. Also, I loved those Kids in the Hall sketches. EVIL!
Feb. 16, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST
It was better than I remembered it. Darn good, actually. Comparable to Princess and the Frog. Not quite up to Beauty and the Beast standards, but I doubt anything Disney comes up with is going to be up to Beauty and the Beast standards.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST
fox shut down its 2d animation unit.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST
is just great. sweet. short and very funny.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST
and it looked horrible.
Feb. 16, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST
Here's a funny animated short about David Lynch meeting George Lucas. You guys HAVE TO SEE THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLAyo1wE4Vo
Feb. 16, 2010, 1 p.m. CST
good story....most of the voice acting was good...except for baldwin as bats, who sucked balls<p> does anyone know if conroy did something to piss dc off?
Feb. 16, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST
Feb. 16, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST
I think some money exchanged hands for this review. It's just a gut feeling. Mary & Max is one of the best animated movies I've ever seen and hardly anyone saw it. Where's the praise for that movie?
Feb. 16, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST
hasn't done anything to piss DC off, and in fact he just played Batman again (well, alternate world Batman) in Brave and the Bold. <p> What it is, is the execs want "different" and "big names" to make the movies stand out as separate from the tv shows. <p> They still end up getting Conroy on like, every third project anyway.
Feb. 16, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST
Watched The Secret of Nihm with my kids the other night - we all enjoyed the crap out of it.
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
After a decade's worth of absolute CRAP (Pebble & The Penguin, A Troll In Central Park, ect.), both Anastasia and Titan A.E. were Bluth's best worh since The Secret Of NIMH. It still pisses me off that Anastasia's box office was stunted by Disney reissuing The Little Mermaid on the SAME FUCKING WEEKEND in 1997. Hey, I love The Little Mermaid (Ariel is teh hotness), but Bluth got royally hosed. The fact that the movie still did a respectable $55 million was probably due to how good it really was. Titan A.E. just had a confused advertising campain coupled with the fact that it opened the same weekend as the Shaft remake, so teenagers snuck into that while family audiences barely even knew that Titan A.E. was even OUT.
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
Feb. 16, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST
So it didn't make any money, I'd still take Titan A.E. over Alvin and the Chipmonks or the Ice Age films any day.
Feb. 16, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST
My one big criticism is the stupid rock songs they inserted. But as others have said above, they invested real imagination into the settings and environments. And the sound design is pretty boss too. The 5.1 mix is one of the best on DVD imho.
Feb. 17, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST
..I'm sorry, what was this article about again?
Feb. 17, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST
That headline was misspelled all day. Fuck me running.
Feb. 18, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST
Was also pretty awesome. Underrated animated film from last year. Plus its got one of the best scores from last year.