Atlantis: Milo’s Return

I have the feeling we’ve all been had.

facts_about_lifeNo, I’m not talking about how Disney makes cheap direct-to-video sequels to its animated movies, I’m talking about the latest “sequel”, Atlantis: Milo’s Return.  Is this really a sequel?  Well, yes and no… I mean, it does pick up what’s been happening with the Atlantis crew, but I don’t think this is a motion picture.

In fact, I have the feeling that Atlantis: Milo’s Return is more of a salvage operation… a way of saving wasted animation from a television series that never saw the light of day due to the movie’s poor box office.  This wasted animation, I believe, was lumped together… a bit of extra animation was done to bridge the episodes, and then… viola!  You’ve got an inexpensive Atlantis sequel.

I’m not sure of the details, but that’s what this movie seems like.  It’s in three distinct segments that in no way relate to one another and each are thirty minutes long.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to piece it all together… television episodes!

Believe me, this is one television-level attempt too.  Sure, I count myself as one of the fans of Atlantis: The Lost Empire and it’s good to see the gang back in action… I just wish that the gang was in a little better form.

The story picks up a few years after the movie.  Milo and Kida are living happily in Atlantis rebuilding the lost empire when suddenly (and inexplicably) the Atlantis crew show up with the news that a creature is attacking ships at sea.  Kida fears that an Atlantean Leviathan may be on the loose so she joins the team to investigate.  Soon, they find themselves in a strange village under mind control… but from what?

From there, the story shifts to the American Southwest where a pack of sand coyotes are attacking people.  The Atlantis team must retrieve a lost Indian artifact to end the attacks.

Finally, the Atlantis team venture up north where a madman with an Atlantean spear believes that he is Odin and that it is his duty to bring about Ragnarok… the end of the world.

Sure, I know that the direct to video sequels are of lower quality than the motion pictures… it’s not something that I like, but it’s something that I accept.  Still, the animation in Atlantis II is pitiful… as if the low paid Koreans who put it all together just stopped caring.

The individual segments aren’t anything overly terrible, but they are by no means memorable either, the animation is less than Saturday morning level, and the whole thing  just feels pared down.  If you’re a fan of the original Atlantis: The Lost Empire, I’d give this thing a rent just for nostalgia’s sake, but no way would I plunk down the cash to buy it.

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Jason Donner

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