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TITAN AE

SYNOPSIS:
As a child, Cale (voiced by Matt Damon) is whisked away from Earth just before it’s destroyed by the Dredge, an alien race of creatures comprised of pure energy. His father, a pilot, has also escaped on a top-secret craft, the Titan. But nothing has been heard from him now for 15 years, and the humans have scattered across the universe. Cale is working for a salvage company when he’s approached by Korso (Bill Pullman) to undertake a dangerous mission to find his father’s ship. Cale holds the key to the secret, a ring given to him by his father, which generates a DNA map showing where the Titan is located. On Korso’s ship, he meets the crew comprising the aliens Preed (Nathan Lane), Stith (Janeane Garofalo) and Gune (John Leguizamo) – and the beautiful Akima (Drew Barrymore).

"It’s common knowledge now that Titan A.E. was an expensive failure in the US. But just why is a little puzzling. It’s certainly nowhere near as bad as some of the films that have been box office successes and boasts an enviable cast of voice talent. The film’s graphic design is nothing short of brilliant, showcasing some of the most spectacular animation seen in recent times. The characters are generally accessible, even if the action-filled plot leaves them little time for development; and the story itself, while hardly original, is nonetheless compelling. Perhaps the answer lies in its scope and themes, which borrow heavily from Japanese animation more than from the Disney school with which most Americans (and I suspect most Australians) are familiar. Indeed, this epic tale of a grand odyssey in space shares many of the sensibilities seen recently in the Japanese film Princess Mononoke. Even the way the characters are drawn is reminiscent of the distinctive anime style. On occasions, it does over-reach and some of the plot twists are straight out of the textbook; but it never fails to keep the attention. And when it hits its straps, it’s nothing short of spectacular. Notable for their brilliant design are the Dredge, composed of energy and very nasty pieces of work to boot. Most of the voices provided by some of Hollywood’s headliners are unrecognisable, but then the animated format doesn’t easily lend itself to star spotting. Brimming with stunning scenes, vibrant action and a story that has you cheering for the good guys, Titan A.E. is an ambitious adventure tale, maybe not the greatest sci-fi film ever, but an exciting and flamboyant film nonetheless."
David Edwards

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TRAILER

TITAN AE (PG)
(US)

VOICES: Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, John Leguizamo, Janeane Garofalo, Nathan Lane

DIRECTOR: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello

PRODUCER: Don Bluth, Paul Gertz, David Kirschner

SCRIPT: Hans Bauer, Randall McCormick, Ben Edlund (story); John August, Joss Whedon

ART DIRECTION: Kenneth Valentine Slevin

EDITOR: Bob Bender, Fiona Trayler

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Philip A. Crudon

MUSIC: Graeme Revell

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 4, 2001

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Home Ent
VIDEO SELLTHROUGH RELEASE: July 4, 2001







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