TITAN AE: DVD
In the year 3028 an evil race of aliens called the Drej destroys Earth. 15 years later a
young man named Cale (voiced by Matt Damon) discovers he has a genetically coded map
leading to the Titan, a spaceship that holds the secret to the salvation of the human
race. With the Drej in pursuit, Cale attempts to find the Titan before it, and humankind,
are destroyed forever.
The cover of this DVD carries a quote reading "This is the one Star Wars fans have
been waiting for." Not enough of them apparently because this $US75 million feature
turned out to be Fox Animation’s first and probably last foray into the lucrative
high-tech `toon market. Its failure to rack up Antz or Shrek-like box-office returns can
be put down to a combination of factors, starting with its PG rating.
Although parents will now take the kids to see animations rated higher than G,
it’s usually because they’re pitched at one level for moppets and another one
for adults—Shrek being the most notable example. Titan A.E. is aimed squarely at a
teenage audience, making it too sophisticated and scary for tots but not adult enough to
attract savvy grown-ups. On a technical level it’s outstanding, with some beautifully
detailed futuristic landscapes and one truly dazzling mirror maze-like sequence set in a
minefield of spiky ice rocks floating in space. The story of an unwilling young hero who
carries the hopes of humanity in a magic ring given to him by his late father is
entertaining enough but suffers from villain let-down. The evil Drej are a faceless mass
of chrome and electrical circuits who speak in subtitles and lack the character to make
them connect with an audience and become hissable. Elsewhere we’re reminded of Star
Wars a little too much. Important messages are delivered by Princess Leia-like holograms,
hero Cale (Matt Damon) is rather too like Luke Skywalker, sidekick Preed (Nathan Lane)
resembles Jar Jar Binks and scientist Gune (John Leguizamo) looks like a cross between
Yoda and E.T.
Still, this is splendid to look at and the disc comes with a comprehensive range of
extras. A 25 minute "making of" featurette takes a fascinating look at the
animation process from first pencil drawings to final product and Bluth and Goldman
provide absorbing commentary. There’s also a gallery of 120 stills and four deleted
scenes presented in various stages of completion. Not a great film but definitely a good
value purchase. There is a German language option on the audio although it is not
mentioned on the cover.
Publication Date: September 6, 2001
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TITAN A.E. (PG)
CAST: Voices of Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Janeane
Garofalo, Nathan Lane.
DIRECTOR: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: July 4, 2001
SPECIAL FEATURES: Widescreen 2.35:1; Deleted Scenes; Trailer, Featurette; Audio
Commentary with Directors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Languages: English, German.
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, German for the hard of hearing, Czech,
Portuguese, Hebrew, Icelandic, Hungarian, Polish
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