DisneyToons review: Atlantis: Milo`s Return

Disneytoon`s 23rd film.
Disneytoon`s 23rd film.

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My opinion right after watching the film

My opinion right after watching the film is that I disliked the first film, and in comparison, I have no strong feeling for it one way or another. I do not like or really dislike it, though it is a cheap and contrived effort of creating something for a franchise that clearly needed to die.

Production

All I know about the production of this film is that it was supposed to be a TV show, but after it got cancelled after the poor reception of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and since they already made footage, they collaborated it into this film.

Story

The film starts with Kida (Cree Summer) narrating that they are using the crystal to restore their culture, uncovered mysteries, and thriving off of knowledge. She is somehow married to Milo Thatch (James Arnold Taylor), which I am confused by, since they barely had a relationship in the first film. A bunch of  “intruders” (really the crew from the last film) arrive (I thought that they forever blocked the real world to Atlantis.

Here is where it gets shitty. Apparently they are there to get Milo to help them find a mysterious creature named Kraken, who is wrecking havoc on the ships and on land. I guess this is a pathetic copout to get Milo and Kida to leave Atlantis.

My reaction to watching a sequel to a film that was crap anyways.
My reaction to watching a sequel to a film that was crap anyways.

Kida is learning a lot more about the human world, which is exciting for her. So they continue look more into this Kraken thing, believing that it had some connection to some Atlantean war. Long story short, they end up going to the sea after some robot woman tells them more about the monster, and they end up defeating Kraken, who was a master, and was a lot deeper than they thought, whatever. Yaaaayyy. Sorry if this review is extremely half assed, and lackluster, but I cannot muster the energy to write a lot about this film. Why does this exist?

Apparently they go to the Southwest, and realize that some coyote spirits are affecting the area. They go to some ancient building, and seeing that it was too clean (like no dust anywhere), meaning that these coyote spirits were at the area. Kida does not understand why certain antiques were protected by the glass (the point of museums), and she sees an antique that reminds her of Atlantis, which she makes. The shop owner Ashton (Thomas F. Wilson) rubs them the wrong way, and they see a bunch of random figures and spirits, which causes a car crash.

So the same figure kidnaps a majority of the crew, and
So the same figure kidnaps the crew, and it is the same man who got them earlier. They end up escaping, defeating the man, and they meet up with some native man Chakashi (Floyd Red Crow Westerman) tells them that the people of Atlantis and his people are very similar, so he will let them go on their way with their knowledge of the people without killing them pretty much.

So they go home, only for Whitmore (John Mahoney) to tell them that a sphere was stolen form him, and accuses the Norse vikings of stealing it. This was somehow in a book Milo had, which explains that the Norse vikings wanted the sphere to use it to bring back doomsday and end the world in Ragnarock. Kida compares this to her father hiding the crystal in Atlantis, but Milo tells her that the Norse God is not protecting anyone, while her father was protecting everyone. They go to Norway, where Kida is kidnapped because it is easy to tell that she is the daughter of Atlantis (and initially thought that she was his daughter). She ends up stealing the sphere, defeats the god, and decides to combine it with the crystal to lift Atlantis, finally realizing that her father was wrong to hide the crystal from the others. This was decent growth for Kida I guess.

What I can say about this film is that it would have been a great TV show. Add some hcharacter development, some ties to their backgrounds, and relevant adventures would have made this better than the other TV series. It is clear that this was supposed to be a parted pilot, which I can respect, but the predecessor flopped. Honestly, what they did with Kida is the only reason why this film was not horrible. It is about on par with the original film.
What I can say about this film is that it would have been a great TV show. Add some character development, some ties to their backgrounds, and relevant adventures would have made this better than the other TV series. It is clear that this was supposed to be a parted pilot, which I can respect, but the predecessor flopped. Honestly, what they did with Kida is the only reason why this film was not horrible. It is about on par with the original film.

Characters

The characters are worse and less memorable than they were in the first film, so….. they were not good whatsoever. All of the side characters were either not memorable, or even more one-note than before.

Honestly, I cannot even call him the protagonist of the film. He was even more boring than he was in the film, and made me tune out more than I already did.
Honestly, I cannot even call him the protagonist of the film. He was even more boring than he was in the film, and made me tune out more than I already did.
Honestly, I have to say that Kida improved in this bootleg sequel. She learned a lot about th ehuman world, how they function, and realized that while her father was wrong for what he did in the original, but she understood where she came from. I can honestly say that she was the redeeming part of this film.
Honestly, I have to say that Kida improved in this bootleg sequel. She learned a lot about th ehuman world, how they function, and realized that while her father was wrong for what he did in the original, but she understood where she came from. I can honestly say that she was the redeeming part of this film.

Animation

It is TV animation, and it looks like it was made during the Aladdin sequels time, which was about 10 years prior to this. So, it is pretty poor quality.

Music

The score for this film is pretty decent. It is very familiar to the first film, so I do not really have any issue with it. It keeps the wild, adventure-like theme to it.

Reception at Release

The film came out at May 2oth, 2003, and it was only released because it was a scrapped TV show. I ma sure many did not even know enough about the first film for this film to even have much of a reception.

Reception Today

Its reception today is that it is a terrible pilot for a TV show, and a waste of a direct-to-dvd sequel. Otherwise, no oen remembers or cares for it.

Final Score

Story: 3.5/10

Characters: 4.5/10

Animation 5.5/10

Music: 6/10

19.5/40 = 49%

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13 thoughts on “DisneyToons review: Atlantis: Milo`s Return

  1. Huh, I thought you would’ve disliked this more than the first one. As for me, I thought “Eh, it’s fine.” Not good, not bad. Just fine.

    I agree that this could have been an interesting TV show, but with the failure of the movie, it’s not hard to see why they gave it the axe. What could have been….

    I look forward to your Lion King 1 1/2 review. I thought the movie is pretty decent myself, but more on that next time.

    1. I thought I would hate the film more myself, but it is too hard to grt riled up over these movies anymore. You can tell that at this point, DisneyToons did not even care.

  2. The Lion King 1 1/2!?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOO-I’ve never seen it, so I can’t comment. Same applies for this “movie,” which, as far as I know, is just a dropped pilot for a TV series.

  3. The Atlantis movies were some of the first Disney movies I saw (I grew up during the post-Renaissance era, and I figure that’s the reason it took me so long to become a Disney fan) and I remember thinking they were alright, but they’re kind of a blur (oh how I laughed at your observation that Milo is a Gary Stu. I sort of want to rewatch the first one now to see if I can pick up on those Sue traits). I do remember liking the twist of Act II’s bad guy being a turned into a coyote ghost. Freaky.

  4. I love the original and think it is way underrated adventure from Disney but this is very forgettable sequel. You can tell it combines episodes together and lacks any of the originality and fun of original film.

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