Fox Animation Studios debuted with Titan AE, a mix of traditional artistry and computer graphics, and failed miserably. The movie failed to hit it right with audiences, and I can only wonder why (note sarcasm). The movie is a cartoon, which immediately is supposed to appeal to the younger audience, but its content and storyline are that of a PG-13 sci-fi action film.
Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, Janeane Garofalo, and Nathan Lane provide the voices for the characters, and really, they don't do much for the movie. The reason I say this is not because of their "acting skills," but primarily because the script is so basic that at times it is hard to take the movie really seriously.
The biggest problems I had with the film were a few small reality flaws that could have easily been covered up if done right. In one scene two of the main characters hold their breath as they move from their damaged cockpit to another ship. As soon as their skin touched the vacuum of space, they would die. Sure, this is a minor thing, but it is a noticeable one.
Okay, so the script isn't very good. Does it matter? Not if the action is done right. And the action is done right. Titan AE is exciting and visually stimulating, if not just a bunch of eye candy. The graphics start out as not that good, but as the movie goes on, the graphics continue to get better. By the time it reaches the climax, the graphics are just incredible. Titan AE moves as fast as the Star Wars scene where Luke is flying across the surface of the Death Star, and that's a compliment.
Also, the aliens are incredibly cool. They are made of blue energy and are quite original. It's really a shame that the idea was wasted on a cartoon when this movie could have been made into a live-action flick and actually had a chance of being seen. That's what I was thinking through most of the movie: Why is this a cartoon? It should be real actors.
And the movie shouldn't be a cartoon. It's too adult to be a cartoon. It's made for teenagers but the cartoon aspect immediately drives it core audience away. Titan AE is pretty violent and sometimes a little bloody, and there even is some nudity. Let's not mention the sappy romantic scenes between the two main characters.
There are some flaws but overall Titan AE is an enjoyable and exciting film. Sci-fi fans should check it out.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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