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Titan A.E. (2000)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 48

Great visuals, but the story feels like a cut-and-paste job of other sci-fi movies.

54

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 13

Great visuals, but the story feels like a cut-and-paste job of other sci-fi movies.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 68,768

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Titan A.E. combines cel and CG imagery in this science fiction saga. In 3028, after the Earth is destroyed by an invading alien race, a tiny number of surviving humans roam the universe in ragtag spaceships, trying to find each other and maintain some sense of community. Shortly before the final destruction of the planet, Cale (voice of Matt Damon) was given a map that would guide him to a space station called Titan, secretly constructed as a last hope in the event of alien Armageddon. Cale sets

Mar 6, 2001

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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (48) | DVD (30)

A technological marvel.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Likely to be more tiny than titanic.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Here's the animated space adventure I've been hoping for.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A space shot worth taking.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Features classic cartoon storytelling and an all-star cast.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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It's too great of a fluid, exciting animation epic to be forgotten or lambasted.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A so-so animated feature aimed at an older crowd.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

In featuring likable and intelligent characters as well as some interesting plot turns, the script more than adequately does its job as a support beam for the visuals.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

... flat characters, flat animation, a bland rock soundtrack ... Titan A.E. might as well be Titanic A.E. (as in, the ship that sunk, not the movie that scored.)

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Comments (2)
Looking Closer

Animated space opera shoots for the stars, but runs out of gas.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

La cinta es demasiado simple y poco creíble para los adolescentes y adultos y muy pesada para los niños.

June 3, 2002
Cinenganos

Little substance beyond one or two nifty visual sequences.

February 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

It's hard to hate a movie that features Janeane Garafalo as a psychotic space kangaroo.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

The age-old plot of good versus evil is so standard that only the best films can warp and bend the idea into a fascinating story.

September 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Lifts its story from every successful science-fiction film that I've ever seen in my life.

January 1, 2000
Planet Sick-Boy

A pint-size effort.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Daily News

The result sets itself adrift.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

An ill-conceived and overambitious animation blowout.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Doesn't even exhibit the visual verve evident in the Star Wars.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Such dreck!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Nice scenery; miserable storytelling.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

Almost every plot point is treated with such grim portentousness that any and all vitality is sucked right out of the production.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Titan A.E.

Seeing Titan A.E. now for the first time nearly 14 years after it was first release I can see how it has aged. Quite well surprisingly. It's mix of old school animation and 3D effects should have dated this cartoon long before now but it hasn't, in its unique little way. It shouldn't really work but somehow it does, probably down to the content, which isn't perfect but doesn't suffer from being too polished. After all Star Wars is loved not necessarily because of its perfections, but because of its imperfections.
October 28, 2013
SirPant

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Mixing classic and computer generated animation this is actually a milestone of cartoon Sci-Fi movies that still looks pretty great years later. Add a great soundtrack and an engaging plot and this is a fun ride for kids of all ages. Especially the imagination that went into the creation of the alien worlds is magnificent and in its best moments even channels Star Wars.
September 20, 2013
ironclad1609

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Prepare for life after Earth.

Good animated movie! The animation by far is a turning point in the world of animated features. From the start, you can tell the animation is exceptional. Extra time was taken to make the characters lifelike, as well as the environments they are in, the coordinating of colors, and even the shadows from a tree on the character's faces. It's unbelievable. And the 2D animation mixes so well with the 3D animation, it just adds to the thrill of the movie. The scenes in the movie are exceptional, from the ice rings scene with the reflections to the wake angels scene in space. Go watch this movie. You will not be disappointed.

In the year 3028 A.D., Earth is being attacked by the Drej, which are aliens made of pure energy! The Drej mother-ship destroys Earth with an energy beam just as hundreds of space vehicles manage to escape with the last of mankind aboard! One of the escapees is Sam's young son Cale, who carries with him a ring given to him by his father. Fifteen years later, Cale works on a salvage station, eking out a rough life and hating his father for having disappeared aboard the Titan so long ago. Without a home planet, surviving humans have been reduced to outer space drifters and are constantly bullied and looked down on by other space-faring races. A human captain named Joseph Korso and his pilot Akima seek out Cale and explain that he must help them find the Titan which contains a mechanism that will create a new Earth and therefore unite all of humanity. Meanwhile, the Drej wants to find the Titan so that they can destroy it. With Korso's help, Cale discovers that the ring his father gave to him contains a genetically encoded map to the Titan, and thus begins his race across the universe with Korso and his ship and crew, including Preed, a wisecracking rat-like humanoid, Gune, an eccentric, green-skinned scientist, and Stith, a tough, hard-as-nails weapons expert who resembles something of a kangaroo. Before long, Cale and Akima finds out that Korso is searching for the Titan in order to hand it over to the Drej.
June 3, 2012
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

It's exciting to see Bluth/Goldman tackle an animated Scifi feature. Known for their tendency to break the child-like constraints of their Disney competition and deliver sophistication above the average "cartoon" movie, this was something to look forward to.

And It doesn't disappoint. It's beyond me why critics are so hard on Titan AE. The movie plays on many SciFi themes/templates from existing material, but there's enough original concepts in the designs and ideas to make it more than a mere derivative. It's a perfect entry into the Scifi genre for newcomers and a respectable ride for veterans.

It never actually falls short of anything except for the 90's rock mashed into a few scenes that probably would have benefit more from a traditional approach. (but hey, I'm no music critic!) That and maybe because the technology was new at the time but the 3D work never really meshes that well with the 2D on several occasions.

For the record, Stith is awesome and Gune is deliciously quirky. Intelligent Guard? The best.
May 30, 2011
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

    1. Preed: An intelligent guard. I didn't see that one coming.
    – Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
    1. Cale: Drej? What do they want?
    2. Korso: They want YOU, kid. Same way I want you, only dead.
    3. Cale: [Scoffs] How do you know they want me dead?
    4. Cale: [After being shot at by the Drej kill team] Well, I'm convinced.
    – Submitted by Anders C (2 years ago)
    1. Tek: It's time, Cale. It's time to stop running.
    2. Korso: [Sees Drej kill team at the door] Well, actually, I think it's time to start.
    – Submitted by Anders C (2 years ago)
    1. Akima: Well this is great, travel halfway across the galaxy, nearly getting our butt shot off by the Drej, just so we can save the window washer.
    2. Cale: Hey! For your information I happen to be humanity's last great hope.
    3. Preed: I weep for the species.
    – Submitted by Kris R (2 years ago)
    1. Preed: [after Stith knocks out the guard outside Akima's cell] An intelligent guard... didn't see that one coming.
    – Submitted by Kris R (2 years ago)
    1. Korso: Don't know if you've taken a good look around, but there aren't many of us left. At the rate we're going, they'll be reading about us in textbooks and displaying our bones in alien museums.
    2. Cale: Yeah, well, having your planet blown up can have that effect on a species.
    – Submitted by Kris R (2 years ago)
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