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Forgotten Cinema: Titan A.E.

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Titan A.E. - Forgotten Cinema Podcast

All good things must come to an end, and like the changing of the seasons, so must go our Forgotten Summer season. But first, Mike Field and Mike Butler are blasting off into space, watching Earth blow up, and avoiding weird electric aliens as they search for the only ship that can save mankind in Don Bluth's 2000 animated adventure film Titan AE, Starring the voice talent of Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, and Janeane Garofalo (in her 4th FC film).

The Mikes discuss how this film was marketed as a new paradigm shift in blockbuster films; not just for kids, not just for adults. A big budget action adventure for the whole family using the latest and greatest in animation. Unfortunately the film was riddled with behind the scenes woes; from the firing of its original director to the rushing of its new directors, including legendary animation director Don Bluth. Titan A.E. is a film filled with potential that is buried by plot holes, bad dialogue, questionable character choices and a strange mix of animation styles (partly to do with different animation studios used to rush production).

As Mike Field brings up in this episode, if a movie deserved a reboot to redo the mistakes made on a previously flawed film that brimmed with potential...this is it. A diamond in the rough, filled with promised and marred by issues.

So pack up your beach toys, put that cover on your pool, notice the pumpkin-spiced everything ads to the left and right of you, and settle down for the final episode of Forgotten Summer!


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