Main cast: Matt Damon (Cale Tucker), Drew Barrymore (Akima), Bill Pullman (Joseph Korso), John Leguizamo (Gune), Nathan Lane (Preed), Janeane Garofalo (Stith), and Ron Perlman (Professor Sam Tucker)
Directors: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
Oh wow, Titan A.E. boasts some of the most spectacular background graphics I’ve ever seen. I am still in awe over the Ice Planet, or the death-defying chase through a fiery planet full of explosive helium sacs. And then there’s the energy spirits soaring in the andromeda of colors…
Okay, Titan A.E. is actually a standard tale of a young nobody who finally rises up the food chain, defeats the bad guys, and gets the girl. But it’s a very enjoyable story. It’s about Cale whose DNA holds the secret to location of his father’s idea of a Noah’s Ark, Titan. Earth has been destroyed by those energy aliens Drej (how dare they!), and now humans are dispersed all over the galaxy as scavengers.
Cale is reluctant, but beautiful anime-inspired tough gal Akima soon makes him see the errors of his ways. With Korso who has worked with Cale’s late father and some alien creatures, they seek out Titan with the Drejs close on their spacecraft tail.
I adore this movie, and it is interesting how this movie doesn’t hesitate to drop sexual innuendos. Akima and Cale spark, of course, but there’s this interesting homoerotc banter between Cale and Korso too that makes me wonder. Hmm. Then there’s Gune, an adorable drooling mad scientist alien who could put that irritating Jar Jar Binks into retirement.
Lots of spectacular chase scenes and hey, Akima kicks ass too! These make Titan A.E. so fun that I can overlook the awkward 2D characters (the animation makes them look as if they are permanently wincing). This movie is indeed a fun, beautiful (very beautiful) adventure.