Titan A.E.

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Titan A.E.
Titan AE One Sheet.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
Produced by Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
David Kirschner
Screenplay by Ben Edlund
John August
Joss Whedon
Story by Hans Bauer
Randall McCormick
Starring Matt Damon
Bill Pullman
John Leguizamo
Nathan Lane
Janeane Garofalo
Drew Barrymore
Music by Graeme Revell
Edited by Bob Bender
Paul Martin Smith
Fiona Trayler
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 16, 2000 (2000-06-16) (U.S.)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75–$90 million
Box office $36.8 million

Titan A.E. is a 2000 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The title refers to the spacecraft central to the plot, with A.E. meaning "After Earth". The film stars the voices of Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, and Drew Barrymore. The film's animation technique combines traditional hand-drawn animation and extensive use of computer generated imagery. Its working title was Planet Ice.

Plot[edit]

In 3028 A.D., humanity has mastered deep space travel and interacted with several alien species. A human invention called "Project Titan" alarms the Drej, a pure energy-based alien species who attack Earth after breaching the Global Defense System. As the Drej start to attack Earth, Professor Sam Tucker, the lead researcher for "Project Titan", sends his son Cale on one of the evacuation ships with his alien friend Tek while Tucker and other members of his team fly the Titan spacecraft into hyperspace. When the Drej mothership destroys the Earth with an energy beam, the surviving humans become nomads, generally ridiculed by other alien species.

Fifteen years later, Cale is working in a salvage yard in an asteroid belt at Tau 14. He is tracked down by Joseph Korso, captain of the spaceship Valkyrie. Korso reveals that Professor Tucker encoded a map to the Titan in Cale's ring. Tek tells Cale that humanity depends on finding the Titan. When the Drej attack the salvage yard, Cale is forced to escape aboard the Valkyrie with Korso and his crew: Akima, a human female pilot; and Preed, Gune, and Stith, aliens of various species.

On the planet Sesharrim, the bat-like Gaoul interpret the map and discover the Titan is hidden in the Andali Nebula. Drej fighters arrive and capture Cale and Akima. The Drej eventually discard Akima and extract the Titan's map from Cale. Korso's crew rescues Akima while Cale eventually escapes in a Drej ship and rejoins the group. Cale's map has changed and now shows the Titan's final location.

While resupplying at a human space station called New Bangkok, Cale and Akima discover that Korso and Preed are planning to betray the Titan to the Drej. Cale and Akima manage to escape the Valkyrie but are then stranded on New Bangkok when Korso and the rest of the crew set off for the Titan. With the help of New Bangkok's colonists, Cale and Akima salvage a small spaceship named Phoenix and race to find the Titan before Korso.

Cale and Akima navigate through the massive ice field in the Andali Nebula and dock with the Titan before the Valkyrie arrives. They discover DNA samples of Earth animals and a pre-recorded holographic message left by Cale's father. Professor Tucker explains that the Titan was designed to create an Earth-like planet, however its power cells lack the energy necessary for the process. The message is interrupted by the arrival of Korso and Preed. Preed attempts to double-cross Korso but Korso kills him. Moments later, the Drej attack the Titan. While the remaining crew of the Valkyrie distracts them, Cale modifies the Titan to absorb the Drej mothership's energy beam. A repentant Korso sacrifices his life to help Cale with the repairs. The re-energized Titan vaporizes the Drej mothership and molds the asteroid belt into a new habitable planet.

While on "New Earth", Cale and Akima witness the planet in action. Stith and Gune leave on the Valkyrie as human colony ships approach the planet to start life anew.

Cast[edit]

  • Matt Damon as Cale Tucker, a male yard-salvager who carries the map to Titan in his ring.
  • Drew Barrymore as Akima Kunimoto, the pilot of the Valkyrie and Cale's love interest.
  • Bill Pullman as Captain Joseph Korso, the captain of the Valkyrie and old colleague of Sam Tucker.
  • John Leguizamo as Gune, an amphibian-like Grepoan and Korso's chief scientist.
  • Nathan Lane as Preed, a fruit bat-like Akrennian and Korso's first mate.
  • Janeane Garofalo as Stith, a kangaroo-like Mantrin and the Valkyrie's munitions officer.
  • Ron Perlman as Professor Sam Tucker, Cale's father and a researcher who helped to develop Project Titan.
  • Tone Loc as Tek, Sam Tucker's alien friend who raises Cale while Sam is away. At some point during the fifteen years between the destruction of Earth and the events of the movie, he has become blind. Following the Drej's attack on Tau 14, Tek gives Cale to Korso to look over.
  • Jim Breuer as the Cook, an anthropomorphic cockroach at Tau 14 who disdains Cale and is killed during the Drej's attack.
  • Christopher Scarabosio as the Drej Queen, the ruler of the Drej, who fear the potential of the human species and plan to destroy them.
  • Jim Cummings as Chowquin, Cale's overseer at Tau 14's salvage yard.
  • Charles Rocket as Firrikash, an alien salvage yard worker at Tau 14 who bullies Cale.
    • Charles Rocket also voices a Slave Trader Guard, an alien who surprises Preed with his unexpected intelligence.
  • Ken Hudson Campbell as Po, an alien salvage yard worker at Tau 14 who bullies Cale.

Digital screening[edit]

Titan A.E. became the first major motion picture screened in end-to-end digital cinema. On June 6, 2000, ten days before the movie was released, at the SuperComm 2000 trade show, the movie was projected simultaneously at the trade show in Atlanta, Georgia as well as a screen in Los Angeles, California. It was sent to both screens from the 20th Century Fox production facilities in Los Angeles via a VPN.[1]

Reception[edit]

Titan A.E.received a mixed response. Though it received an Annie Award nomination for Best Animated Feature (which it lost to Toy Story 2),[2] the film was a box office bomb. After the film's failure, Fox Animation Studios was shut down.

The film opened at #5, with only $9,376,845 for an average of only $3,429 from 2,734 theaters.[3] The film then lost 60% of its audience in its second weekend, dropping to #8, with a gross of just $3,735,300 for an average of $1,346 from 2,775 theaters.[4] The film ended up grossing a mere $36,754,634 worldwide ($22,753,426 in the United States and Canada, and $14,001,208 in international markets).[3] The film's budget is estimated at between $75 million[3] and $90 million.[5] According to Chris Meledandri, the supervisor of the film, Titan A.E. lost $100 million for 20th Century Fox.[6]

Film critic Roger Ebert enjoyed it, giving it 3.5/4 stars for its "rousing story", "largeness of spirit", and "lush galactic visuals [which] are beautiful in the same way photos by the Hubble Space Telescope are beautiful". He cited the Ice Rings sequence as "a perfect examine [sic] of what animation can do and live action cannot".[7]

Titan A.E. was nominated for Best Science Fiction Film at 27th Saturn Awards,[8] but lost to X-Men, another film from 20th Century Fox.

Prequel novels[edit]

To tie in with the film, a series of prequel novels was released, as well as a comic book mini-series.

  • Cale's Story - The adventures of Cale, ending with the beginning of the film. The book chronicles Cale growing up on Vusstra (Tek's home planet) for ten years and having to move to a different place every time the Drej attack. It also reveals how Cale became resentful of his father's disappearance and how he came to despise "drifter colonies".
  • Akima's Story - The adventures of Akima, ending with the beginning of the film. The book chronicles Akima's life aboard drifter colonies, and reveals whence Akima learned her karate skills, her friendship with Stith, and her reason to find the Titan.
  • Sam's Story - A Dark Horse Comics prequel comic telling the story of Sam Tucker and his crew, and their quest to hide the Titan.

Home media release[edit]

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment - R1 (America) - DVD[9]

  • Picture format: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic) [NTSC]
  • Soundtrack(s): English (DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 / 2.0 Surround) French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish
  • Extras:
  • Audio Commentary with Director-Producers Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
  • The Quest for Titan (Fox TV special)
  • 2 Deleted Scenes
  • 2 Extended / Alternate scenes
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers
  • 2 TV Spots
  • Gallery of Production Artwork
  • Over My Head (Music Video) by Lit
  • THX Optimizer
  • DVD-ROM: Including weblinks and game link
  • Case type: Keep Case
  • Notes: THX Certified

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack album was issued by Capitol Records.

  1. "Over My Head" — Lit
  2. "The End is Over" — Powerman 5000
  3. "Cosmic Castaway" — Electrasy
  4. "Everything Under the Stars" — Fun Lovin' Criminals
  5. "It's My Turn to Fly" — The Urge
  6. "Like Lovers (Holding On)" — Texas
  7. "Not Quite Paradise" — Bliss 66
  8. "Everybody's Going to the Moon" — Jamiroquai
  9. "Karma Slave" — Splashdown
  10. "Renegade Survivor" — The Wailing Souls
  11. "Down to Earth" — Luscious Jackson

Score[edit]

The movie's underscore was composed by Graeme Revell. In 2014 La-La Land Records released a limited edition score album of 1500 copies, containing most of what he wrote.

  1. Prologue/Drej Attack - 6:33
  2. Wow - 0:44
  3. You’ve Been a Little Uppity - 0:52
  4. The Human Race Still Matters - 0:41
  5. We’ve Got Company - 0:37
  6. The Ring Is the Key - 0:56
  7. Start Running, Keep Running - 2:48
  8. Exhale - 0:54
  9. Do You Know What This Means? - 0:27
  10. Fight the Good Fight Precious - 3:12
  11. I See Your Father - 1:21
  12. The Broken Moon - 3:09
  13. The Guaol - 0:40
  14. The Dreaded Drej - 2:55
  15. Hydrogen Forest Chase - 2:31
  16. Earth Is Never Lost/Mother Drej - 3:56
  17. Stith Kicks Butt/Captive/What Kept You? - 3:41
  18. The Map Evolves - 1:01
  19. I Miss Him/Nightmare of the Drej - 1:08
  20. Korsos Double Cross/You Got a Problem With That? - 2:46
  21. Recovery - 2:47
  22. Launch/Hall of Mirrors - 2:55
  23. Don’t Lose ‘Em - 3:47
  24. I Remember - 1:10
  25. Mistrust - 1:21
  26. Its Up to You - 1:21
  27. Face It Cale, You’ve Lost - 1:04
  28. Sleep Tight, Little Friend - 2:33
  29. Power Struggle - 6:39
  30. Creation/Bob - 3:58
  31. Bonus Track: Creation (orchestra only) - 2:09
  32. Bonus Track: Prologue (with alternate opening) - 6:19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qwest.com" (PDF). Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "28th Annual Annie". Annie Awards. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Titan A.E.". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Titan A.E. - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ W. Welkos, Robert (June 12, 2000). "Animated Clash of the 'Titan'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Palmeri, Christopher (September 19, 2013). "Despicable Me 2 Producer Knows How to Win the Box Office". Bloomberg. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Roger Ebert (19 June 2000). "Titan A.E.". suntimes.com. 
  8. ^ "X-Men Leads Sci-fi Awards Pack". ABC News. April 4, 2001. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dvdcompare.net". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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