Picks and Pans Review: Titan A.e.
If space is the final frontier, animation has now conquered it. Titan A.E., a sci-fi film from codirectors Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (Anastasia), combines traditional animation with computer-generated imagery to create one way-cool-looking cartoon. Its sleek spaceships, glittering intergalactic icebergs and creepy aliens rival anything George Lucas has put on a screen.
But looks, as any winner of a Miss Congeniality award can attest, aren't everything. Story and characters also count, and in those areas Titan A.E. (the A.E. stands for "After Earth") is little more than Flash Gordon with attitude and a rock soundtrack. Its cocky young hero (Damon), having survived Earth's destruction, must find and activate a gizmo that will recreate his native planet. You'd have to be under 13 to believe there was actually something at stake here. (PG)
Bottom Line: Looks great, but never achieves liftoff