Awesome: Atlantis: The Lost Empire

First Movie

  • The ascension of Kida in the Crystal Chamber is probably the most memorable part of the movie, and generally the reason it's still recommended today. Any part with Kida as the Crystal is extremely impressive in animation, music, and mood.
  • The entire opening, although watching Kida be forcibly separated from her mother due to the Heart may also count as a Tear Jerker.
  • The submarine launch sequence. Particularly the sweeping CGI crane shot and the accompanying fanfare.
  • The Leviathan attack scene is terrifyingly awesome. A Magi Tech monster big enough to be measured in miles, a desperate battle for survival with torpedo-toting subpods and turrets, and finally a hair-raising, skin-of-the-teeth escape through a twisting underwater chasm.
    • Rourke's laconic reaction to Leviathan.
      Rourke: Tell Cookie to melt the butter and bring out the bibs, I want this lobster served up on a silver platter!
  • "Nothing. Personal."
  • Forming a fully functional language for this one movie is a pretty impressive feat. They hired a linguist (the one who created Klingon, no less) specifically for this purpose.
  • The Crystal Chamber Scene for the gorgeous animation.
  • Milo showing backbone in the face of Rourke's demands sets him apart from the usual Hollywood Nerd:
    Milo: (Off the crystal's description on the inscriptions) ...[The Atlanteans] are part of it; it's a part of them. I'm doing the best I can, here.
    Rourke: (Unimpressed) Well, do better.
    Milo: (Getting sharp) Okay, tell you what. You translate, and I'll wave the gun around!
  • Kida briefly fighting Rourke's men before getting overwhelmed. Even when she's apprehended, she doesn't accept defeat, she stares at her captors defiantly. Compare her Death Glare with that of Tarzan.
  • Heck, everything that Milo does during the climax.
  • Riding an ancient flying machine into battle against Rourke's more ruthless crew to save the crystal-infused Kiva, driving said flying machine into the escaping balloon when all other attempts to stop it fail, and refusing to back down against Rourke himself despite being woefully outmatched. Bonus points for using his wits (and a crystal-charged shard of glass) to ultimately beat his stronger opponent!
  • The Guardians of Atlantis being activated and shielding the city once more, this time from the exploding volcano.
  • It's mentioned in the DVD commentary that after test screenings, the filmmakers asked kids what the scariest scene in the movie was. The answers were invariably either the climactic battle or the Leviathan. Kids were also asked what their favorite scene in the movie was... and the answers were invariably either the climactic battle or the Leviathan.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack is by James Newton Howard. A special mention must go to "The Crystal Chamber".

Sequel

  • Carnaby's demise at the mercy of the Dust Coyotes
    Carnaby: Uh, what is this?
    Milo: (angrily) Retribution.
  • Kida riding the tentacles of the Kraken to rescue Audrey.
  • Mole saving Audrey from falling by using his Tunnel King abilities to get to her. "You cannot live without me!" Audrey gives a huge smile for it.
  • After getting the Spear of Destiny, Kida takes out the two giants-by dropping Hellstrom's floating castle on top of them!
  • In the last scene, Queen Kida raising Atlantis to the surface and Whitmore's voiceover assuring that things were much better for it. Also a Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming.