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Trivia: Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Creator Killer: The film's failure at the box office stalled the careers of directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, who have since gone on to work on Dreamworks animated shorts.
  • Dedication: The movie is dedicated to Jim Varney who died from lung cancer partway through production.
  • Executive Meddling: The film was originally intended to be a creature feature adventure film. Then the Disney execs decided that they needed to get to Atlantis quicker, and so much potential was wasted. Kida was also downgraded into a Faux Action Girl due to this.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • The Other Darrin: Cookie's lines in the goodbye scene are the only Cookie dialogue delivered by Steve Barr instead of Jim Varney.
  • Playing Against Type: James Garner playing a mercenary villain. Also one of the few times Cree Summer has not been a Sassy Black Woman.
  • Refitted For Sequel: The lava whales from Milo's Return.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A crossover with Gargoyles was planned, but never made. Disney had been planning to make a series out of the movie, but turned it into a direct-to-video when it underperformed at the box office. This is also true with the future of this film's merchandise: To date, the only characters from the film that still appear in the merchandise are for some reason, Rourke and Helga.
      • The submarine ride at Disneyland was originally going to be based off this film, but the film's failure resulted in that ride being based off Finding Nemo instead. However, there is a restaurant at Castaway Cay called Cookie's BBQ, and part of Port Discovery's background music at Tokyo Disney Sea is taken from this movie.
    • Jim Hill has an article that goes on in length about things that were cut from the movie, which includes deleted scenes of the Squid Bats and Lava Whales. There was also a plan, very early in production, for a magician character, Zoltan the Magnificent.
    • A behind-the-scenes footage found on the DVD release and one of the tie-in games shows the original intro was of a group of vikings searching for Atlantis only to be attacked by a sea monster while engulfed in a storm, fully animated, voiced and with sound effects. While mystifying, the executives felt no connection nor desire to learn more about the city or its inhabitants so the intro was done over.
  • Shout-Out: Compare Milo Thatch to Daniel Jackson, of Stargate Verse. Also, the symbols for Atlantis from the movie, and the Gateverse.
    • There are MANY more similarites.
    • Both are glass wearing brown haired young archeologist who believe there was advanced technology in the ancient past.
    • Both are ridiculed and kicked out.
    • Both are recruited by a mysterious old man/woman
    • Both are asked to advise on a mysterious and possibly dangerous expedition.
    • Both fall for and get the "princess".
    • Both help the local people re-learn their language.
    • Both are led by a rough Badass Colonel.
    • Both end up Going Native and are "presumed dead" by the end of the movie.
    • In a broader sense, the Atlanteans have blue eyes, pale hair, and dark skin, just like Atlantean Thoth-Amon in Conan the Barbarian.

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