YMMV / Titan A.E.

  • Animation Age Ghetto: A major contributor to the commercial failure of the movie. Some of the commercials try to avoid showing any traditional animation at all.
    • They themselves were seemingly unsure of who their target age group was. They have cutesy cartoony characters like Gune that are clearly aimed for kids, but they also have visible bloodshed and rather graphic onscreen deaths.
    • This is arguably what happens when you get the director of The Land Before Time and Anastasia to direct a script by the the writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Awesome Music: The whole soundtrack. Even kind of counts in the ice field scene (where there is no music at all), as the absence of music makes the scene far more tense and effective than anything that could have been put in.
  • Crazy Awesome: Gune is undeniably loopy, but that apparently helps him a lot in his scientist/navigator duties.
    Cale: I'll tell you a secret: This guy's nuts!
    Korso: And I'll tell you another: He's never wrong.
  • Creepy Awesome: Preed. He definitely qualifies as 'creepy,' but factor in his one-liners and eventual Magnificent Bastard tendencies, this is what you get.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gune, for all the reasons mentioned above, and because he is the only really Bluthy character in the whole show. Stith is a fan favorite, and oddly, Korso and Preed have gained a following, sometimes bordering on the Leather Pants.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Many people who watch the movie, nevermind if they enjoyed it or not, seem to ship Korso and Preed together. For others it becomes Squick because of Preed's appearance as an alien. (The characters' actions towards each other at the end of the film may make you wonder how the pairing caught on in the first place.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A Space Opera co-written by Joss Whedon which got screwed over by Fox? Where else have I heard that?
  • Ho Yay: Some scenes between Cale and Korso have this vibe.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Preed graduates from Plucky Comic Relief to all-out evil when he shoots Akima through the shoulder as she and Cale are fleeing the ship. As if that wasn't enough, he leaves Stith and Gune with an explosive communicator which nearly kills Gune. It's ultimately satisfying to see the treacherous creep get his in the end.
  • Narm Charm: It's definitely a product of its time, which can make the experience very groan-worthy for some people, and yet for others, its datedness happens to be one of the reasons it's so enjoyable.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Earth getting blown up. The fact that it was in the trailers meant that even kids who didn't see the movie likely saw that scene.
    • Just imagine it: You're put on a space ship and as you're flying away from Earth, you see it begin to spin out of control and then, BOOM, it's gone. Hot damn.
    • The Drej themselves are pretty scary, not helped by the fact that their mothership resembles a stylized skull.
  • Obvious Judas: Let's be real here, it was not surprising at all to find out that Preed was a traitor.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The guard. It helps that his dialogue was written by Joss Whedon.
  • Shocking Swerve: Korso's betrayal.
  • Special Effects Failure: Producer/Director Gary Goldman and Don Bluth openly complain about the time-and-budget crunch imposed by Fox at points in the DVD commentary, most notably involving a CG cliff shown near the end of the film that was done in literally the last two weeks of production.
  • Uncertain Audience: One of the main reasons people didn't see the film was because the film itself wasn't sure who the target demo was—kids, teens or adults. Even the VHS reflected this uncertainty—on it you had a trailer for the first X-Men movie, followed by a promo for Digimon (remember, Fox Kids was still around at this point).
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In addition to the still-primitive CGI, the soundtrack is almost nothing but Turn of the Millennium–era rock music.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Sure there is plenty of Conspicuous CG. But there's no denying the overflow of pure epic that is the Titan destroying the Drej and forming a new planet. Or the destruction of Earth in the beginning.
  • Woobie Species: Humans could be seen as this, as Earth was destroyed by the Drej, making humans galactic drifters.