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  • 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, Fanservice including brief nudity, 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 writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Awesome Music: The whole soundtrack, composed by Graeme Revell. 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.
  • Complete Monster: From the novelization by Steve Perry & Dal Perry:
    • Queen Susquehana is the absolute monarch of the Drej and a genocidal nightmare of an alien. Leading the Drej in genocidal campaigns against entire planets, Susquehana's ultimate goal is to spread the light of the Drej all across the galaxy and exterminate all non-Drej life throughout. Learning that the technology of the Titan still exists even after Earth's destruction, Susquehana sends waves of Drej to find and eradicate the technology whilst destroying all those who seek it, eventually making it a point to spitefully obliterate every surviving human colony herself and drive out all those remaining into the deep edge of space to perish. Susquehana also slaughters several of her own kind, some of them upstart assassins—but others killed purely due to Susquehana's own paranoid fits. An Absolute Xenophobe obsessed with establishing her cruel legacy among her species and sinking to depths unreached even by the previous Queens of the Drej, Susquehana perfectly embodies the reasons why the Drej are feared and reviled by every denizen of the galaxy.
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    • Preed, a slimy Akrennian barely tolerated even by the others onboard the Valkyrie, makes a name for himself as a backstabbing snake as his true colors unfold throughout the novel. Contacted by Susquehana with the promise of a monetary reward for finding the Titan, Preed and his compatriot Joseph Korso betray the other members of the Valkyrie to the Drej. Preed quickly establishes himself as the viler of the two between him and Korso, nearly shooting his way through an entire crowd of innocent colonists to get to Cale and Akima and displaying open, sadistic relish at the prospect of doing so. Once at the Titan itself, Preed turns his gun against Korso and reveals his intention to simply murder all of his former allies and sell out the Titan to the Drej, dooming any chance humanity has to repopulate—and then kicking back and watching as the Drej massacre everything in their path, comfortable with the death of almost all sapient life in the galaxy so long as he gets to stay alive.
  • 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 Dark Horse: Gune, despite being a sidekick level side character is more popular than both the main heroes and the villains. This is for all of the reasons mentioned at Crazy Awesome and because he is the only really Bluthy character in the whole show.
  • 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.)
  • Genius Bonus: Korso telling Cale to exhale when they're exposed to the vacuum of space. Most people now know that humans don't just explode in that environment; far fewer are aware that, if there's air in your lungs, the loss of external pressure in space would cause it to expand and rupture the lungs from the inside.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A Space Opera co-written by Joss Whedon which got screwed over by Fox? Where else have we 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 communicator wristwatch that turns out to actually be a bomb which nearly kills Gune. It's ultimately satisfying to see the treacherous creep get his in the end.
  • 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 nameless guard who averts The Guards Must Be Crazy in an awesome fashion. It helps that his dialogue was written by Joss Whedon.
  • Shocking Swerve: Korso's betrayal. Several critics noted it comes out of nowhere midway through the film with seemingly no purpose than to have a more human antagonist than the Drej and contradicts much of his behavior beforehand.
  • 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.
    • The film's frame rate stutters in video-game fashion whenever its 2D characters are put into motion in three-dimensional enviroments.
  • 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).
  • Vindicated by History: Even Don Bluth warmed up to it after his initial chagrin.
  • 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.
    • Said scene where New Earth is formed? That was animated by a certain Blue Sky Studios, who would later go on to create Ice Age after Fox Animation Studios was shut down.
    • The Ice Rings of Tigrin sequence; no less than Roger Ebert called it one of the most virtuoso sequences of animation he'd ever seen.
  • Woobie Species: Humans could be seen as this, as Earth was destroyed by the Drej, making humans galactic drifters.


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