A movie waiting to be rediscovered
If you like sci-fi, adventure and period films, this is a great animated film to see set in the World War 1 era. Not a typical Disney movie, it's focus is on the lead's spirit of adventure and love for history and the past. It does not shield young viewers from the villains' greed, quirky passions and cynicism. There is violence but not glorified and nor bloody. The style is old cell animation fluid drawings. If your child is reading books like Eragon, Lord of the Rings,the Unwanteds, this is a movie they will enjoy.
The characters have more panache to them and references a lot to movie making of the past. The female characters are strong, the band of treasure hunters flawed but some with a change of heart in the end. There is a princess, she is smart, beautiful and saves her people in the end. But she does not sing songs nor parades in pretty gowns. The film sort of has an avatar twist to it. Some sexuality and lots of stereotypes, but if taken in context, it does work well.
The first part of the story drags a little, but once you get to Atlantis, things get really interesting. And the advanced space-age technology of the Atlantians is pretty cool.
See it first if you aren't sure. If your kids don't end up watching it, you at least treat yourself to a great Disney animation pre-digital age.