Lego Atlantis

 
Short Lego-themed feature has some bathroom humor.
  • Review Date: December 17, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Although it's only intended to entertain, this short animated feature briefly discusses the mythology behind Atlantis.

Positive messages

Through discussion and example, this short animated feature mentions the importance of perseverance.

Positive role models

Professor Samantha Rhodes is undaunted in her search for Atlantis. She applies her knowledge and skills toward unlocking the mysteries of the lost city.

Violence & scariness

Monster-looking squids and sharks armed with tridents guard Atlantis and pursue the crew of Lego characters hoping to discover the lost city.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Some bathroom humor. A shark passes gas, and one of the Lego characters tells him, "You need to lay off the beans." In another scene, when a Lego character's scuba gear starts to take on water, he flushes the water away, and it sounds just like a toilet's flush.

Consumerism

This short animated feature follows characters created by the Lego toy company on an adventure. Lego also sells a collection of "Lego Atlantis"-theme toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lego Atlantis is a short animated feature that's also a tie-in to a line of Atlantis-themed toys manufactured by the Lego toy company. Although the story itself is entertaining and quirky, there are two instances of bathroom humor: one involving passing gas and a second involving a toilet flush sound effect. For younger children, there are some scary scenes in which monster squids and sharks look vicious while wielding tridents as they pursue the Lego heroes on their quest for Atlantis.

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What's the story?

Professor Samantha Rhoades (Rachael MacFarlane) has joined a ragtag group of treasure hunters on a salvage ship bound for what she hopes will be the lost city of Atlantis. She has brought a mysterious map with her in the hopes of uncovering its secrets, and with the help of Dr. Jeff "Fish" Fisher (Jeff Bennett) and Captain Ace Speedman (Bruce Boxleitner) finds not only the lost city but also the treasure that is hidden there. But they must do battle with groups of giant squid and sharks armed with tridents who will stop at nothing to keep them from achieving their goal.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEGO ATLANTIS is a 22-minute computer-animated feature that goes by a bit too quickly to leave much of an impression beyond a desire in your kids to buy from the line of toys from the Lego Atlantis collection.

Although there are occasional positive messages concerning perseverance, as well as some quirky moments of slapstick and some over-the-top silliness, the overall story feels rushed and over as soon as it begins. It's fun, all things considered, and somewhat informative in terms of discussing the mythology of Atlantis, but, at the end of the day, this is little more than a product tie-in.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about entertainment that's also a tie-in for toys. Why do you think the Lego toy company would like to see a short animated feature like this made?

  • How is the legend of Atlantis explained in this short animated feature, and how is it similar to and different from other versions -- in books, movies, and TV -- of the Atlantis myth?

  • Was the movie supposed to be silly or serious? How can you tell?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 15, 2010
Cast:Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Bennett, Rachael MacFarlane
Director:Mark Baldo
Studio:Cartoon Network
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures
Run time:22 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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