What parents need to know
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.
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?
LEGO ATLANTIS is a 22-minute computer-animated feature that goes by a bit too quickly to leave much of an impression. Well, except for fueling your kids' desire 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?