Titan A.E.

Movie review by
Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
A so-so animated feature aimed at an older crowd.
  • PG
  • 2001
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lots of fantasy violence. The earth is destroyed by an alien race. Some characters die on screen. There are fist fights, laser gun battles, and many scenes of spaceship combat. Five-year-old Cale is traumatically separated from his father.


The hero and heroine each appear in scenes of discreet nudity.


Brief profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know there's lots of fantasy violence in this movie. The earth is destroyed by an alien race. Some characters die on screen. There are fistfights, laser gun battles, and numerous scenes of spaceship combat. The heroes are constantly in danger, and a scene in which Cale and Akima are brought aboard an enemy Drej spaceship portrays an unnerving and hostile alien environment. Five-year-old Cale is traumatically separated from his father in a scene that could disturb sensitive youngsters. The weird-looking Drej themselves may frighten very young viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKrys77 January 6, 2019

Action packed film..similar to starwars and action planet..

I loved this movie as a kid..aside from a butt shown maybe once or twice..i loved it..The music is awesome..The Aliens that kidnap cale and Akina can maybe be t... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. July 12, 2020

Good movie but not for small children

It’s a good movie but it has violence, death, and scary images. The alien monsters destroy and kill by touching in the same disturbing way as the Final Fastasy:... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKingRobert December 25, 2017


When the characters speak their mouths are off.
Teen, 13 years old Written bydashep23 May 17, 2017

Titan A.E good for 10 and up

I have watched this many times and their is fighting sences with gore. Aliens may be creepy to some young vewiers.

What's the story?

TITAN A.E. is set in the 31st century, when alien invaders have turned the Earth to charcoal and humanity is in danger of being wiped out altogether. Cast out into the universe, survivor Cale (voiced by Matt Damon) is in possession of a map to Titan, a space station created to house displaced Earthlings. Cale, his friend Korso (Bill Pullman), and pretty pilot Akima (Drew Barrymore) set out to find the Ice Planet, where the Titan is located.

Is it any good?

This animated feature is aimed at an older crowd, a fact made clear by its PG rating and less-than-sunny premise. Refreshingly, the filmmakers--notably legendary director Don Bluth --have gone out of their way to ensure that the movie is not a Disney clone. The story jettisons fairy tale magic and Broadway-style songs for elaborate high-tech imagery, fast-paced action, and a loud rock music soundtrack. On a strictly visual level, it's is a smashing success, with imaginative futuristic environments and spacecraft created with state-of-the-art computer animation.

On the down side, we never connect with the characters in an emotional way that would take the movie to the next level. Cale's transition from uncaring cynic to committed hero is predictable, and his romance with the space pilot Akima is perfunctory at best. Science fiction fans will recognize some recycled plot ideas, and even occasional lines of dialogue lifted from previous sci-fi classics. However, as the movie's primary goal is apparently to provide its target audience with an adrenaline rush every ten minutes or so, at this, it succeeds admirably.

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  • Families can talk about the animation techniques used in this film, and how it compares to other computer-generated films.

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