Titan A.E.

A so-so animated feature aimed at an older crowd.
  • Review Date: June 30, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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 aimed is 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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 6, 2001
DVD release date:March 6, 2001
Cast:Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon
Director:Don Bluth
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:action violence, mild sensuality and brief language

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Adult Written byjace June 9, 2011
age 17+

nudity in pg movie

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written by11BK201 April 9, 2011
age 13+

A good animated sci-fi for older kids

The thing I liked about this movie growing up was that it was animated but it had great action. There are space ship battles, shootouts and fist fights. There are definitely several intense action scenes but in the end it is still PG. Some kids will love it where some more sensitive kids will be scared. The other thing besides violence is one scene where the main character is being medically examined and his towel falls off (we see his butt) and a scene where we see a female character's silhouette as she takes a shower. This was my first introduction to the world of sci-fi when I was a kid. I enjoyed the creativity of the settings, aliens and story. In the end, it's a good action movie for kids. Actually, it's good for anyone; I'm 21 and I still love it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old October 22, 2013
age 9+


Is violent but good a few scenes
What other families should know
Too much violence


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