Titan A.E. – SF Debris

Aliens come and blow up the Earth, so humanity’s last best hope is a D-Bag played by Matt Damon. Which is good because D-Bag Matt Damon can always win the day!

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dhusk
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DEAR HOLLYWOOD: Titan AE is exactly the type of film that should be remade. Not a bonafide success that got it right the first time, but flawed films like this that had obvious elements of greatness in them but for whatever reason didn’t achieve them the first time around. I’ve seen Titan AE three times over the years, and mostly agree with the analysis here, though I may be a bit more charitable toward it. It was filled with a LOT fo great ideas and some very interesting scifi details. While not an all-time classic, I do think its a… Read more »
Volvagia423
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Before Guardians of the Galaxy, I might have actually agreed with that. After it? No, let’s just leave this in the past completely as a curio relic.

ManWithGoodTaste
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Hey, don’t call a way-above-average animated movie a curio relic.

ManWithGoodTaste
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I actually watched this movie on TV once. 1 to 5 minutes of it, I decided it was too spooky scary for me, and since there was no one nearby to impress with my bravery, I changed the channel. Years later, as I was becoming a massive Don Bluth fan, this was the last good(?) one from the man I haven’t watched. After seeing several reviews on YT, and hearing people saying how the movie is full of plot holes, I decided to finally watch it. Show me all of your plot holes, I am not afraid. And, surprisingly, to… Read more »
ManWithGoodTaste
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Did not mean to make this a reply, sorry.

godzillavkk
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I really enjoy this movie, and I think some things are better left untold just as some things are better left un shown. This is an example.

NovaAlexandria
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I really enjoy this movie, but won’t argue the story is a bit weak. The visuals are still breathtaking and I can’t think of too many animated films that can hold up to it. One thing that was done really well, and I had hoped you would mention it, is a little fact even I didn’t notice until a few months ago while introducing the movie to my own kids; Tek is blind. Not once is it mentioned that he is, you have to watch the clues to get it. To this day we still quote the ‘intelligent guard’ lines.… Read more »
TheSKARD1
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21:00 – If the entire ship is made of energy and touching the walls zaps him, why doesn’t touching the floor zap him?

Whether it’s a ship, or an ice chunk, or just the reflection of one doesn’t make a difference. It’s still best to avoid hitting it.

NotWellKnown
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This was one of my favorite animated sci fi movies when I was younger. Now, the story could have been a little stronger, but I can’t agree that it doesn’t do a good job with the world building. This movie doesn’t tell nearly as much as it shows, but I personally see that as one of its strengths. It doesn’t matter that we don’t know exactly why the Drej attacked, though I believe the DVD extras mentioned that they were frightened that humans found a way to harness massive amounts of energy to terraform at an unheard of scale. They… Read more »
TragicGuineaPig
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The Drej: Vorlons. Think about it.

So the ring is pretty much everything. How prrrecccioussss.

TragicGuineaPig
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Treat a laser wound by sleeping it off – why not? It works in role playing games. Sleeping restores all hit points, remember?

TragicGuineaPig
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I have to make an observation about the animation. The blending of CGI backgrounds with 2D animated characters make it look a bit disjointed to me. It felt very similar to when they use green screen to make actors look like they’re in an environment but don’t do a good job of it. The backgrounds had depth, but by comparison, the characters looked flat. As a result, it felt to me like they didn’t really belong in those backgrounds. I think if the character animation had been done in more detail, it might have worked.

ManWithGoodTaste
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Darn it, I made the wrong post.

Anyway, one more thing: if you at least remotely like the film, it will be a good idea to watch it again with commentary on. You’ll learn a LOT.

happymel
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I’ve never seen an SF Debris video but I LOVE Titan A.E. and it was actually a big part of my childhood so I had to check this video out. I probably saw it about once a month for most of my childhood. I felt so mature watching it. I don’t know how my mom heard about it but she knew that I liked Star Wars and I think that’s why she rented it. I recently saw it again about a year ago. I still love it. The animation is unique. The characters are enjoyable to watch… well… Stiff and… Read more »
angel85
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I’m pretty sure those hydrogen trees were genetically engineered as a fuel source or weapon, not naturally evolved. Of course I base that purely on the fact that it’s the only thing I can imagine that makes ANY kind of logical sense outside of “we wanted a series of explosions in this scene.” I REALLY liked this movie, it came out when I was 15, but I still unironically loved all things animation (I never went through that “x is for kids” phase like most teenagers.) I of course acknowledge the flaws, but that didn’t stop me from making my… Read more »
Nubrain
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Titan AE is perhaps the most flawed movie in my personal top 10 favorite movies. I still remember seeing it in theaters with my best friend and the two of us talking afterwards how most sci-fi assumes that when mankind makes it to the stars the humans will be greater or at least equal to what we find out there and this was the first time we’d seen something that had humanity as second class nomads. I know other stuff does that and Titan AE probably wasn’t the first but it was the first I saw to do that. Honestly… Read more »
Lapis Rune
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LOL I _just_ rewatched this film the other day. I remember when it was out in theaters and I asked my dad (several times) if we could go see it, but my family was fairly poor so seeing movies in a theater was a rare treat. I do agree that is has its flaws, and it has some really good moments too. After I watched it the other night, my sister and I discussed it and we came to one conclusion: MINISERIES! This movie would have done GREAT as a miniseries! One of my biggest issues with the movie was… Read more »
tecpaocelotl
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As for those weird bat alien creatures, I got from the movie that the main character’s father has been there and had a relationship with them which is why they’re willing to help.

Malidictus
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Titan AE is… A waste. The story has potential both on the strength of the voice acting and on the grand premise but it’s ultimately dumb, dumb, dumb in execution. Instead of going from location to location, the movie would have done well to give these characters more time to BE characters. The visuals are amazing, but they’re mixed with awful 90s CGI. Look at dem NURBS! When was the movie made again? It had potential because really – how many true space opera animated movies do we actually have? And I’m not counting Treasure Planet. It’s this and, erm…… Read more »
RD
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Rough around the edges though it may be, Titan AE I find is still perfectly watchable, and has it’s moments. I still like to watch it on occasions if I’m in the mood for a straightforward space adventure. It’s certainly not as…questionable in quality as either Heavy Metal film. A couple of Chuck’s complaints I find a little silly. Why did the Drej attack humans? Well, I’d say being able to create a planet out of random space crap is a pretty big deal, so they obviously don’t want a new galactic superpower to threaten them, as the film more… Read more »
Hanglyman
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I still haven’t seen this movie, but I kinda like the slinky-legs alien lady. Definitely a bold creative choice to have a main character with such weird posture and who takes up so much horizontal space, and helps break out of the “everyone (even the energy beings) are humanoid bipeds” pattern slightly.

OldManHermit
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The Dredge use the Drudge Report? Don’t you mean Dredge Report? Ha ha…

Anyway, I always thought this movie was just kinda mediocre. Some neat ideas in there for sure, but the animation never really gelled for me. There’s a clear line of separation between the hand drawn and cgi elements that I find jarring at times. It was made in the early days of combining both animation styles so I suppose it can be forgiven in that respect.

Asaf
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Can you please either use a different player or upload it to somewhere else because it keeps crashing.

Paganarh
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I’m the one who saw it on his “sweet spot” age. Love it and re-watching it every few years 🙂

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