Saturday, April 12, 2014
Disney's Atlantis Beanie Babies And Kida, The Lost Disney Princess
I wonder if children who saw Disney's 2001 animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire begged their parents for bean bag toys of the Martag fish vehicle and the Stone Giant. Who would not want to cuddle up with a menacing Stone Giant?
With Frozen doing big business these days, it is interesting to look back at Atlantis and wonder how things would have been done differently with Princess Kida today. Kida (voiced by Cree Summer) is exotic looking and has Queen Elsa's platinum blonde hair. She really should have been the star of Atlantis. Think of all the dolls that could have been sold. Instead, the focus was on dozens of other characters. This movie could have been Disney's answer to Grease 2 (I know that is not necessarily a good thing, but hear me out).
The main character in Atlantis: The Lost Empire is Milo Thatch (Michael J. Fox), a huge nerd. Milo meets Princess Kida and by the end of the movie, Milo is wearing a Hugh Hefner robe (see the Milo doll) and Kida and Milo are a couple. Kind of what happens in Grease 2.
There were big plans for Atlantis, including an animated TV series. The series morphed into the 2003 video sequel Atlantis: Milo's Return.
When I first heard about Disney's Atlantis movie, I really hoped it would be about the legendary race of fish folk living in Atlantis, as portrayed in the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction that opened at Tokyo DisneySea in Japan back in 2001. That would have been something really different.