Here Is What You Need To Know:
This is a strange little film that is rather confused in regards to its audience. On one hand, Titan A.E appears to be targeting science-fiction fans, but other elements, such as the odd cartoonish aliens, seem to be more focused on children. Titan A.E ends up feeling disjointed and confused.
The beginning of the story is definitely NOT for the kids as it begins with a alien mothership parking itself over earth and blasting the planet apart. That may make for an exciting beginning but it doesn't exactly establish the right tone for a kid's film, does it now? Hundreds of ships manage to flee earth just before our little planet is cooked by the energy based aliens. The title is a reference to a sort of super ship and much of the plot revolves around finding it.
What Was Cool:
-The highlight of Titan A.E is most definitely the first few minutes, then interest drops off fast.
-Titan A.E has some really good CG elements which end up looking a little cheapened by the inconsistent traditional cel animation. This combination of CG and cel animation only serves to heighten the confusing feel of the movie as you are unsure what audience the film is targeting.
-The alien baddies, the Drej, are pretty cool.
What Was Stupid:
-The concept for mixing cel and traditional animation was flawed. If Titan A.E had picked one look, one style and stayed with it, the film would have probably faired a little better with audiences.
-Blowing up earth in the first bit of the movie was a mistake as the rest of the film is lacking the tension, action and suspense of the beginning. A prolonged defense of earth, only to see the planet destroyed in the second act would have made for a far tighter screenplay.
-Too many silly and uninteresting characters in the film as a whole.
The Film's Real Genius or Geniuses:
The real genius would have been the guy who convinced the studio NOT to use both cel and CG animation together in this fashion, but he didn't show up for work that day I guess. The real geniuses are all the people would obviously worked endless, endless hours putting together this flawed concept.
Even though I am not crazy about the film, it is probably a film that science-fiction and animation fans might want to rent because it does have a interesting look and many may have not yet seen it.
Use of Science C
Portrayal of Women B-
Quality of animation B+
Enjoyability Grade C+
Home Theater/HD Factor B+
Gut Check (Level of Studio Executive Guts) A (This call truly took some guts. Titan A.E is an expensive film and you don't have to be a genius to be figure that out. So points must be given for whoever made the call to tackle Titan A.E, however, their judgment is another story as the story itself is a bit of a mess.)
Overall Innovation B (There are serious problems with the film, but it has a element of innovation to its look and feel and that does count for something.)
Overall Grade C+ (Titan A.E is interesting enough, but could have been so much more with a good foundation, or in other words a better script.)
Interesting fact about Cherie:
Cherie is almost 5'11 and often refer to myself in the 3rd person