October 24, 2002
Disney’s growing slate of video premiere movies also includes Atlantis II,
which has been restarted after being put on hold. It now has the subtitle
of Milo’s Return instead of The New Adventures, with James Taylor (not the
singer) in for Michael J. Fox as the voice of Milo.
As of September 12, 2002
Jim Hill Media explains that the cancelled Atlantis TV series spin-off "was
supposed to have been this ambitious animated series that would have heralded
a return to epic storytelling by Walt Disney Television Animation. Something
that this division of the Walt Disney Company hadn’t attempted since Gargoyles
stopped production ‘way back in 1996. So what was the story arc for Team
Atlantis? Due to events that had occurred during the climax of the
direct-to-video sequel to Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Milo and Kida were
now trapped on the surface. Their return route to Atlantis has somehow been
sealed off forever. Which means in order to return to the Lost Empire" Milo &
Kida must now travel the globe. With the help of the Shepherd’s Journal as
well as their old friends from the Whitmore Expedition, they seek out a new
route to Atlantis. In each episode, Milo and Kida would journey to another
far-flung corner of the globe where they would be re-united with Moliere
(or Vinnie or Audrey or Mrs. Packard or Dr. Sweet). Then the intrepid
explorers would have to deal with some paranormal phenomenon (be it the
Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas,
or strange lights in the night sky over Roswell, New Mexico) as they sought
out yet another rumored entrance to the 'Lost Empire.'"
"Unfortunately," continues Jim Hill, "when Disney realized that Atlantis:
The Lost Empire wasn’t going to be the big box office 'Wow!' that everyone
had thought it would be, the company quietly shut down production on the
Team Atlantis TV series." But the Mouse House was still committed to doing
a direct-to-video sequel to the film, and "rather than go ahead with the
sequel that Disney Television Animation had already scripted Mouse House
execs elected to take the two or three episodes of Team Atlantis that had
been already completed and (with the help of a few additional scenes) pass
that off as the direct-to-video sequel to Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Of
course, one wonders how the writers at Disney Television Animation are
going to explain away Milo & Kida being trapped on the earth’s surface
unable to return to Atlantis. After all, it was the storyline of the
original version of the Atlantis: The Lost Empire direct-to-video sequel
that was going to set up the situation that lead to the Team Atlantis TV
series. Now "Who knows how Disney intends to deal with this gaping hole
in the plotline?"
As of August 10, 2002
Greg Weisman confirmed to Toon Zone that the ill-fated animated series
Team Atlantis--the TV spinoff of Disney's animated feature Atlantis:
The Lost Empire--will see the "light of day" after all. Since scripts
were finished and the cast had completed voice recording for much of
the first season, Disney went ahead and "finished animation on the
first 3 episodes"--editing them into a feature direct-to-video/DVD
release that should reach stores in the Spring of 2003.
March 18, 2002
According to Disney animators, "we picked three stories we thought
we could link thematically. We animated about 10 minutes of new material,
not just wraparound stuff but scenes within episodes that followed the theme
more closely. It'll feel like three adventures but hopefully following the
theme will give the ending more resonance."
February 1, 2002
According to Disney Fan Club, Mike Mignola designed new characters for
Atlantis's direct-to-video sequel, based on the first episodes of a
canned TV series. Disney supposedly invested much more energy and
money in Team Atlantis -the working title for the series, which is
likely to be changed by the time the sequel is released- than in
most of its other minor projects. Directed by the team behind
Gargoyles, it will follow the adventures of Milo and Kida in Atlantis.
January 29, 2002
In the Atlantis DVD, the sequel was mentioned. Most likely next year.
Second Life For Atlantis II (from August 13, 2001 mouseplanet)
And, finally, out to Glendale: Walt Disney Television Animation
is having second thoughts about entirely scrapping Team Atlantis,
the weekly TV show that was to follow up Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
The division is proceeding with a direct-to-video called Atlantis:
The New Adventures.
Originally, the direct-to-video was to be an original story
called Atlantis II: Shards of Chaos, which bridged the gap
between the movie and the series. Instead, Disney will use the
first three TV episodes. One was mostly through preproduction,
including writing, recording, storyboard, design and direction.
The other two were finished with preproduction and had been
shipped overseas for layout and animation. The episodes' beginnings
and endings, though, had to be rewritten to tie their stories
Those who worked on the canned series seemed grateful that
something was being salvaged. "It's not 39 episodes, but it'll
do," said one employee. "Granted tomorrow they might change their
minds, but as of today that's the plan."
A co-worker speculated: "I suspect that now that this is a
direct to video instead of just an average TV episode we may
have a bigger budget and more time to do things better than
As for a true Atlantis II, he mused, "I wouldn't put it past
the direct- to- video department to be working on an Atlantis
sequel or prequel. They did a Hunchback sequel, so nothing is
impossible as far as I'm concerned."
According to MSNBC, "Disney feature animation chief Tom Schumacher says
he is more focused on the film’s profitability and long-term value which
will involve a video sequel and TV show than how it stacks up against
Tomb Raider this weekend."