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Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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2001 Regular
2001 Limited
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2001 Promo
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Song Performed by:

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
Jon Kull
Frank Bennett
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Walt Disney Records (Regular and Limited)
(May 22nd, 2001)

Walt Disney Pictures (Promotional)
(December, 2001)
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The first album was a regular U.S. release, with a blister pack version available. A limited product from Disney contained the same music but included a 3-D cover insert and was individually numbered to 20,000 copies.

The promo was sent to AMPAS voters in late 2001 (along with a copy that contained only the Mya song) and was quickly bootlegged by fans into a variety of nearly identical forms with fan-created artwork. Both legitimate promo versions (song and score) have a simple shite sheet for a cover.
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Buy it... if you seek a predictable, but accomplished and appropriately epic fantasy score with bold brass fanfares and majestic choral performances of harmony.

Avoid it... if you require your expansive orchestral fantasy music to feature a dynamic mix, an intangible element missing from all but this score's several Waterworld-like sequences.
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WRITTEN 5/21/01, REVISED 1/25/09
Atlantis: The Lost Empire: (James Newton Howard) Back for their third venture with Walt Disney Pictures, directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise turn away from the musical format that was dominant in the animated film genre when they made Beauty and the Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and instead follow a trend set by Dinosaur that established the genre as capable of supporting a more traditional adventure format. With no character songs and far more explosive action than seen before in a Disney film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire explores the idea of an early 20th Century expedition to find the sunken city in a fashion that merges plotline concepts from Indiana Jones and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Instead of turning to their previous collaborator, mega-Oscar winner Alan Menken, for the music for Atlantis, Trousdale and Wise were handed composer James Newton Howard, who was in the middle of a multi-picture scoring deal for the studio's animated features at the time (extending to the following year's Treasure Planet). Atlantis joined the ranks of not only Disney's Dinosaur, but competition from Pixar and Dreamworks (including Chicken Run and Shrek) that was also employing mainstream Hollywood composers to write non-musical orchestral material for the genre. The Hans Zimmer hoard of Media Ventures ghostwriters had become attached to many of these films, though Howard, who only maintained a peripheral relationship with Zimmer's organization, was arguably producing the most appealing music for animated films during this era. Fans were not only dazzled by the sharp animation of the previous year's Dinosaur, but also by the score, which many believed to be among the year's five best. From a standpoint of construct and instrumentation, not much is different between that project and Atlantis, but the latter entry allowed Howard to reincorporate some of the eclectic instrumentation that was heard more frequently in his earlier projects. In scope, the performances for Atlantis are rendered similarly to those for Dinosaur, though Howard raises the bar in terms of the amount of choral and percussive creativity for the latter film.

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2001 Regular and Limited Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:04
• 1. Where the Dream Takes You - performed by Mya (4:00)
• 2. The Submarine (3:20)
• 3. Milo's Turned Down (1:48)
• 4. Atlantis is Waiting (2:41)
• 5. The Leviathan (3:25)
• 6. Bedding Down (2:33)
• 7. The Journey (3:22)
• 8. Fireflies (2:11)
• 9. Milo Meets Kida (1:46)
• 10. The City of Atlantis (2:48)
• 11. Milo and Kida's Questions (2:59)
• 12. Touring the City (2:51)
• 13. The Secret Swim (2:46)
• 14. The Crystal Chamber (3:45)
• 15. The King Dies/Going after Rourke (5:12)
• 16. Just Do It (3:18)
• 17. Kida Returns (3:10)
• 18. Atlantis (1:59)
2001 Promotional Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 73:09

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The commercial album inserts contain extensive credits and an advertisement poster for other products related to the film, but no information about the score or film. The promotional album's packaging is sparse.
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