Audrey says “fuck your gender roles”
This movie is super underrated.
Audrey is so underrated. How can you not love her?
I have a love-hate relationship with this movie.
On one hand it’s got awesome PoC characters who defy racial and gender stereotypes. It also discusses colonialism and how people tend to destroy indigenous cultures to obtain land and resources (which is why the crew ultimately decided a to pretend they never found Atlantis because they don’t want anyone else to try and destroy the culture).
But on the other hand, the whole plot is that Atlantis needs a white, cishet man to save it from extinction and for some reason he understand their culture and language better than they do.
hEY FUCK YOU OKAY
MILO WAS THE ANTITHESIS OF WHITE SAVIOR
HE WAS A NERDY USELESS LITTLE SHIT WHO WAS COWARDLY UNTIL OTHERS FORCED HIM TO ACT
HIS ONLY STRENGTHS WERE HIS MIND AND HIS ETHICS
HE WAS THE PERFECT DUDE FOR THE JOB AND THE REASON HE KNEW BETTER WAS BECAUSE HE RIGOROUSLY STUDIED TEXTS THAT HAD BEEN LOST OR DESTROYED IN ATLANTIS BECAUSE KIDA’S FATHER INTENTIONALLY LET HIS KINGDOM LAPSE INTO DECAY AND OBSCURITY
DO NOT PULL THAT WHITE SAVIOUR BULLSHIT BECAUSE MILO WAS A DAMN GOOD DUDE
‘But on the other hand, the whole plot is that Atlantis needs a white, cishet man to save it from extinction’ - only because another white cishet man tried to destroy it in the first place (ie the greatest colonialism metaphor in any Disney film ever); and anyway, it was the city’s natural defences that really saved it, helped by Kida’s sacrifice, and neither the city nor Kida was a white cishet man. Milo helped, sure, but he’s hardly the sole reason that Atlantis survived.
‘for some reason he understand their culture and language better than they do’ - this was also a metaphor of sorts for the degradation of culture over time, and the necessity of preserving it. It represented how cultures often fall into decline if they’re not kept alive by those who practice it (in Atlantis, Kida’s ol’ man doesn’t bother to ensure that their language is taught, and so it disappears). This has happened numerous times in the real world - look at all the dead languages that now have no native speakers and are only spoken and written by scholars, linguists and archaeologists, like Milo.
You can’t really call ‘white saviour’ on a film where the main antagonist is a white colonialist and the majority of the heroes responsible for the narrative resolution (Milo, Kida and arguably the city itself) are not even white, and where all instances of colonialism and imperialism are portrayed in a hugely negative light, with cultural integrity and respect placed on a deserving ideological pedestal.