“Atlantis: The Lost Empire” surfaced Wednesday at the Ziegfeld Theater with dancing characters from the film to entertain guests afterward at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Among those entertained were pic’s directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, who said that seeing the film with an audience was the best part for them. “Tonight we had laughs in the right places, cheers in the right places, everybody was having a great time,” Wise said.
Producer Don Hahn agreed. “All the adults were laughing at all the adult jokes and all the kids were laughing at the kids’ jokes, and that is great for us because we don’t make movies just for kids or just for adults, we make them for everybody.”
The event was a benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research and raised more than $120,000. Roy E. Disney said, “To be able to give Michael J. Fox something back is really nice, especially that we were able to do this for charity.”
Those who attended included Disney honchos Richard Cook, Thomas Schumacher, John Pomeroy, pic’s Fox with wife Tracy Pollan, soundtrack artist Mya, plus guests Stephen Baldwin, Denis Leary and Kelly Ripa with husband Mark Consuelos.