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‘Atlantis’ surfaces

Disney pic tests waters at El Capitan preem

With the closure of the “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” ride at Disneyland in 1994, you just knew Disney was waiting for the release of “Atlantis” to create a whole new underwater world. The time has come.

At Sunday’s premiere, co-director Kirk Wise said, “The whole lagoon at Disneyland is just waiting for Atlantis to be dropped into it.”

A waterfall cascaded down the blue-carpeted entrance of the El Capitan as Cree Summer declared the movie “visually beyond, beyond what I had imagined.” She wore the illuminated crystal that her character Princess Kida sports in the movie, but admitted hers was merely purchased from Toys R Us. “I think it makes me look beautiful,” she said.

Those exploring the underwater sea world at the post-party adjacent the El Cap included producer Don Hahn; co-directors Wise and Gary Trousdale; voice actors Phil Morris, Claudia Christian, David Ogden Stiers, Florence Stanley and Jacqueline Obradors (fellow voicer Michael J. Fox walked the preem carpet and left); songwriter Diane Warren with composer James Newton Howard; Disney exex Michael Eisner, Dick Cook, Peter Schneider, Oren Aviv, Thomas Schumacher and Fred Tio; and guests Melissa Joan Hart (with her two nieces), Jamie Foxx, Lisa Bonet, Jane Seymour (with twin sons Kris and John) and Rachael Leigh Cook.

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