Titanic: The Legend Goes On is an Italian animated movie made in 2000 directed by Kim Lox and Camillo Teti, and loosely based on the true events of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Due to its incredibly insensitive nature, critics have considered this to be one of the worst animated films of all time, though not as bad as two other Italian films about the same disaster, The Legend of the Titanic and In Search of the Titanic.
This movie begins on a White Star Line-chartered train, carrying passengers to the RMS Titanic. A poor girl named Angelica, treated as a servant by her wicked stepmother and two stepsisters, dreams of finding both love and her missing mother, with only a blue locket as a clue to her mother's identity. At the same time, an upper-class English man named William boards with his grandmother who laments the disappearance of her daughter years ago, as well as his secretary Gaston. Other passengers include the gold-digging Winnie, a banker named Jeremy McFlannel, a jewel thief named Corynthia Meanstreak, her two henchmen Kirk and Dirk, a detective named Sam Bradbury who has been sent to pursue them, and Molly, a gorgeous singer. Also boarding in the cargo hold are a group of animals, including a family of Jewish mice, some geese, a dog named Fritz, a magpie named Hector and a band of Mexican mice. After Fritz saves the Jewish mice from a cat, he breaks into an impromptu rap about partying. Throughout the voyage, the various passengers meet and interact. William and Angelica fall in love at first sight, while Winnie and Jeremy fall for each other after Winnie's dog Flopsy trips Jeremy up. Gaston meanwhile attempts to woo Molly with Angelica's locket, which he found after she unknowingly dropped it. Sam goes undercover to find Corynthia while Kirk and Dirk make several unsuccessful attempts to steal jewelry from Winnie, but are foiled by her dog.
The film reaches its climax at a reception held in honor of the passengers. Angelica is able to attend with William after her cabinmate Victoria loans her a suitable dress. Meanwhile, the Jewish mouse child Maxie discovers that Angelica is missing her locket and recruits the other animals to help search for it, finding it in time for her to wear to the reception. Upon seeing the locket being worn by Angelica and hearing the correct implication from one of the ship's officers that it was stolen when she received it, Molly slaps Gaston and leaves him. When Gertrude, Bernice and Hortense attempt to break up Angelica and William, Maxie scares them off. Kirk and Dirk manage to successfully steal a pearl choker from Winnie, but learn that it is a fake, as Winnie is not rich and uses fake jewelry to infatuate wealthy men.
The Titanic hits an iceberg and begins to sink as the passengers rush for the lifeboats. All of the animals escape on floating crates, rescuing the ship's cook in the process and being led to safety by dolphins. Winnie chooses to stay behind with Jeremy, who reveals to her that he is not the rich man she thought he was – he was on his way to America to be bailed out after his bank failed. Despite learning this, Winnie still loves him and they die together. Molly also chooses to remain on the ship to sing with Wallace Hartley's band and dies along with them. On one of the lifeboats, Angelica discovers that William's maid is actually her mother and the two are reunited. After the ship goes down, they search for William, rescuing Sam from the water in the process. Eventually, William is rescued and reunited with Angelica. An epilogue reveals that the two got married and lived happily ever after, Detective Sam Bradbury put Corynthia behind bars, Kirk and Dirk married Angelica's stepsisters and Gaston married a wealthy socialite hoping to live off her money, but instead ended up in charge of her home's household chores.
Why It Sucks
- It not only rips off James Cameron's 1997 film, Titanic, but it also ripped off countless Disney characters (e.g. the Evil Stepmother is a different version of Lady Tremaine from Cinderella and the two Dalmatians are Pongo and Perdita from 101 Dalmations) and Don Bluth characters (e.g. The family of mice from An American Tail.)
- Horrible animation.
- Laughably bad English dubbing ("Pihkupdosebitsabrokenchihnatwonce!")
- This film is actually based on a historic tragedy, but the film outright states that it's a "legend".
- Racially insensitive characters like the Mexican and Jewish mice that serve no purpose in the film.
- Bland, forgettable and extremely annoying characters.
- Numerous editing and animation errors in the movie. (e.g. when the two robbers set off to attack the old woman, the movie goes pitch-black for a few seconds and the scene just ends without explanation.)
- The main 'couple' share 3 lines of dialogue and instantly know it's meant to be.
- Numerous sub-plots that are never, ever resolved.
- In the film there is a rapping dog, which has nothing to do with the Titanic film at all and comes straight out of nowhere.
- Forgettable music, aside from the infamous Rapping Dog song.
- The Rapping Dog song is completely random. It is also obviously an anachronism since rap and the clothes associated with it didn't exist back in 1912.
- Repetitive animation that just loops over and over, such as the scene when the ship busts open and the same scene of water bursting in plays four times in a row.
- Way too much comedy for a film based on the Titanic disaster.
- An extremely insensitive ending where everyone who survived the sinking of the Titanic is shown to live "happily ever after".
- A lot of animation is reused. For example, scenes from the rapping dog song can be seen during the song sang by the Mexican Mice.
- There's one good song in the whole movie, "Holding Me" that, despite being an obvious rip-off of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", still sounds pretty nice.
- This film has a somewhat better grasp of the historical event than The Legend of The Titanic. The movie stays true to the fact that the sinking was a tragic accident, not an intentional sinking like in The Legend of The Titanic.
- The film at least has the sense to imply that some people actually died, unlike the earlier The Legend of The Titanic.