Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters #41: Fenton Q. Harcourt

harcourt atlantis

When you hear the name, Disney, do you think of treasure hunts? Eradication of civilizations? Pupilless monarchs? Marty McFly? If so, you’ll probably love the movie of today’s focus: “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”!

Released in 2001, Disney’s 41st animated feature took Disney down the road of science fiction rather than the road of heartwarming musicals. The film features a young cartographer and linguist named Milo Thatch,

And even with two degrees, he has to settle for a job maintaining a boiler! Bloody economy!
And even with two degrees, he has to settle for a job maintaining a boiler! Bloody economy!

who believes that he has proof of the existence of the mythical land of Atlantis! And as you can imagine, nobody believes him!

But with the help of a rich financier,

He looks trustworthy...right?
He looks trustworthy…right?

and a group of…very…interesting…

atlantis lady

atlantis mole

cookie atlantis

ok, mostly, weird characters,

he goes on a quest to find this sunken city and help restore its inhabitants to glory once again.

There really is nothing else to mention about this movie, well maybe besides the fact that this is another Disney movie that features a princess who’s not officially recognized as a Disney princess.

"If you care for your life, you'll do all that you can to get me and Eilonwy officially recognized by the world!"
“If you care for your life, you’ll do all that you can to get me and Eilonwy officially recognized by the world!”

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand: the forgotten/minor character of this film. And the one that I’ve chosen for this film is Mr. Harcourt!

"Oh, you recognized me in an earlier post! But, if you'd like to remember me again, I'd love it! Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!"
“Oh, you recognized me in an earlier post! But, if you’d like to recognize me again, I’d love it! Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!”

No, HARCOURT, not HAUTECOURT!

"Don't ever mix up a Britisher and a Frenchman again!"
“Don’t ever mix me up with a senile Frenchman again!”

Anyway, he’s one of the board members of the museum that Milo works at. And like the others, he doesn’t believe that Atlantis actually exists!

"Utter Nonsense! Soon they'll be saying that dinosaurs can coexist with lemurs!"
“Utter Nonsense! Soon they’ll be saying that dinosaurs can coexist with lemurs!”

He tries his hardest to discourage Milo and to convince him to face reality and not strive after a far-fetched dream!

"Face reality and keep your job!"
“Face reality and keep your job!”

He’s never seen again afterwards, but he’s voiced by David Ogden Stiers, so that alone gives him good reason to be recognized!

"Cogsworth, the Archdeacon, Governor Ratcliffe, Wiggins, Jumba, and this Harcourt fellow. I wonder which I'll be most remember for. Well, probably not this Harcourt fellow according to this blog!"
“Cogsworth, the Archdeacon, Governor Ratcliffe, Wiggins, Jumba, and this Harcourt fellow. I wonder which I’ll be most remember for. Well, probably not this Harcourt fellow according to this blog!”

I guess a more forgotten/minor character would be Mr. Harcourt’s driver, Heinz, but I couldn’t think of anything to say about him.

"Have patience, Heinz! Today you're driving around this buffoon, but tomorrow you'll be a ketchup conglomerate!"
“Have patience, Heinz! Today you’re driving around this buffoon, but tomorrow you’ll be a ketchup conglomerate!”

So, let’s just stick with Mr. Fenton Q. Harcourt!

"Yes, you better! Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go see a private investigator in Bayport about changing his name, so that it differs from mine!"
“Yes, you better! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go see a private investigator in Bayport about changing his name, so that it differs from mine!”

11 thoughts on “Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters #41: Fenton Q. Harcourt”

  1. Not really a forgotten one for me, mostly because this tends to be the part of the movie I remember the most….mostly because I always think “That’s exactly like Stargate”.

  2. So I am assuming that you just think the movie is weird? Anyways, I dislike the movie. I think it is so sloppy in so many ways, and is pretty damn close to style over substance. The characters are kind of thin and don’t develop. Great post though.

  3. Your illusions to the Aristocats lawyer made me laugh. I was expecting to hate this but actually really enjoyed it. I thought it was a lot of fun. Go figure!

  4. I personally like ATLANTIS, but even I have to admit, there are some major flaws with the film. For one thing, the villain is doesn’t have the most original motivations, but more importantly, it’s the way that the story was handled; the filmmakers can’t seem to decide on a central theme. In his book THE ART OF WALT DISNEY, Christopher Finch states that the film was doomed to failure due to the story team’s “inability to make sense of disparate and unrelated plot elements […] The film falls apart for lack of thematic structure.”

    Still, you can’t say that they didn’t try…

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