Since Wednesday, 12 October, 2005, Atlas has revised their website such that the introductory animation is now an option How nice!
The revised page opens much faster and allows the reader to get right to business. I know some people probably thought the animation was "cool" or "neat" or "rad" or some other superlative modifier, but i am glad to see a more efficient page that doesn't make me wait around, and that is so very much easier to use than the previous iteration was. Thanx Atlas, if you are reading this. I know you meant well, but the revised page is a great leap better than the previous one.