Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Treasure Planet Review (Updated)

Treasure Planet

Release Date: 26th December 2002 – Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Feature Animation
Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 95 minutes

Budget: $140,000,000

Box Office Gross: $109,578,115

Plot Summary
A futuristic twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Treasure Planet follows restless teen Jim Hawkins on a fantastic journey across the universe as cabin boy aboard a majestic space galleon. Befriended by the ship's charismatic cyborg cook, John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance and shows the makings of a fine shipmate as he and the alien crew battle a supernova, a black hole, and a ferocious space storm. But even greater dangers lie ahead when Jim discovers that his trusted friend Silver is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny on his mind.

Voice Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Jim Hawkins
Brian Murray – John Silver
David Hyde Pierce – Dr. Delbert Doppler
Emma Thompson – Captain Amelia
Dane A. Davis – Morph
Martin Short – B.E.N
Tony Jay – Narrator
Austin Majors – Young Jim
Laurie Metcalf – Sarah Hawkins
Patrick McGoohan – Billy Bones
Roscoe Lee Browne – Mr. Arrow
Corey Burton – Onus
Michael Wincott – Scroop

Producers/Animation Story/
Screenplay/Directors – Ron Clements & John Musker
Based on Novel “Treasure Island” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Screenplay – Rob Edwards
Animation Story – Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
Producer – Roy Conli
Production Designer/Story
Artist – Frank Nissen
Production Designer – Steven Olds
Art Director – Andy Gaskill
Story Supervisor – Barry Johnson
Visual Effects Supervisor – Dave Tidgwell
Film Editor – Michael Kelly
Music – James Newton Howard


2003 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Ron Clements (Nominated)

TREASURE PLANET is a science-fiction adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story Treasure Island except the difference from the novel includes changing the characters such as Long John Silver from a one-legged pirate to a cyborg and the main hero Jim Hawkins is a rebellious teen. I was amazed that the space looked like an atmosphere and the spaceships look like old ships from the 18th century that I found it very imaginative. I liked the heartwarming relationship between Hawkins and Silver as well as the character of the little shape-shifting blob Morph. The film also has stellar voice acting of Joseph Gordon Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce and Emma Thompson. The ingenious music score by James Newton Howard and the way it is impressively combined with 2D and CGI animation make TREASURE PLANET an underrated animated movie.

I thought that TREASURE PLANET was interesting, instead it turns out it was better than the similar movie TITAN A.E (click here) and it was my second Disney animated fave. For anyone who loved Disney, this film is worth-seeing otherwise you might like to watch the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies instead.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

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