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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 2002 / Director: Ron Clements, John Musker, Jeff Kurtti / Actors: Roscoe Lee Browne, Corey Burton, Dane A. Davis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tony Jay ... / DVD released 2003-04-29 at Walt Disney Video / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC

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      18.12.2011 23:34
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      A pleasant surprise of a film

      I have never watched 'Treasure Planet' before until yesterday as my friend had it on DVD and thought, why not! and it turned out to be much better than expected!

      ~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
      Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island', 'Treasure Planet' takes the classic tale to an intergalactic level that is both thrilling and heartwarming. Jim Hawkins has always read about Treasure Planet and when a mysterious treasure map lands in his hands, he grabs the opportunity to go on a once in a lifetime space voyage in hopes of claiming the treasure of the universe and to make his mother proud. Little did he know, the crew on board have their eyes on the treasure too...

      Throughout the movie, I couldn't help but think about Final Fantasy, Avatar and Star Wars. Even though this movie was made in 2002, there are some very modern and cool ideas which others may have taken from. The setting and visuals are pretty breathtaking too.

      The plot was extremely simple and got straight to the point. It was easy to follow and had a complexity that wasn't mind-boggling, yet not too shallow. This is perhaps brought about by the rather interesting characters with rather conflicted ideals.

      Firstly, we have the rebellious protagonist Jim who has an attitude and some would rather dislike his 'brat'-like demeanor- though I would praise Disney for his rather modern hairstyle! Then we have Billy Bones who is the supposed villain but is conflicted when he takes Jim under his wing and becomes a father figure for him.

      Whilst the story is primarily an adventure, these relationship details take the movie to another level, something relatable and emotional and in that way impacts us as an audience; Disney and Pixar Disney are great at this!

      As it does follow a typical adventure storyline, the ending and climax was a bit predictable but nevertheless finished in an appropriate and cheerful way. The way the movie also bookends the film with similar shots and sequences at the beginning and end is a nice detail.

      ~~~VOICED BY~~~
      Joseph Gordon Levitt- Jim Hawkins
      Emma Thompson- Captain Amelia

      Other voices by Patrick McGoohan, Daid Hyde Pierce and Martin Short.

      I thought Emma Thompson did a great job as Captain Amelia- she stood out as one of my favourite characters due to her bossy personality and the quick witted things that come out of her mouth!

      I also really liked Morph- it wouldn't be a Disney film without an awesome side-kick!


      ~~~OVERALL~~~
      'Treasure Planet' was a pleasant surprise. Despite low commercial success, this film fits in well with the Disney Family and definitely brings something new to the collection of great titles out there. The beautiful settings, interesting characters and a direct plot make this film enjoyable for everyone!

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        23.03.2010 00:22
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        Disney gives a futuristic take on the classic Treasure Island

        8 years ago, Disney took the classic tale of Treasure Island and gave it a futuristic galactic twists, this being the result. With a decent amount of action and characters from the start, as well as some clever takes on some of the elements of the classic story itself, I found this to be a really good watch.

        Disney's cartoon magic is present, as you would expect it to be, with the sweeping gravity-defying elements that reminded me of Beauty and the Beast, with all of the household objects. Here, it's more the way that Disney do Long John Silver's character that is very clever, giving the old sailor not just a false leg (metal here as opposed to wooden in the original tale) but also a false arm and eye, effectively providing us with a cyborg as the most sinister of characters.

        The original tale tells of young Jim Hawkins, who longs to go to sea, and when he comes across a treasure map from the dying Billy Bones, the sinister Long John Silver cons him into thinking he's not just after the treasure. In this tale, Silver is the cook aboard a ship that Jim gets a job aboard in order to follow the map for the treasure island. Only in this case, it's a planet and not an island. Jim is some sort of whizz with electronic gadgetry, and the crew aboard the ship are a motley bunch of various aliens.

        The little futuristic elements are very well one. The main one is Silver's cyborg appearance, but the flight of the ships is also very impressive. There are a few action scenes which involve a lot of flying and those involved in it provide some excitement. It proves that a script needs to be important for the animation to work properly as well. The dialogue between Silver and Jim as the old cook take the young adventurer under his wing is quite tense. Silver is cast as being a sinister and potential villain from the start, and Disney give a nice take on proceeds. Things don't completely follow the course of the original tale, but skirt around its edges, so for those of you familiar with how it usually goes, there are quite a few differences in this, so it's well worth the watch.

        There aren't a whole bunch of A listers lending their vocal talents here, although Emma Thompson, Martin Short and David Hyde Pierce are probably the best know names there. The voice actors are well chosen though, and I couldn't really fault them. Good choices, and well executed.

        The film reminds me somewhat of Titan A.E. when it came out. The films aren't that far apart, and the crossover between predominantly cartoon animation and the 3D and CGI work that we're more used to now affected both films, with them being on the cusp of the latest technology to hit home hard and almost leave plain old cartoons floundering. However, Disney have just come back with 2D animation in the form of The Princess and the Frog, and hopefully this'll show that there is a strong place for animation of the 2D traditional cartoon kind. Treasure Planet gives us an hour and a half of enjoyable entertainment, and while it doesn't do anything special, it's well worth the watch.

        I recommend giving Treasure Planet a go. It's very enjoyable, and while it's nowhere near Disney's best, it'll do for fans of cartoon animation in general as well as those who like the classic original tale.

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        03.11.2009 00:12
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        Great entertainment with a brilliant storyline

        This is a futuristic take on the classic novel "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is mainly about a young boy who is trying to find his way in life when suddenly a spaceship crashes outside his house. The pilot, who is some kind of monstrous pirate, is trying to escape from the fearsome cyborg John Silver, to protect a chest which holds the secret of Treasure Planet. Jim Hawkins, who is the main character, successfully finds the map that will lead him to the treasure from a hundred worlds.
        In my opinion this is not your usual Disney animation. There is not enough music and not that many jokes but it work nevertheless. During the whole film you feel like you are in a different world and you start imagine being there with these characters. I am a huge Disney buff and to be honest this is not one of my top ten Disney films but still I have seen it 5 times and wouldn't hesitate seeing it once more.

        The best thing about the film, from my opinion, is all these interesting animals that you see floating around in space, just like if you would be sailing the seven seas. And also, the part when Jim Hawkins is getting to know John Silver and Johnny Rezsnick's song "I'm still here" is playing which makes you want to see it over and over again.

        The one character I found was a bit too much was actually the "funny" character B.E.N who is a robot deserted on Treasure Planet. Even though he has his funny moments I still think he is sometimes too much.
        Another important feature that all Disney films must have is great music and lots of it, which I felt was missing in Treasure Planet. Despite this it is a fantastic adaptation of the book Treasure Island and having Emma Thompson as one of the characters cannot be anything else but brilliant.

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        11.08.2009 01:02
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        Get out Muppets Treasure Island instead...

        After seeing this advertised on 5 all week, I was looking forward to sitting down on Sunday night to watch this film, thinking it looked like a good old-fashioned Disney adventure. Unfortunately, this was one film that wasn't worth the wait and I ended up feeling more than a little disappointed.

        Treasure Planet is a Disney animation made in 2002 that is a re-imagining of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Treasure Island; a book I pratically worshipped when I was growing up and which still holds a special place in my book collection even now! In this latest interpretation, set on an alien planet many years in the future, Jim Hawkins is a typical teenager who helps run the Admiral Benbow Inn with his mother when he's not getting into trouble with the law. When a spaceship crashes at the Inn's docks, Jim pulls its pilot clear only for him to die in his arms. Before the pilot passes away though, he gives Jim a mysterious sphere and warns him about a deadly cyborg who would like to get his hands on it. Shortly afterwards, the Inn is attacked by a group of Pirate Maruaders and Jim and his mother make good their escape just before their livelihood is burnt to the ground. Examining the sphere later with family friend, Dr. Delbert Doppler (voiced by Frasier Crane's onscreen brother, David Hyde Pierce), Jim discovers the object is actually a holographic map detailing the path to the long-sought after, fabled Treasure Planet. Together Doppler and Jim commission a ship to help them seek this planet of lost fortune; this ship is commanded by the Emma Thompson voiced Captain Amelia and comes complete with a nefarious crew of miscreants and ne'er-do-wells that includes the Cyborg cook, John Silver. Despite his mis-givings, Jim and his new-found friends set off following the sphere's hidden directions but it is not long before trouble strikes and the voyage ends up being far less than the plain sailing that any of them had hoped for. Black holes, treacherous crew-mates and the ever present fear of mutiny make the voyage much more dangerous and it is not long before Doppler, Jim and Captain Amelia are forced to leave the ship. But can they locate the treasure before John Silver and his band of pirates? There's only one way to find out...

        This could have been an excellent swash-buckling tale but, by setting it in space, Disney seem to have done themselves a disservice. The film recieved mixed reviews upon release and it is easy to see why. The aliens are often less than imaginative in their creation and the cast are a complete mish-mash of some of literature's best-loved characters. John Silver is no longer the lovable rogue he was in the original book and Jim Hawkins comes across as no more than an annoying brat. The plot has been dandied about so some of the book's most memorable scenes are lost (there is no Blind Pew for example and hence no Black Spot!) and the script feels very far from polished in the slightest. The only thing at all that I liked about this movie was the old-skool style of animation which has always been my preference to modern CGI!. It is fair to say that I love both Toy Story's and the hilarious Ice Age films but there is something about this older animation technique that for me, has always held this retro nostalgia that is often associated with all the great Disney films! That said, if you want to see a much better modern animation using this style, I would reccomend the film Titan A.E over this any day! I have fond memories of going to see Titan A.E at the cinema whilst this Treasure Planet is something that I would love to wipe from my mind.

        Poor old R.L.Stevenson would not just roll in his grave if he saw this but would most likely dig himself up and relieve himself over the late Walt Disney's tombstone!! It really is a poor travesty of a classic novel that once stimulated the happiest moments of many a young boy's childhood! The Pirates Of The Carribean movies, despite their occassional weak points and flaws, are better pirate films than this and honestly there is very little about it that I can think to reccommend.

        My best advice would be to steer clear of this film and aim for smoother waters. For this is a good idea that never really manages to drag itself off the space ocean floor!

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          10.04.2009 13:39
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          Treasure planet is a great adaptation of a classic

          Walt disneys Treasure planet is an adaptation Of the film Treasure Island written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Released in 2002 the film was a huge hit with people of all ages from kids to grown adults it was a massive success.

          The story revolves around a boy called Jim Hawkins. Jim is a bit of a troublemaker and gets into trouble alot. At the start of the film Jim is on this skateboard like flying machine. He gets caught by the police and taken home. Jim lives with just his Mum as his Dad walked out on him and his Mum when he was very young. His Mum owns and runs an inn for all types of alien species. called, "The Benbow Inn." She slaves away to provide for Jim but Jim doesn't provide back.

          The story starts by one day an alien coming to the inn. The alien is badly hurt and is carrying a chest. Before the alien dies he opens the chest and gives Jim whats inside. At the same time a flying ship lands full of space pirates trying to get whats inside that chest. Jim and his Mum then have to flee the inn to save themselves.

          When jim and his mum get to a safe location Jim looks at the item the alien gave him, its a puzzle like sphere object. Jim starts playing with the sphere then suddenly this map shoots out of the sphere and shines on the walls around them. Its a map of the universe. Then the map zooms in onto this one planet and its a planet that no one thought exists, Treasure Planet.


          Then Jim and this Professor go on this wild adventure to find this planet of treasure. They allsorts of dangerous things including massive flying whales, giant black holes that they almost get sucked into, bloodthirsty pirates and human size spiders. I won't give away the ending but there are twists and turns, which shock and surprise you.

          The films graphics are beautifully done showing texture and shape. The graphics bring the characters and the different scenery to life. The sound quality is amazing as it is digitally mastered which really capivates the viewer.

          Overall this is a truly magnificent film, everything in it from the sound to the characters are first class. A great disney film.

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            02.02.2009 00:36
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            very fun kids film

            Treasure Planet is a highly underrated addition to the Disney canon and a great kids film. A quirky, anachronistic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, the story follows Jim the cabin boy in his quest to find hidden pirate gold. Included are familiar versions of all the famous characters, Billy Bones briefly appears as a vivid space lizard and the ever-charming Long John Silver is now a hardened space cyborg. The story is captivating as in all adaptations and needs little explanation, suffice to say this is a rather faithful depiction.
            Visually this fill is stunning. Disney have always created the smoothest animation and this is no exception, however the models are more stylised than traditional Dinsey characters. I also detected a hint of Japanese character models, a style I normally dislike but it is diluted enough by the other excellent visual elements to remain largely pleasant.
            Computer graphics had been used to present sweeping space scenes together with old fashioned galleons and sloops equipped with "solar sails." The traditional wood beams and rigging on the ships are still there and it gives the film a very distinct feel.
            The acting is good enough to be invisible and allows the viewer to be absorbed into the story.
            The only real drawback to the film is that it suffers from a weak final act, the feeling is very much as though the ideas the production team were really interested in have been used up. Pulling the film to its conclusion is the necessity for an ending which admittedly feels a bit unsatisfying.

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              25.09.2008 02:48

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              Enjoyable visit to Treasure Planet for kids of all ages

              Visually for sets and location backgrounds it looks excellent and is generally a wonderful adaptation of Robert Louis Stephenson's Treasure Island. I've seen a lot of different versions including The Muppet one but this is by far the best of them all. The animation and characters are excellent. The voice cast aren't at that bad but they aren't easily recognisable voices as I personally could only recognise the voices David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane from Frasier) and Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee).

              It was very well made and even if it did make a loss for Disney it has the makings of a film that could become a cult classic for characters like Morph and Ben who may not have huge roles but certainly stand out when they are on screen. I absolutely loved it, even if it is supposed to be for the kids. It's suitably dark in the appropriate places and those scenes might a tad scary for the younger kiddies but if you've read the book or seen any other version you at least know where to expect bad things to happen to our hero. I'd recommend it to kids of all ages.

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