, a pet project of Little Mermaid
codirectors Ron Clements and John Musker, is an ambitious animation hybrid (traditional animation combined with elaborate CGI backgrounds). It was the subject of numerous in-studio battles, but Disney office politics and a poor public reception shouldn't distract one from its many admirable qualities, not the least being its overall fidelity to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Treasure Island
. Curiously revamped as a sci-fi adventure with space-faring galleons, flintlock ray guns and extreme-sports attitude, it caters to a young audience for whom Stevenson's adventure is an undiscovered treasure, revving up the material with arcade-game excitements. It's entertaining, for what it is, and kids will surely enjoy it. Maybe next time, however, Disney will follow its own legacy and properly adapt Stevenson (as they did with their 1950 live-action classic) for a new, and hopefully receptive, generation. --Jeff Shannon
An updated science fiction version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale 'Treasure Island'. Jim Hawkins is a young man who is given a holographic map by Billy Bones and is warned to beware the pirate Cyborg. Upon further inspection Jim realises that the map shows the location of some hidden treasure. Jim joins the crew of the space galleon RLS Legacy in search of distant planets and buried loot...