6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2003
This is a genius of an idea! Not only can you experience the fantastic animated movie of Treasure Planet (a sea-faring adventure in the classic mould, yet set in space where the galleons are solar-powered and the whirlpools are black holes, itself ingenius) but you get a decent game (its a strategy featuring the aforementioned galleons and is satisfyingly gripping in terms of playability). And to top it off you get the classic novel of Treasure Island, on which the film is based, allowing you to spot all the clever references (my favourite is the Benbow Inn). An absolute must for any fan of the story, the film, strategy games or just great film-making in general! A complete package of brilliance!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2004
I cant belive some of the comments above, I loved this film! My son who is 7 rented it from the video shop and I have to admit that I thought it would be rubbish, but I enjoyed this far more than "A Bug Life". I thought the story line was great and the animation wonderful. Highly recommended!!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2003
How many times Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel has been made a film of I don’t know, but I do know that only one good version of it truly existed ( the 1990 version with Charlton Heston as Silver), until this Disney came out…
I was sure, due to the hoards of rotten reviews and the few clips I had seen in adds and Jonathan Ross’ film hour that this one wasn’t going to be an exception. What I saw were mediocre gags and lousy combining of CG-animation with traditional… well, animation fan as I am, I still was compelled to buy the feature, and how wrong I was to doubt it:
Set in the distant future, Stevenson’s Atlantic ocean is replaced by the vast Atherium, a sort of outer space where you can breath, and the Caribbean islands are replaced by planets, stars and galaxies ( This might explain the whales flying around in it – to answer another reviewer’s question?). The original 70/30 look designed by the Disney staff is marvellous, where they keep everything 70% traditional and 17th century looking, but add just that 30% of sci-fi to it, and sure to throw you right into the exciting world of Jim Hawkins.
This problem child is too wild at heart for the suffocating life at his mother’s inn. He seeks adventure where he can find it, and this usually comes hand in hand with trouble…
His life changes when Billy Bones, an old drink-rotten pirate crashes near the inn and with his last breath hands over to the boy an odd golden sphere. Suddenly they find the inn attacked and narrowly make it to safety. Later on, as Jim, his mother and doctor Doppler ( the combination of the book’s squire Trelawney and doctor Livesy … and ehm, ‘Lassie’ ) are recovering near a warm fire, Jim figures out how to uncover the secret of the artefact and soon enough, the whole room is engulfed by a huge 3D map, with at the end of a greenish trail… you guessed it! And so the true adventure begins.
The whole story sticks to the book. Of course there are some modifications to adapt it to the futuristic world, and a few too gruesome parts have been dropped for the kids… but don’t be mistaken, those pirates are as authentic in character as they could be, and if you were to come across some of them at night I assure you you’d be pissing your pants. The captain is wonderful, sharp, snappy, disciplined, someone the British navy would make an example of, and a woman. Silver is… Long John Silver, perfectly brought into the story from the book, and as for Jim Hawkins… apart from a few added issues, he’s the same cocky kid as in the original.
Now I mentioned the poor blending of the computer animation with traditional… Silver’s arm is CG, whereas he himself is animated by one of the greatest is not the greatest animator of this generation (Glen Keane), you try and spot a difference between the two…
The humour is far better than I’d expected as well, with humour ranging from goofy and loony to the driest material.
But one thing I also must say about this film before I finally shut up, is that even though it might be a little hard to digest in the beginning ( due to the sci-fi addition mostly), I does grow on you, meaning you’ll probably enjoy it more every time you see it.
DVD extras are amazing and huge in quantity, interviews, behind the scenes, games, truly a scale tipper
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2010
I've always enjoyed this film, and what makes it good is that it centres on how it must feel to grow up without a parent. Fifteen year old Jim Hawkins just so happens to have no father, and this makes it hard for his mother to teach him anything, and also proves that it really is a bad thing to be bereft of a male role model which is what Jim really needs. Good at getting himself into trouble and a cool dude, he must contend with robotic policemen, until he finds that he's in for a treat much later when pirate Billy Bones leaves an orb shaped map in Jim's possession. To Jim's delight, the map soon turns out to contain the entire solar system, and the fabled Treasure Planet. This discovery sparks the interest of astrophysicist Dr. Delbert Doppler who is half man, half dog, and the two of them later land on the space port which makes up the moon. As soon as they board the RLS Legacy (great name!) Jim has to watch himself as a gang of pirates make up the crew, and slowly but gradually he makes friends with the cook, Long John Silver, and Morph, a cute pink blob with goggly eyes that can take on lots of different appearances. Emma Thompson provides witty humour as feline Captain Amelia, and works very well as an animated character in comparison to her many other characters from unanimated films. It's all high rides, adventure and fun, and incredibly entertaining. I think the Special Features are really cool, and some of it is really interesting, like the making of the film and the magic of Disney animation, particularly in this film as it's an incredibly popular story and Robert Louis Stevenson is a very well known author. Then there's the more technical stuff, such as a look into how Silver's cyborg eye, robotic arm and peg leg were put into animation, which is pretty fantastic. My favourite Special Feature is the RLS Legacy game because it keeps your mind busy and your brain working. I enjoy this film a lot and even though I haven't read the book it is based on, I do know what it's about, and I have to say that Disney do stick to a classic to the best of their ability. It's a very well executed take on "Treasure Island", and suitable for both boys and girls.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2003
I simply don't understand why this film failed at the box office. It's an instant classic and a great re-working of the original story.
What I really liked was the complete fantasy about it - there was no explanation of why some things worked - like the R.L.S Legacy (good reference!) - and what on earth there were whales doing floating about in space...
The film is just the right length - my kids love it. The music score was genius. You won't regret buying this film!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2005
Young Jim Hawkins (voice by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) grew up reading about pirates, and dreaming of finding the fabulous lost treasure of Captain Flint, the greatest pirate ever. When a dying sailor gives Jim a special "map", Jim and family friend Doctor Doppler (David Hyde Pierce) set off to find it. But, the crew of their ship looks more than a little bit untrustworthy, and none of them more so than the cook, John Silver (Brian Murray). Sailing through mind-blowing dangers, Jim encounters more adventures than he could ever have imagined, and finds a treasure more valuable than gold.
I must admit that I did not see this movie in the theatre; I was that sure that it was going to be a bad movie. Well, I am kicking myself now! This movie is great! The combination of eighteenth century pirates and technology was handled masterfully, and it produces an exciting and visually breathtaking movie! Am I gushing about this movie? You bet I am! This is a great movie that you and your children will all love. (My kids thought that Morph was the best part of the whole movie.) Get it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Even more of a lowpoint for Disney animation than their troubled 70s-early 80s films, it's hard to think of a worse animated feature from the studio than Treasure Planet. It's one of those pitches that sounds like a really bad idea when you hear it - a sci-fi version of Treasure Island with galleons as spaceships and a cyborg Long John Silver - but which, when you see it, turns out to be even worse than it looked.
It's from that period at the beginning of the century when Disney started to be running scared of the competition, changing their plans based purely on what their rivals were doing. Having turned Kingdom of the Sun, a half-completed epic drama into all-out comedy The Emperor's New Groove to compete with DreamWorks' Road to El Dorado, they then developed two animated adventures to counter the renewed threat of Don Bluth and his surprisingly good but hugely unsuccessful Titan AE. While Atlantis worked well enough until it reached its destination and fell foul of clumsy anime/New Age clichés, Treasure Planet never even gets off the starting blocks. It's colourful and very expensive looking without ever being particularly visually appealing, while despite a story by Pirates of the Caribbean writers, there's little wit here (a few verbal gymnastics from Emma Thompson's feline captain aside). Suspension of disbelief is a major problem - just how does everyone breathe in space? - but even bigger is the way the film confuses haste for excitement, in a constant rush that never allows it to create interesting characters or credible worlds as it races from one CGi heavy sequence to another, constantly throwing in uninvolving set pieces that are supposed to make you go WOW! but are more likely to evoke yawns as it trudges mechanically through a thousand animation clichés. Small wonder its failure sounded the death knell for traditional 2-dimensional animation at Disney until The Princess and the Frog several years later.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2010
Recently bought about 12 Disney movies from Amazon for my little girl. Very impressed with the more recently made films Brother bear ect. But this blew me away. How could i have missed this! This is not for kids this is for the Daddies like me who love action films. A better pirate than Jack Sparrow he is for sure oh arrrrrrrgh!
Great price and a truely suprisingly good action cartoon. Reminded me of Starchaser legend of orin. Any one remember that great cartoon film.
on 17 July 2012
I got this movie when it first came out, when i was in second grade or so, and after that, I had viewed this movie so many times since, that it in the end was broken for to much use, and probably not caring for it too much - we were children who can blame us?
So I recently found this Gift Set coming along with that novel, and I as a fresh reader wanted something physical in my hand to read instead of all the e-books, and then what could have been better then getting the novel that was made into the greatest movie of my childhood as well as the movie itself?
The movie is great! It simply is nothing more the spectacular! The animations and background designs are all beyond its time! The story as well is really great and touching; making me cry every time. Containing about everything you want in a movie; Action, emotions, love and adventure.
I also love the soundtrack, though it is not included, the movie will of course play the music occasionally, and it is just wonderful! Really capturing the story and feelings in the movie, as well as the pirate-theme.
The book was beyond my imaginations! I have not completed it just yet, but it is wonderfully written with really good techniques as well as the way Louis write, to really catch your attention and not wanting to just stop reading it through. It is like you are living the story itself.
As for the game, I have not tried it as my intensions of this purchase was more for just the movie and book, but for the two alone, it is really worth it, and I recommend every nostalgic fan of this movie, or curious persons, to buy this gift set to continue watching the movie, as well as reading the story behind it.
on 30 April 2015
So happy to find this childhood favourite after so long. One of my rare sci-fi loves and a wonderful adaptation of the Classic Treasure Island story, with imaginative world-building and new takes on the classic cast.
The animation is lovely and has aged well (I can't think of any other film off the top of my head over a decade old with animation that still looks like it could have been drawn yesterday). The designs themselves are very much like Steampunk and have some of the quirkiness that goes really well with the beautiful world that is created around them. Also the alien characters are varied and interesting to look at. I still spot new things in crowd scenes that make me smile and I had not seen before, which is impressive for hand-drawn animation.
The music still sticks with me the same way the Lion King's does (not just the songs, but the musical score too).
But also the characters themselves are very fleshed out and their relationships with one another are realistic and relatable, making you want to laugh and sometimes cry.
Not the most loyal adaptation but certainly memorable with heart-tugging moments that makes this possibly one of Disney's best.