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great film, no matter what ppl. say,
This review is from: Treasure Planet [DVD]  (DVD)
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