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
on 15 March 2016
TREASURE PLANET [2002 / 2015] [15th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] Disney’s 42nd Animated Classic! A Magical Inventive Utterly Delightful Movie!
From the directors of Disney’s ‘ALADDIN’ and ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ comes a fantastic story of courage, friendship and self-discovery. Now, for the first time on Blu-ray, share this 2002 Academy Award® nominated classic for Best Animated Feature Film with your family as you travel across the universe to discover an exciting world full of fun.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” gets a futuristic twist in this amazing tale of a brave young man’s thrilling journey to new frontier aboard a flying ship. Narrated by Tony Jay and Kambiz Shabankare.
Voice Cast: Roscoe Lee Browne, Corey Burton, Dane A. Davis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tony Jay, Austin Majors, Patrick McGoohan, Michael McShane, Laurie Metcalf, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Emma Thompson, Michael Wincott, Jack Angel, Bob Bergen, Rodger Bumpass, Jane Carr, John Cygan, Jennifer Darling, Paul Eiding, Sherry Lynn, Mona Marshall, Mickie McGowan, Patrick Pinney, Phil Proctor, Jeremy Suarez, Jim Ward and Kambiz Shabankare (uncredited)
Directors: John Musker and Ron Clements
Producers: John Musker, Peter Del Vecho, Ron Clements and Roy Conli
Screenplay: John Musker, Rob Edwards, Ron Clements and Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Composer: James Newton Howard
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French: 5.1 DTS-HD High Resolution, German: 5.1 DTS-HD High Resolution, Spanish [Castilian]: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Dutch: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish [Catalan]: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Flemish: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Dutch
Running Time: 91 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: When watching the Walt Disney animated film ‘TREASURE PLANET’ today, it’s hard to believe the animated cartoon has just reached its 15th anniversary and not because it feels new, but rather quite the opposite. While ‘THREASURE PLANET’ is enjoyable to watch, it plays like a product of the 1990s. With dated computer graphics, artistic style, and soundtrack, the film’s release to Blu-ray entertains but reminds audiences why it never became another Walt Disney classic, but despite this, I really enjoyed its adventurous attitude.
‘TREASURE PLANET’ is based loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Treasure Island,” and spun into a sci-fi world of the future with space pirates, aliens, laser guns, and automatons. With legendary Disney directors John Musker and Ron Clements at the helm, this film appeared to be a way for them to take animation beyond the worlds of ‘ALADDIN and ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID,’ and be appealing more to a male audience.
But while the adventure of the film is often exciting, there is little character connection. Though the motivations behind most of the characters’ actions is simple seeking a long-lost treasure and only a handful have enough development for audiences to care about them. But the animated film often makes up for its relatively simple story with a unique visual style, a seamless blend of traditional hand-drawn and computer-generated animation, even if the CGI appears to be of an era further back than its fifteen year age appearance.
Also slightly dating the animated film’s tremendous song “I’m Still Here,” supplied by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. Hearing the singing voices instantly took me back to the 1990s as it was prominently featured in the middle of the animated film. This one song is a far cry from the brilliant musical numbers featured in so many of Walt Disney’s animated films.
It has been fifteen years since I had last seen the animated cartoon ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ when it first arrived in the cinema. Before watching the new Blu-ray home release last night, all I really remembered about the animated film was something about an obnoxious robot ruining its third act. And sure enough, an over-the-top hyperactive robot voiced by Martin Short entered the picture right on cue, far too late for a new character to be introduced, especially one that ultimately proved to be fairly useless to the story.
But this time around, I looked past that unnecessary character to the grander picture of the animated film, able to enjoy it not as an instant classic, but instead this is a fun adventure through outer space and I don’t even want to admit to a direct reference to the unfortunate and totally obnoxious film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean. It may not be perfect, far from John Musker and Ron Clements best work, and perhaps not worthy of its 2002 Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film, but it is at least enjoyable romp around the cosmic universe.
With reaching its 15th anniversary milestone, ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ has been given some sprucing up for this Blu-ray UK release. The animated film itself looks terrific and sounds even better, but sadly no new bonus features are added for this release, including, taking viewers behind-the-scenes into the making of each element of the movie. But sadly they are all presented in standard definition and are recycled from previous inferior DVD releases. But Walt Disney fans shouldn’t immediately shrug off ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ especially as it was directed by two of Walt Disney’s best and while it may not hold up to the standards set by so many other timeless Walt Disney musicals, it’s an adventure that is well worth viewing, and best viewed on this new Blu-ray UK release.
Blu-ray Video Quality – Walt Disney Studios presents this Blu-ray in a totally awesome 1080p encoded image presentation. The 1.66:1 aspect ratio HD image looks downright amazing. There was the slightest bit of banding in the opening shot, but aside from that and a couple of other instances here and there, it’s an astonishing transfer. Colors are bright and bold, detail is exquisite and the entire film seems to have nearly presented us with a 3D effect, but sadly not being shown in 3D. We’ve all become so used to the computer animated films looking so good that when you go back and watch a 2D film, it’s nice to have it look nearly as good. For those that have never seen ‘TREASURE PLANET’ and it looks totally amazing.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Walt Disney Studios presents this Blu-ray in an amazing new 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix, more than does the job. Every sound seems to resonate with the utmost clarity. Dialogue is, of course, crisp and clean and even the “pirate” speak sounds great. The brilliant surround sounds are heard often, adding some terrific atmosphere to an already very active soundtrack. Like the video presentation, this audio mix is second to none and will give your speakers a good workout.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: Disney's Animation Magic: Treasure Planet  [480i] [14:16] Walt Disney Feature Animation chairman Roy Disney goes behind-the-scenes of ‘Treasure Planet’ to investigate the designs of the characters and creatures, the creation of Marquette’s, the use of storyboard, story reels and layouts, and the process the animators used to combine CGI and hand-drawn animation into a workable product. We also get contributions from Glen Keane [Supervising Animator, “John Silver”]; Kent Melton [Character Sculptures]; John Musker [Director] and Ron Clements [Director]. Directed by Jeff Kurtti. Writing Credits by Jeff Kurtti. Produced by Bernadette Bowman, Barbara Gerald, Jeff Kurtti, Scott Musgrove and Michael Pellerin.
Special Feature: Deleted Scenes  [480i] [1.33:1] [6:32] Here we have three unfinished deleted scenes which includes: “Introducing by Laurie Metcalf;” "Original Prologue: Adult Jim;" "Original Sequence Two: Jim Meets Ethan" and "Alternate Ending: Rebuilding the Benbow." We also have at one point introductions by directors John Musker and Ron Clements. As usual you can either watch them individually or Play All.
Special Feature: “I’m Still Here (Jim’s Theme)” Music Video Performed by John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls  [480i] [1.33:1] [4:12] John Rzeznik was picked to write the song for the animated film, because it was believed he could relate well with ‘Treasure Planet' main character, Jim, and his "rebel-with-a-cause angst." Referring to Jim, John Rzeznik said, "It was easy to relate to Jim, you know? I felt a lot like that when I was his age." It was a moderately successful pop hit.
Preview Trailers: Sleeping Beauty – Diamond Edition [Blu-ray] [1080p] [2.20:1] [1:07]. FROZEN [Blu-ray] [1080p] [2.35:1] [1:25]. Disney XD [1080p] [1.78:1] [00:30]. Where’s My Water [Download] [1080p] [1.85:1] [00:31]
Finally, with this 15th anniversary milestone of this 2015 remastered Blu-ray release of ‘TREASURE PLANET’ has been given little more than a sprucing up for this UK Blu-ray release. The film itself looks and sounds brilliant, but sadly no new bonus features are added for this UK Blu-ray release. But sadly there is nothing to shout home about, except taking viewers behind-the-scenes into the making of each element of the animated film. Disney fans shouldn’t immediately shrug off ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ because it was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, which is by two of Walt Disney’s best and while it may not hold up to the standards set by so many timeless musicals, it’s an adventure that is well worth seeing, and best viewed on this new 2015 Blu-ray UK release. But sadly there is no upgrade on the extras and they are only presented in standard definition and are of course have been recycled from previous inferior DVD release, but despite this, I am so pleased to add this to my ever increasing Walt Disney Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
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.