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on 19 May 2000
Disney was just beginning to get into the swing of live-action films with Treasure Island in 1950. He was also starting to use a mix of British and American actors.
He had already hired Bobby Driscoll for Song in the South in 1946, and he now gave the 13-year-old the role of Jim Hawkins (Driscoll also supplied the voice of Peter Pan in 1955). Robert Newton is highly memorable as a totally over-the-top Long John Silver.
The film is notable for several things - an over-reliance on studio sets in typical 40s/50s style, and some bizarre characters around, not least the famous Ben Gunn. Watch out for Patrick Troughton (the second Dr Who) as one of the pirates.
It's quite strong for little children, and it is or more interest to the Disney collector, who will be disappointed that it is in normal 4:3 ratio, although the print is sharp and clean. There are some extra minutes of footage at the beginning, as this is the original uncut theatrical version.
The final few minutes of the film are wonderfully orchestrated, with stirring music, and a tug on the heart-strings as Jim Hawkins comes to terms with the fact that his hero Long John is doing the dirty on them yet again!
There is some quality acting going in; the film has a highly theatrical flavour, big on costume on sets, and highly colourful all round.
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