Treasure Planet (2002)

Treasure Planet (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Though its characterizations are weaker than usual, Treasure Planet offers a fast-paced, beautifully rendered vision of outer space.

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Fifteen-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map to the greatest pirate trove in the universe. The tale follows Jim's fantastic journey across a parallel universe as cabin boy aboard a glittering space galleon. Befriended by the ship's charismatic cyborg (part man, part machine) cook John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance, and shows the makings of a fine spacer as he and the alien crew battle supernovas, black holes and ferocious space storms. But even greater dangers lie ahead when Jim discovers that his trusted friend Sliver is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny in mind. Confronted with a betrayal that cuts deep into his soul, Jim is transformed from boy to man as he finds the strength to face down the mutineers and discovers a "treasure" greater than he had ever imagined.
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PG (for adventure action and peril)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as Jim Hawkins
Brian Murray
as John Silver
Emma Thompson
as Capt. Amelia
David Hyde Pierce
as Doctor Doppler
Martin Short
as B.E.N.
Patrick McGoohan
as Billy Bones
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Mr. Arrow
Austin Majors
as Young Jim
Tony Jay
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Treasure Planet

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (36)

It's laced with literate humor, and the directors cite N.C. Wyeth's illustrations for the 1911 Scribner's edition of Treasure Island as the inspiration for their marvelously detailed fantasy world.

Full Review… | September 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While Pixar can do no wrong with its cutting edge CGI originals, Disney is falling back on old formulas

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

May 28, 2003
Newsday
Top Critic

I think kids will find it really entertaining, and parents will find it amusing enough.

December 2, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There's enough meaty plot and character left beneath the fancy effects to make watching the film a satisfying experience.

Full Review… | November 29, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It just may inspire a few younger moviegoers to read Stevenson's book, which is a treasure in and of itself.

November 29, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Audience Reviews for Treasure Planet

If yer going to reboot a thing then this is how you do it: inject the old with so many new ideas as to make it nearly unrecognisable, yet with enough of the old as to reassure true believers. A well done update is the result here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Disney's track record of animated classics is much more on the impressive side than not. "Treasure Planet" however, teeters on the middle ground. After having a rough childhood, Jim has visit from one of the characters of his dreams, taking him on an adventure to "Treasure Planet" on a ship through space. Meeting many friends and enemies along the way, this is a very fun family adventure film. The main downfall is that is all this film strives to be. The way it began I was hoping for some deeper moments in with the characters when they were interacting with each other, but by the end of the film it felt as though the characters had come and gone just like a real dream. I am not sure if that was the intention, but it was my biggest fault with the the film. Overall, "Treasure Planet" is well-written for a kids film, the voice acting is well-cast, and the story is something that hit home while watching, but the fact that the film does;t deliver more of what the title suggests, is a bit of a letdown. I really enjoyed watching "Treasure Planet" for what it was. I believe I will enjoy it even more the second time after knowing what to expect.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Avast ye scurvy space lubbers!. I just recently watched this on Bluray (1080p), holy shit it looks good! and bare in mind this film is twelve years old now. I recall when this was released and boy was it destroyed by the critics, really panned, but I can't understand why, this is only the second time I've seen this since the cinema and I loved it. The idea of sticking this classic 18th Century set adventure into the sci-fi realm is actually a sweet one, I'm surprised it has not happened before. The whole concept really does fit the space adventurer aspect nicely but of course there are some bits n pieces that don't add up. Like why on earth would all spacecraft in the far distant unknown future be built around centuries old galleon designs by humankind? and are those ships actually made of wood??!!. Why would these ships require sails? and how come no one (mainly humans) dies from exposure to deep space? there isn't anything to protect anyone accept a gravity force field. Kinda odd seeing a young 'Hawkins' high up on the ships rope ladders with the space winds blowing through his hair. Are all buildings in this future made of wood?! can there be that much wood left? why are various alien species wearing centuries old human attire? all aliens speak the human language of English? are they actually using rope on these ships!!? ROPE! and there doesn't appear to be many humans left now I think of it...just Hawkins and his mum or so it seems. I could go on but at some point you gotta let it go, its Treasure Island in space with aliens and robots, its just suppose to be visual fun and it is by gum!. Silly absurd nonsensical plot issues aside the whole aged steampunk/historic aesthetic look is really pleasing to the eye. Some of the space sequences really do look gorgeous, a cosmic ballet indeed. Of course the film is dated which means dated CGI is evident throughout, some obvious and some not so. Its nothing too horrendous and is tolerable. Some of the best looking CGI is easily the crescent moon shaped spaceport which borders suspiciously on Mos Eisley. Where as some of the worst CGI would be the huge whale-like space creatures and the rather over the top finale on treasure planet. The characters are a fair bunch and fairly enjoyable to watch. Old 'Long John' has been crafted into a half alien half Terminator style cyborg which is curious. Sounds stupid but it actually plays out OK and looks pretty good. Jim is your standard rebellious scruff of a boy who also strangely looks familiar to 'John Connor' from 'T2', I think there is some definite influence there. The rest of the crew are satisfactory but nothing amazing, obligatory insectoid type guy, 'Star Wars Cantina' type alien, floating blob, Cat-like female, one eyed alien etc...bog standard alien designs really, possible homages I guess. I must confess to not liking Martin Short's characterisation of robot B.E.N. with his insanely loud grating voice. The way this character is portrayed as a robot gone mad is just annoying and kinda old. The kind of role you'd give to Robin Williams and his annoying crazy loudness. The only voice I did like was Murray's Irish take on Long John which does give that nice olde worlde touch, you get a good sense of the character with this, a good sense of history. There are tonnes of problems with this film that just don't add up at all, the idea of a space set pirate film works but also doesn't. I do think they just abandoned a lot of sense simply because its an animated Disney movie for kids and it simply wouldn't matter. True it doesn't matter, it is just an enjoyable fantasy romp for kids, but at the same time it would have been nice to address some of the silliness. After all everyone of all ages will watch it and while it does look awesome with some lovely creativity and imagination, the silliness sticks out like a giraffe at a polar bears only club.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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