Review of 'Treasure Planet'

treasure_planet.jpg Treasure Planet is a remake of Treasure Island set in space. Hum, need to know more? Well, it is a Disney film so expect the characters to be typical Disney-fare…A cute side-kick, a bumbling financier, a pretty captain, ok, perhaps not the same roles you would expect but certain the same characters.

Jim Hawkins is a young man who yearns for adventure living with his mother in a bar. When a crashing spacecraft and dying pirate leaves him in possession of a treasure map – to a treasure planet (go figure) – which he is determined to go after. A wealthy local financier takes an interest in the treasure as well so hires a ship to take them to the planet. Along the way Jim is befriended by the ship's chef (John Silver, if you did not know it by this point) who is secretly planning a mutiny. As they approach the planet the crew mutiny with Jim, the financier and the attractive captain escape to search for the treasure themselves…pursued by the pirates.

The marriage of 2-D and computer generated 3-D animation is not as seamless as you might expect but some of the scenes are quite impressive. It is a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously.

Rating: “A bit better than average”

Review Date: 2009-08-09

Directed by: Ron Clements

Studio: Walt Disney Feature Animation

Year: 2002

Length: 95 minutes

Genre: Animation

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