Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet

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Director: Ron Clements, John Musker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray

Cast: Ron Clements, John Musker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray

     
 

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The days of two-disc special editions for animated Disney titles may be a thing of the past (other than their most celebrated titles), but Treasure Planet goes to show that quality still isn't forgotten. Though maybe not supplement heavy, this DVD does offer a number of nice features. First is the "visual commentary" section, which is comprised of an audio

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The days of two-disc special editions for animated Disney titles may be a thing of the past (other than their most celebrated titles), but Treasure Planet goes to show that quality still isn't forgotten. Though maybe not supplement heavy, this DVD does offer a number of nice features. First is the "visual commentary" section, which is comprised of an audio commentary by producer Roy Conli, directors Ron Clements and John Musker, animators Glen Keane and John Ripa, and associate art director Ian Gooding, and a visual commentary, which consists of brief making-of segments, interspersed throughout the film. It's a unique way to do this, with the only flaw being the inability to listen to the audio part exclusively. Though much is repeated from the visual commentary, a behind-the scenes section still covers plenty about the film, from character designs to posters to visual effects. Also included here is a trailer for the original Treasure Island and a music video of "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)" by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, among other things. Another section, "Intergalactic Space Adventures," offers a brief look at the animation, hosted by Roy Disney, a tour of the Legacy spaceship, and a kid-oriented look at pirates. Finally, along with three deleted scenes shown as works in progress, are some previews for other Disney titles. As for the picture, it's nothing short of impeccable. As has become expected from this organization, there isn't a flaw to be found. The 1.66:1 anamorphic image has beautiful, warm color and perfect detail throughout. Fast-moving action never breaks down, helping to create a very realist look for much of the animation. While the image stands out, the sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, is a slight letdown. Dialogue is clear as are sound effects, but it's a shame that the surrounds really aren't used to their full potential. Fortunately, the mix itself seems right on target, and there aren't any distracting elements that would harm this presentation. Granted, this film is not the cream of the Disney crop, but it may not have been given a real chance in theaters, something that this DVD will no doubt help rectify.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One of Disney's most ambitious animated undertakings (reportedly 17 years in development), this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure was buried at the box office but is definitely worth discovering on home video. The basic story has captivated generations, fueling live-action versions by Victor Fleming in 1934 and Walt Disney in 1950, and even a puppet-action version in 1996 (Muppet Treasure Island), among others. In an attempt to avoid the box-office poison inherent in the words "pirate movie," Disney gave Stevenson's tale a futuristic spin, setting an alienated young man, Jim Hawkins, on a space-age collision course with aliens. It begins when Jim comes into possession of a virtual treasure map to the fabled Treasure Planet, said to hold "the loot of a thousand worlds." The film's Long John Silver is a cyborg (voiced by stage veteran Brian Murray), and he's at once nemesis and mentor to Jim -- with an artificial Cuisinart arm, to boot (he's also cook aboard the spaceship Legacy). David Hyde Pierce gives voice to family friend Dr. Doppler, a fussy, doglike creature, and Emma Thompson voices Legacy's formidable feline commander, Captain Amelia. Martin Short's marooned robot, B.E.N., is no match for Robin Williams's Genie, but he still generates most of the film's laughs. The animation, which seamlessly combines traditional hand-drawn characters and computer-generated backgrounds, is out-of-this-world. An opening solar board sequence is a universe beyond the tree-surfing shots in Tarzan. The DVD edition contains considerable plunder for animation buffs, including illuminating "visual commentary" by directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid and Aladdin), and several segments that chart the film's evolution.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
UPC:
0786936200027
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
10,646

Special Features

Closed Caption; Visual commentary: The producers & directors reveal the making-of process with additional footage as you watch the film; Delted scenes: Alternate ending and original prologue; Disney's Animation Magic: Go behind the scenes with Walt Disney Feature Animation Chairman Roy Disney; DisneyPedia: The Life of a Pirate Revealed; RLS Legacy - An Exploration Adventure Game: Take a virtual 3-D tour of the ship and be challenged to the ultimate treasure hunt; Music video performed by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls; Digital-to-digital transfer; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; French and Spanish-language tracks; Widescreen (1.66:1), enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions; THX-certified

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Jim Hawkins
Brian Murray Long John Silver
David Hyde Pierce Doctor Doppler
Emma Thompson Captain Amelia
Michael Wincott Scroop
Martin Short B.E.N.
Laurie Metcalf Sarah
Patrick McGoohan Billy Bones
Dane A. Davis Morph
Roscoe Lee Browne Mr. Arrow
Corey Burton Onus
Austin Majors Young Jim
Michael McShane Hands
Tony Jay Narrator

Technical Credits
Ron Clements Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Musker Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Roy Conli Producer
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Rob Edwards Screenwriter
Andy Gaskill Art Director
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Michael Kelly Editor
Johnny Rzeznik Songwriter
Peter Del Vecho Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/A Young Boy's Dream
2. The Warning
3. Jim's Quest
4. The R.L.S. Legacy
5. John Silver
6. Setting Sail
7. A Mutiny in the Making
8. "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)"
9. A Star Gone Supernova
10. Getting In Too Deep
11. Jim Hears the Truth
12. Protecting the Map
13. B.E.N.
14. Bargaining for the Map
15. Sneaking Back on Ship
16. The Discovery
17. The Treasure
18. The Escape
19. Silver and Jim Say Goodbye
20. Going Home/End Credits

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Treasure Planet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had great relationships between the characters, and was different enough from the book Treasure Island (but still followed the plot really closely, details aside) that anytime the film changed something, it worked well. Once people learn to just deal with the idea of ships being used for space travel (it is not meant to be scientifically accurate) and enjoy their beauty, it just seems to work so nicely. There is one immature scene with a character called a flatula (if you've seen the movie, you'll know what I'm talking about) that reflects badly on the rest of the movie, but overall, this is one of my favorite animated movies ever, right alongside Tangled, Flushed Away and the Aristocats. I've watched it over and over. I enjoy that it is a little different from most disney films, and it seems such a shame it failed as a money-maker for disney, because this is a really fun movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented ''Treasure Planet'' only a couple days ago but I already think that it is the best animated Disney movie ever made.It's got just about everything in it:adventure,action, comedy,and even an unusual romance between feline Capt. Amelia and canine Dr. Doppler.My favorite character was Jim Hawkins because he was different from most Disney heroes.He's not nerdy,perfect,or shy.Jim's troubled, risky,and rebellious(but with a heart).I found that interesting and cool.Jim' solar surfing is pretty cool,too!The movie itself was very emotional.For example,at parts like when Jim thought he killed Mr. Arrow and when he found out Silver betrayed him,I almost cryed.Some other things that I liked about ''Treasure Planet'' was the animation and music.All together ''Treasure Planet'' is an exciting,funny,scary,and moving Disney movie. It's the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I saw the previews of this movie in the 6th grade, I have loved it. When I watched it in the theatres I loved every second! And when I got the movie I watched it every single day until I graduated Elementary school. And now that it has been 3 years since it came to theatres it has been my all time favorite movie. This movie really is underappreciated. It's a beautiful piece of artwork and should be terrished. I know that it takes a futuristic twist to the classic Treasure Island but I beleive that it makes it more interresting. I mean when you see that scene when Jim is on his solar surfer you just feel for jim or the part where silver encourages Jim, you believe every word for yourself! You can take my word for it or not but this movie has beautiful animation, beautiful music and is just a beautiful work of art! It's up their with all of the disney classics.
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JaneCollege More than 1 year ago
As a teenager, I can totally connect to Jim, because he's a normal guy who has issues with his mom and self-confidence, but he's still really likeable because he's a good guy and smart and brave. My favorite character was Captain Amelia, though. It was great to see a sassy, strong female character in a leadership role in a disney movie, especially since in animated movies, kids learn that girls should be pretty, thin and weak and need to be saved by the guys. I also thought silver was pretty cool, too. You should watch this movie. It's cool and funny.
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almost every aspect of this great animated film is amazing. the music, the cast, the way the plot is presented, everything. as a lover of the original treasure island and all of robert louis stevenson's book, disney did a great job of portraying the plot in a new and interesting way without ruining the story. without a doubt, it is my favorite disney movie. i wish more people knew about this masterpiece. it is really worth seeing, again and again. congrats to disney for this stellar piece of work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a heart-warming movie in the spirit of Rober Louis Stevenson's immortal classic treasure island. It retains many of hte themes in book and even magnifies a few that Stevenson touched only lightly upon. However, it is a childrens movie, in that the bad guys aren't really that bad (i.e. Silver is a much gentler pirate than in the book) and it introduces the interesting element of a troubled Jim Hawkins. Overall this is a terrific movie with great animation.
Idofabric More than 1 year ago
This has been on of our family favorites for years, and when one of the older kids moved they "borrowed" it. When the youngest on came back from college and wanted to show some his theater kids this we had to go and find it again. The story is close to the orginal, but has some great turns and a few twists, but stays true to the classic. This version is set in the future in a time when there the pirates are space travelers going from planet to planet, instead of from island to island. I have been told that the movie is in the "steamtramp" style, which is one of the reasons the college/teen kids are so interested in watching it. The costumes, setting, and style is fun, and a nice blend of orginal and traditional. The sound track is enjoyable, but a little light.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Disney's attempts to trump up interest for the raft of the 2D cartoon, Treasure Planet boasts awesome production values, great characters and plot. In hindsight, it should have had more of the delightful wickedness Jerry Bruckheimer imbued the Pirates of the Caribeean movies, but this is a great movie notwithstanding. Also noteworthy that they experimteed mixing 3D effects on some of the high impact action scenes, which some people will say they copied from Princess Mononoke, but Disney actually started the trend itself way back in Aladdin. Anyway, not brilliant but great coming-of-age story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story lacked the magic of many of the past disney films and seemed to try to integrate too much popular music that did not seem to go with the film. In many of the segments I felt as though I was watching a poorly planned out music video. Where is the ''magic'' disney?