51 in 2011

“Treasure Planet”

Treasure Planet

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“Treasure Planet” (2002), Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 43rd animated motion picture. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island set in space. The story is basically the same but with a few variations. Jim and his mother are the only humans in the film; all other characters are some animal/alien/robot hybrid. Long John Silver is a cyborg. The sailing spaceship’s crew look like they came from the Mos Eisley Cantina in “Star Wars: Episode IV.” The treasure map is a sphere that turns into a giant holographic projection. And the buried treasure is on, well, a planet. While not a terrible film, this sci-fi action film isn’t a great one either. As with most Disney films of this era, the visuals are top notch and the story is problematic. The film has a compelling beginning, a dreadful middle and, thankfully, a satisfying conclusion. The excellent vocal talent, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, David Hyde Pierce, and Martin Short, do their best with what they’re given. Original songs are by John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls fame. “Beware the cyborg.”



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