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Fifteen-year-old Jim Hawkins joins the crew of an intergalactic expedition as cabin boy aboard a glittering space galleon. Befriended by the ship’s cook, a charismatic cyborg (part man, part machine) named 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.
PROFANITY: None SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Typical cartoon type violence. Nothing graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Lots of action and excitement throughout. COMEDY: There's plenty of humor that appeals to all ages.
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Review Below Average "Quite honestly, you could nap for an hour and not
miss a thing, but when the crew finally makes it to the glowing piles of booty
at Treasure Planet's core, the film unleashes some pleasing visual fireworks.
That's where it should have started, not ended.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Treasure Planet is a perfectly pleasing animated
action/adventure movie that seems better designed and better motivated than many
of the Magic Kingdom's recent forays into hand-drawn motion pictures. ...as
family films go, this one offers an engaging and exciting 90 minutes.''
Review Above Average "My guess is that most audiences will enjoy this film
more than I did. I remain stubbornly convinced that pirate ships and ocean
storms and real whales (as opposed to space whales) are exciting enough. Even
more exciting, because they're less gimmicky.''
Review Above Average "Treasure Planet is an innovative — if only
moderately entertaining — spin on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure
Island. It doesn't have the charm of Disney's last homegrown release, Lilo
& Stitch, or the dazzling artistry of Spirited Away. But it's a
capable and diverting holiday season adventure for a family audience.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some excellent opinions, but not quite as high as I had thought they would be. There are many more opinions of "Very Good" than I expected. I thought most of the opinions would be either "Excellent" or "Fantastic." Still, I have no complaints. With most everyone rating it at least "Very Good," this is obviously a movie I can highly recommend for the entire family!
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Children and their parents will likely enjoy this visually stunning animated adventure--particularly on the large IMAX screen. With strong male and female characters, boys and girls should equally enjoy.
Fifteen-year-old Jim Hawkins, a fatherless boy growing up on the planet
Montressor, is searching for his place in the universe. A bit of a loner, he escapes his daily routine of helping his Mom run the Benbow Inn by soaring through the air on his homemade
solarsurfer. His life takes a sudden and dramatic turn when a space cruiser crashlands near the Inn. A crazed
turtle-like alien named Billy Bones emerges from the wreckage with wild talk and a warning about a fiendish cutthroat cyborg that is following him. Just as Bones expires, a band of pirates land and begin ransacking the Inn as they search frantically for the chest Bones had in his possession. The Benbow Inn is destroyed in the process.
With the help of a family friend, astrophysicist Dr. Delbert Doppler, Jim and his mother narrowly escape to Doppler's home. There they discover the chest contains a gold metallic sphere with odd engraved markings. Jim fiddles with the object and a 3D holographic image of the planets and stars fills the room. An avid reader of pirate tales since his childhood, Jim immediately identifies the luminescent
two-ringed green planet as Treasure Planet, the legendary hiding place of Captain Flint's treasure trove: the loot of a thousand worlds.
Determined to help his mother rebuild the Inn with the treasure, Jim answers the call to adventure. Doppler agrees to finance the expedition with his savings and the plan is swiftly set into motion. Shortly afterwards, Jim and Doppler arrive at the bustling crescent moon-shaped spaceport of Crescentia. Here they get their first glimpse of the impressive space galleon, the RLS Legacy, and meet the beautiful cat-like alien officer Captain Amelia. Along with her first officer, Mr. Arrow, the Captain runs a tight ship but must contend with a motley crew of assorted aliens hired by Doppler.