November 27, 2002
STARRING THE VOICES OF:
Roscoe Lee Browne, Joseph
Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, Mona Marshall, Brian Murray,
Martin Short, and Emma Thompson
Ron Clements and John Musker
Ken Harsha, Barry Johnson and Kaan Kalyon
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY:
Robert Louis Stevenson
Buena Vista Distribution/Walt Disney
Pictures/Walt Disney Company
Animated Science Fiction
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- Treasure Planet gives a modern, animated spin to Robert Louis
Stevensons famous and ageless story. Fifteen-year-old Jim Hawkins (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt) is an expert at maneuvering around his Star Wars-type
futuristic town on his rocket-powered skateboard, but his adventures often
get him in trouble with the robot police. His single mother, who runs a restaurant,
is at her wits end, and Jims father is a distant and painful memory of abandonment.
Jim hears a noise one night and sees that a spaceship has crashed onto their
property, whose captain seems to be dying. The captain gives Jim a golden
ball with some markings on it and tells him to guard itand especially to
be aware of the cyborg. With the help of the bumbling professor, Dr. Doppler
(David Hyde Pierce), Jim figures out that the ball is a 3-D map of the galaxy,
showing a hidden planet filled with treasure.
Against his mothers wishes, Jim and Dr. Doppler hire a crew and take a spaceship
(a glittering space galleon) away on a great, intergalactic expedition. On
the ship, however, Jim is startled to see that he has been placed as the apprentice
to a cyborg named John Silver. The cyborg, part man and part machine, denies
knowing anything or having any interest in Treasure Planet.
As time passes, Jim overcomes his suspicions and becomes friends with John
Silver. Though he is rough and kind of scary with his "Edward Scissorhands"
appendages, Silver encourages Jim that he has the makings of a fine "spacer"
as he and the alien crew battle supernovas, black holes and violent space
storms. Silver tells Jim, "Youve got the makings of greatness. Some
day youll take the helm, and when you do, I hope Im there to catch some
of the light coming off your sails."
Jims encouragement is short-lived, however, when he finds out that this
trusted surrogate father is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny in mind.
Confronted with intense pain and betrayal, Jim must quickly grow up in this
rough, life-or-death sea of choices. Will he find the inner strength to face
down the mutineers, or will he take an offer of riches with compromise? Will
he be able to locate Treasure Planet and get his ship safely there and back
to his mother, as promised? Will his heart ever be healed? Can his betrayers
ever change? Who will finally end up with the treasure, if anyone?
Treasure Island is the fifth film that Musker and Clements have written,
directed and produced. Others include such classics as The Little Mermaid
and Aladdin. The movie includes hand-drawn animation and incredible
3D "virtual sets," and it is being released in both 35mm and large
format (IMAX) settings.
The characters in this movie are fun, especially the cyborg and a robot they
find on Treasure Planet named B.E.N. "Bio Electronic Navigator,"
with the voice talent of the hilarious Martin Short.
The story is well written, presenting a beautiful mix of adventure, science
fiction mystery, humor, and heart. Many good, biblical lessons are played
out, such as the ugliness of personal greed, the woundedness of children with
poor or absent fathers, the resulting rebelliousness in abandoned children,
the ability of older men to draw younger men into life through encouragement
and example, the seriousness of betrayal and false accusation, and the triumph
of unified, team-effort accomplishment.
Except for the intensity of some of the space monsters, which might scare
very young children, this movie should be a fun holiday hit with families
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Walt Disney Pictures
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
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