The MPAA rated Treasure Planet (2002) PG for adventure action
With nearly 50 film versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's
Treasure Island already made, you would have to go out of
this world to come up with a new version - and Disney did.
As the unmanageable son of a struggling spaceport innkeeper,
Jim Hawkins (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) would rather go boarding
than sweep floors or clear tables. One stormy night after
the police bring the errant teenager home, a strange character
bangs at the door of the humble establishment. Before dying
on their floor, the aged and injured pirate gives Jim a mysterious
golden ball and a stern warning to watch out for cyborgs.
Within minutes, the tavern is under attack and the boy and
his mother only narrowly escape the fire that engulfs the
building. At the home of a friend, Dr. Doppler (David Hyde
Pierce), Jim discovers that the sphere contains a map leading
to Captain Flint's hidden treasure on a far off globe.
Hiring the services of Captain Amelia (Emma Thompson) and
her first mate Arrow (Roscoe Lee Browne), Jim and the doctor
set out to recover the buried riches. Aboard the ship, the
young adventurer is assigned to work with the ship's cyborg
cook, Long John Silver (Brian Murray), a chef who serves floating
eyeballs in his soup. In time, the two mates develop a type
of father-son friendship that betters both men but leaves
Jim unsuspecting of the pirate's plans.
Creatively melding antiquated, seafaring ships with a futuristic
setting, this interplanetary coming-of-age adventure depicts
the moral dilemmas faced by Jim and Long John when they surface
on opposite sides of a mutiny. As well, the cook's helper
must face the disillusionment of being betrayed by someone
he considers a friend.
Besides a crewmember that communicates in flatulent-type
noises, the only rough waters in this voyage are recurring
battle scenes, moments of peril and a teenager who appears
to grow in wisdom even though he faces limited consequences
for his actions.
Opening in IMAX in larger cities, Treasure Planet looks even
better on the bigger screen and is a unique twist on Stevenson's
old classic which should appeal to space sailors of all ages
and give parents little reason to pull up anchor.