Even Disney occasionally makes a bad animated movie, but “Treasure Planet” isn’t one of them.
This 2002 blend of hand-drawn animation and CGI was a dazzling science fiction version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, “Treasure Island.” Alas, not too many people thought so – it was savaged by critics and combed at the box office.
The bones of Stevenson’s novel are there, but with a sci-fi twist smattered with zany cartoon sidekicks and villains. Jim Hawkins is a teen rapscallion who longs to escape the drudgery of working in his mother’s inn, when a dying pirate gives him a star map to an entire planet filled with riches. Chased by marauders, they commission a ship to find the treasure. But John Silver, posing as a humble ship’s cook, is planning mutiny. Little did the old swashbuckler know he’d take such a shine to young Jim.
I’m glad to see the House That Walt Built is giving “Treasure Planet” a nice present with a special 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release. Hopefully a few of the many folks who missed this gem a decade ago will pick it up and discover a little bit of lost treasure.