It’s Animation Month here at the Anxiety and I’ll reblog a few reviews done from the previous year when fewer people were reading. I’m kind of stunned that, at this point, TREASURE PLANET is the third most popular film review in the site’s history – especially since a good number of folks who come looking for it have searched for “jim hawkins haircut.”
Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:
Treasure Planet (2002) – The 43rd Walt Disney Animated Feature – Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker – Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde-Pierce, Emma Thompson, Martin Short, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Wincott, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Dane A. Davis.
I want to like TREASURE PLANET. I want to be able to applaud Disney for making a non-animal signing sci-fi flick, or hate it for utterly failing to deliver on the concept, but unfortunately TREASURE PLANET is just … so … mediocre that it’s hard to get worked up about it for good or bad.
Where PLANET fails is the story. The outline – kid gets a treasure map, goes looking for it on a ship full of disguised pirates, deals with daddy issues, gets betrayed by surrogate daddy figure, finds treasure, loses treasure, gains respect and friendship and purpose – is fine but there’s just no emotional impact to this story at all.