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Treasure Planet (2002), PG
Analysis Date: November 27, 2002
CAP Score: 81
CAP Influence Density: 0.34
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TREASURE PLANET (PG) -- ...one of the finest pieces of animated artwork....
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution: Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Ron Clements, John Musker
Producer(s): Ron Clements, Roy Conli, John Musker
Written by/Screenplay: Ron Clements, Rob Edwards, Ken Harsha, Barry Johnson , Kaan Kalyon, Mark Kennedy, Sam Levine, Donnie Long, John Musker, Frank Nissen, Terry Rossio, Robert Louis Stevenson (novel "Treasure Island")
Music: James Newton Howard
Film Editing: Michael Kelly
Production Management: Fred Weinberg
Art Direction: Andy Gaskill, Ian Gooding
Wow! The beauty of the artwork on the cover is not lost in the movie. This is one of the finest pieces of animated artwork I have ever seen. Nebular clouds and stellar bodies are fabulous and meticulously adapted to animation in an explosion of color. Ingenuity in creating creatures for the characters is bold but not offensive (except for one who communicates by flatulence). Adapted from Robert Lewis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", Treasure Planet is a sight to behold. Beware, though. There are some possibly proselytizing or at least emboldening attitudinal thorns in this beauty.
Young Jim Hawkins (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a malcontent teen spending his time in mischievous and fruitless pursuit of boredom-killing antics such as riding a rocket-powered skateboard in unauthorized territory. The devil-may-care arrogance in extreme sports is well represented not only in action but in expression as well. In addition, young Jim was quite disrespectful to his obviously caring and wise mother Sarah (voice of Laurie Metcalf).
They who are purists will likely cry foul if I remember "Treasure Island" correctly. Not only were there no space-aged contraptions in the original story, young Jim was not rebellious toward his mother (if we even met her in the original story). But I guess Disney knows what sells. And who buys it. Even the writers of the "Just Say No to Drugs" campaign know that a rebellious attitude in "advertising" perks more youthful ears than sane maturity. Maybe that is because of the conditioning of years of inundation of movies with attitude (See ATTITUDE: In Perspective): that no one will listen unless the one speaking or showing has an attitude. And, according to a movie trivia slide presentation at Loews, more than twice as many youth see movies every week than adults. Then there is God's edification for us in Prov. 22:15. But do we listen?
Discovering a holographic map of Treasure planet, Dr. Doppler (David Hyde Pierce), an acquaintance of the Hawkins family and a regular at Sarah's restaurant, convinces Sarah to let Jim go with him to bring back untold wealth. Canine Dr. Doppler funds an expedition to the legendary Treasure Planet of the dastardly pirate Flint. Flint had filled a planet with the treasures he had stolen from thousands of planets. He, or she who finds it is bound for a life of luxury and wealth.
Dr. Doppler hires feline Amelia (voice of Emma Thompsom) to pilot a ship - er - a spaceship - er - a frigate with rockets and solar sails - to ferry himself and Jim to Treasure Planet. Captain Amelia gathers as the crew "a ludicrous pack of galloping galoots." And that is the extent of the expletives in this film. Even God's name is not used in vain once, not even as a conversational snippet. Amelia is the closest thing to any sexual content in the whole movie. She appears to be drawn and animated as a sensuous being but nothing brash or bold about it.
True to the original story, Long John Silver (voice of Brian Murray) is the chief of the villains. John has one leg as in the original story. He has only one arm in this version. Both missing appendages are replaced with mechanical contraptions that do more things than a Swiss Army knife. His right arm is replaced with a Borg-looking assortment of appliances, tools and weapons. His missing right eye is replaced with a cybernetic device that serves also as a targeting device. Captain Amelia's mistrust in the crew is not without foundation. Also true to the original is Silver planning mutiny upon arrival at the treasure.
More characters that come from the original story are Ben (voice of Martin Short) but as a robot and Billy Bones (voice of Patrick McGoohan). First officer of the Captain is Hulk-looking Arrow with a personality as mighty and authoritative as the voice of him, Roscoe Lee Browne. Silver's parrot is replaced by a shape-shifting collection of bubbles called Morph (voice of Dane A. Davis) who ends up as Jim's pet.
Many of the scenes and sequences of Treasure Planet are quite violent, thus the reason for the red CAPCon Alert Light. In one of the sequences, Arrow is murdered by a particularly nasty character [Gal. 5:21], Skroopf (voice of Michael Wincott) who also lies to implicate Jim as the fault for Arrow's death [Prov. 6:19]. Indeed, there are many deaths in this version of "Treasure Island and", inherent with audio/visual communication versus text-only, each death is a little less fantasy due to audio/visual dramatization rather than text-only which requires much more experiential maturity to fathom. While you will find John Silver has a soft spot on his black heart, Skroopf takes up where Silver leaves off in black-heartedness.
That's enough of the story line and the "secrets" of this latest of Disney's animated adventure films. Note that while the violence was at times quite severe in an animated sense [Prov. 3:31-32, Rev. 21:8], matters of rebellion and arrogance [Prov. 8:13, Isa. 13:11, 1 Sam. 15:23, Prov. 15:20] were somewhat amplified or created anew from the original, there was no sexual programming at all, neither heterosexual or homosexual. There were no uses of drugs and/or alcohol noted. And not one use was noted of any manner of Satanism, occultism or witchcraft/sorcery or use of God's name in vain. The listing in the findings/Scoring section will reveal all the findings made.
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