on April 13, 2016
I was skeptical, too, at first. I thought the trailer looked horrid, and it was. It showed nothing of the actual depth and heart of this movie, choosing instead to market itself as strictly a "boys" movie--a "kewl," empty, CGI-chocked, video game. And that's a shame because nothing could be further from the truth. It's a real film with a genuine story.
I'm glad my family and I took a chance and bought this. The design-work is original and beautiful, the story is a classic coming of age, and the acting is top-notch. The relationships between the characters is outstanding. David Hyde Pierce is hilarious as Delbert Doppler, and the chemistry he has with Emma Thompson as Captain Amelia is superb. Brian Murray should have won a Best Actor Oscar for his deep and nuanced performance as John Silver. His relationship with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Jim Hawkins is truly heartfelt and amazing. That this film failed at the box office is a tragedy; that it lost its Best Animated Picture nomination to the overrated and nonsensical "Spirited Away" is a travesty.
The one weak link in the movie is the character of B.E.N., but the robot with a screw loose is meant to be loud, annoying, and irritating. After all, he's the equivalent of crazy Ben from the book this movie is adapted from, so what can you do? Martin Short does the best he can with a character cast from the same mold as Jar Jar Binks and by the end of the film he actually ends up being likeable. Just barely.
So ignore the naysayers and their unreasonable reasons for not liking this film. Yes, Treasure Planet is a sci-fi adaptation of Treasure Island. So what? That's an innovative idea. I wish someone would make a futuristic version of Sherlock Holmes; they already made a modernized one to great success. (And don't even get me started about how much I love Rocket Robin Hood!) Treasure Planet changed the trappings but the story remains faithful to the book, which is more than most other novel adaptations can say. And that the film utilized a lot of CGI doesn't hold up as a complaint. Treasure Planet was made during the transition period from hand-drawn animation to computer-created and does a fantastic job of it. I can't recommend this film enough!
Top 3 Classic Disney: Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Sword in the Stone
Top 3 Renaissance Disney: Treasure Planet, Mulan, The Rescuers Down Under
Top 3 Modern/CG Disney: Tangled, Bolt, Big Hero 6
TREASURE PLANET [2002 / 2015] [15th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Disney’s 42nd Animated Classic! A Magical Inventive Utterly Delightful Movie!
From the directors of Disney’s ‘ALADDIN’ and ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ comes a fantastic story of courage, friendship and self-discovery. Now, for the first time on Blu-ray, share this 2002 Academy Award® nominated classic for Best Animated Feature Film with your family as you travel across the universe to discover an exciting world full of fun.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” gets a futuristic twist in this amazing tale of a brave young man’s thrilling journey to new frontier aboard a flying ship. Narrated by Tony Jay and Kambiz Shabankare.
Voice Cast: Roscoe Lee Browne, Corey Burton, Dane A. Davis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tony Jay, Austin Majors, Patrick McGoohan, Michael McShane, Laurie Metcalf, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Emma Thompson, Michael Wincott, Jack Angel, Bob Bergen, Rodger Bumpass, Jane Carr, John Cygan, Jennifer Darling, Paul Eiding, Sherry Lynn, Mona Marshall, Mickie McGowan, Patrick Pinney, Phil Proctor, Jeremy Suarez, Jim Ward and Kambiz Shabankare (uncredited)
Directors: John Musker and Ron Clements
Producers: John Musker, Peter Del Vecho, Ron Clements and Roy Conli
Screenplay: John Musker, Rob Edwards, Ron Clements and Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Composer: James Newton Howard
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French: 5.1 DTS-HD High Resolution, German: 5.1 DTS-HD High Resolution, Spanish [Castilian]: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Dutch: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish [Catalan]: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Flemish: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Dutch
Running Time: 91 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: When watching the Walt Disney animated film ‘TREASURE PLANET’ today, it’s hard to believe the animated cartoon has just reached its 15th anniversary and not because it feels new, but rather quite the opposite. While ‘THREASURE PLANET’ is enjoyable to watch, it plays like a product of the 1990s. With dated computer graphics, artistic style, and soundtrack, the film’s release to Blu-ray entertains but reminds audiences why it never became another Walt Disney classic, but despite this, I really enjoyed its adventurous attitude.
‘TREASURE PLANET’ is based loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel “Treasure Island,” and spun into a sci-fi world of the future with space pirates, aliens, laser guns, and automatons. With legendary Disney directors John Musker and Ron Clements at the helm, this film appeared to be a way for them to take animation beyond the worlds of ‘ALADDIN and ‘THE LITTLE MERMAID,’ and be appealing more to a male audience.
But while the adventure of the film is often exciting, there is little character connection. Though the motivations behind most of the characters’ actions is simple seeking a long-lost treasure and only a handful have enough development for audiences to care about them. But the animated film often makes up for its relatively simple story with a unique visual style, a seamless blend of traditional hand-drawn and computer-generated animation, even if the CGI appears to be of an era further back than its fifteen year age appearance.
Also slightly dating the animated film’s tremendous song “I’m Still Here,” supplied by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. Hearing the singing voices instantly took me back to the 1990s as it was prominently featured in the middle of the animated film. This one song is a far cry from the brilliant musical numbers featured in so many of Walt Disney’s animated films.
It has been fifteen years since I had last seen the animated cartoon ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ when it first arrived in the cinema. Before watching the new Blu-ray home release last night, all I really remembered about the animated film was something about an obnoxious robot ruining its third act. And sure enough, an over-the-top hyperactive robot voiced by Martin Short entered the picture right on cue, far too late for a new character to be introduced, especially one that ultimately proved to be fairly useless to the story.
But this time around, I looked past that unnecessary character to the grander picture of the animated film, able to enjoy it not as an instant classic, but instead this is a fun adventure through outer space and I don’t even want to admit to a direct reference to the unfortunate and totally obnoxious film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean. It may not be perfect, far from John Musker and Ron Clements best work, and perhaps not worthy of its 2002 Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film, but it is at least enjoyable romp around the cosmic universe.
With reaching its 15th anniversary milestone, ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ has been given some sprucing up for this Blu-ray UK release. The animated film itself looks terrific and sounds even better, but sadly no new bonus features are added for this release, including, taking viewers behind-the-scenes into the making of each element of the movie. But sadly they are all presented in standard definition and are recycled from previous inferior DVD releases. But Walt Disney fans shouldn’t immediately shrug off ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ especially as it was directed by two of Walt Disney’s best and while it may not hold up to the standards set by so many other timeless Walt Disney musicals, it’s an adventure that is well worth viewing, and best viewed on this new Blu-ray UK release.
Blu-ray Video Quality – Walt Disney Studios presents this Blu-ray in a totally awesome 1080p encoded image presentation. The 1.66:1 aspect ratio HD image looks downright amazing. There was the slightest bit of banding in the opening shot, but aside from that and a couple of other instances here and there, it’s an astonishing transfer. Colors are bright and bold, detail is exquisite and the entire film seems to have nearly presented us with a 3D effect, but sadly not being shown in 3D. We’ve all become so used to the computer animated films looking so good that when you go back and watch a 2D film, it’s nice to have it look nearly as good. For those that have never seen ‘TREASURE PLANET’ and it looks totally amazing.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Walt Disney Studios presents this Blu-ray in an amazing new 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix, more than does the job. Every sound seems to resonate with the utmost clarity. Dialogue is, of course, crisp and clean and even the “pirate” speak sounds great. The brilliant surround sounds are heard often, adding some terrific atmosphere to an already very active soundtrack. Like the video presentation, this audio mix is second to none and will give your speakers a good workout.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: Disney's Animation Magic: Treasure Planet  [480i] [14:16] Walt Disney Feature Animation chairman Roy Disney goes behind-the-scenes of ‘Treasure Planet’ to investigate the designs of the characters and creatures, the creation of Marquette’s, the use of storyboard, story reels and layouts, and the process the animators used to combine CGI and hand-drawn animation into a workable product. We also get contributions from Glen Keane [Supervising Animator, “John Silver”]; Kent Melton [Character Sculptures]; John Musker [Director] and Ron Clements [Director]. Directed by Jeff Kurtti. Writing Credits by Jeff Kurtti. Produced by Bernadette Bowman, Barbara Gerald, Jeff Kurtti, Scott Musgrove and Michael Pellerin.
Special Feature: Deleted Scenes  [480i] [1.33:1] [6:32] Here we have three unfinished deleted scenes which includes: “Introducing by Laurie Metcalf;” "Original Prologue: Adult Jim;" "Original Sequence Two: Jim Meets Ethan" and "Alternate Ending: Rebuilding the Benbow." We also have at one point introductions by directors John Musker and Ron Clements. As usual you can either watch them individually or Play All.
Special Feature: “I’m Still Here (Jim’s Theme)” Music Video Performed by John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls  [480i] [1.33:1] [4:12] John Rzeznik was picked to write the song for the animated film, because it was believed he could relate well with ‘Treasure Planet' main character, Jim, and his "rebel-with-a-cause angst." Referring to Jim, John Rzeznik said, "It was easy to relate to Jim, you know? I felt a lot like that when I was his age." It was a moderately successful pop hit.
Preview Trailers: Sleeping Beauty – Diamond Edition [Blu-ray] [1080p] [2.20:1] [1:07]. FROZEN [Blu-ray] [1080p] [2.35:1] [1:25]. Disney XD [1080p] [1.78:1] [00:30]. Where’s My Water [Download] [1080p] [1.85:1] [00:31]
Finally, with this 15th anniversary milestone of this 2015 remastered Blu-ray release of ‘TREASURE PLANET’ has been given little more than a sprucing up for this UK Blu-ray release. The film itself looks and sounds brilliant, but sadly no new bonus features are added for this UK Blu-ray release. But sadly there is nothing to shout home about, except taking viewers behind-the-scenes into the making of each element of the animated film. Disney fans shouldn’t immediately shrug off ‘TREASURE PLANET,’ because it was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, which is by two of Walt Disney’s best and while it may not hold up to the standards set by so many timeless musicals, it’s an adventure that is well worth seeing, and best viewed on this new 2015 Blu-ray UK release. But sadly there is no upgrade on the extras and they are only presented in standard definition and are of course have been recycled from previous inferior DVD release, but despite this, I am so pleased to add this to my ever increasing Walt Disney Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom