Disney's TREASURE PLANET, I'm sorry to say, is no LILO & STITCH, not even
close. Whereas the latter film was so brightly written that it easily
delighted all ages, TREASURE PLANET is little more than a mediocre cartoon
masquerading as a motion picture. It doesn't contain a single memorable
line and has only one memorable character, a charming chameleon of a blob
A traditionally animated film, TREASURE PLANET's flat and uninspired
appearance isn't much better than its lame script. Overall, it's a slapdash
production that should have gone direct to video. Our kids deserve better
from Disney, and LILO & STITCH proved that the studio has the old magic in
its arsenal if it will just use it.
The futuristic story, very loosely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's
"Treasure Island," concerns Jim Hawkins (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an
older teen who keeps messing up. Jim goes off to locate Treasure Planet,
where enormous wealth has been hidden.
Emma Thompson is wasted as the voice of Captain Amelia, a stupid looking
character who skippers the boat that takes Jim to Treasure Planet. The ship
is crewed by a rag-tag lot of weirdoes who have their own agenda.
The agenda for parents stuck taking their kids to a snoozer like TREASURE
PLANET will probably be to catch up on their sleep. Rest assured parents;
you can feel free to nod off during any part of the movie without missing
TREASURE PLANET runs 1:35. It is rated PG for "adventure action and peril"
and would be acceptable for kids of all ages.
My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it ***, commenting positively on the music and
the plot. His cousins Liana, age 6, and William, age 8, both liked it.
Liana's favorite part was when the boy headed home, and her favorite
character, surprisingly, was the mother, who had a very minor part. William
liked the boy and his adventures best.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes