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Treasure Planet (10th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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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 Academy Award(R)-nominated classic (Best Animated Feature Film, 2002) 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 frontiers aboard a flying ship. The greatest adventure of all time is now even better on Blu-ray. TREASURE PLANET 10th Anniversary Edition is a new experience for a new generation!
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That's a shame actually since Treasure Planet is a great movie. It's not up there with the Disney classics or can be called a masterpiece but has enough power to be given a chance and this BD is the perfect opportunity to revisit or check this underrated treasure for the first time.
Treasure Planet adapts the Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island" and converts the high sea adventure into an epic space adventure. The story follows Jim Hawkins, a 15 year old who lives with his mother and can't stay out of trouble. His father abandoned him when he was younger and this has affected Jim throughout his short life. His mother can't seem to understand him and Jim doesn't know where his place is. One day, an opportunity is given to Jim to finally prove himself and go in a quest that will change his life: the search of the mysterious Treasure Planet where an incalculable treasure is buried. Action, drama and adventure ensures in this epic journey.
Treasure Planet does a lot things right. It's fast paced, its animation is breathtaking, the score is magnificent and the central characters are well developed. The filmmakers capture teen angst in a perfect and poignant way. The relationship between Jim and Silver is handled very well and is a much more complicated relationship than your typical animated film. All this makes the story engaging and interesting for everyone.
Unfortunately, there are other things that Treasure Planet do not handle very well and the main problem are the supporting characters. They are not very well developed and the movie suffers as a result. The ship crew are random alien creatures which add nothing to the picture, it's like the animators just wanted to be crazy but the final result is not engaging. The relationship between Captain Amelia and Doctor Doppler feels forced but the greatest flaw is the robot B.E.N. The character almost ruined the movie. Is over the top and obnoxious in every single scene he's in. I know he was meant for laughs but his antics are unfunny throughout the film. All these characters take weight from the central emotional core of the film and should have been handled better, especially the robot.
Anyhow, flaws and all, Treasure Planet is still a high spirited adventure with a great message and impeccable technical presentation. It does not deserve the reputation it has and hopefully more people will re-discover it and give it a better place in the Disney canon.
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Treasure Planet debuts on BD in a near perfect presentation. Some minor banding appears in some scenes but nothing to be concern about. The picture is crystal clear, colors pop off the screen and detail and delineation is just breathtaking. This is one of Disney's best BD presentations.
The 5.1 DTS-HD MA is a bombastic experience with good directionality and crystal clear dialogue. A wonderful experience all around.
While no new bonus material was produced for this BD, most of the DVD material has been carried over and while is not as extensive as it could, most of the material is engaging and informative.
You have an audio commentary with the filmmakers and several featurettes concerning the making of the film and the different stages of production (animation, design, music, story, etc), publicity material and more.
A DVD copy is also included.
Treasure Planet is an epic adventure that makes for an enjoyable experience. It's not perfect and has some glaring flaws but the final product is far better than its reputation would suggest. It's not Disney's best but it isn't its worst either and deserves to be seen at least once. This BD makes things easier with an impeccable technical presentation and worthy bonus material. Treasure Planet is recommended.
But I bought Treasure Planet when I saw it for a good price because I thought it would be a good movie for my nephew. He comes from a family of women so basically all the pop culture that gets passed on - books, movies, toys - is more geared to little girls. I think he's getting a great deal of exposure to female role models and won't grow up to think being a girl is bad. Heck, his favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast.
There are some excellent female characters in Treasure Planet. Jim's mom is only in the movie for the beginning and end. She's pretty cool though - a single mother running her own business. And Captain Amelia is fantastic. She's professional, but caring. She's competent and willing to listen to other people when they know what they're talking about. She doesn't put up with false flattery.
Jim is pretty similar to Lilo (from Lilo and Stitch) in temperament. A little angry and wild, hurt and frustrated by the loss of a parent. But Jim is older than Lilo and starting to face real consequences for his youthful indiscretions of trespassing. When he finds the map to Treasure Planet, it's a real opportunity for him to get some experience and discipline.
If you're familiar with TREASURE ISLAND (or even the Muppets' version), then you know the basic plot of Treasure Planet already. It's a good plot, filled with adventure, betrayal, and redemption. I do like how Disney animated it. The blend of computer and traditional animation doesn't always work. Some parts really pop due to clearly being made with a computer, but I'm not sure that effect works for me. (I'm looking at you, space whales.) But other bits, like John Silver's automaton arm, work beautifully.
I think Treasure Planet is a fun movie. It's rated PG and skews slightly old for my nephew, who just turned three. There's an upsetting death of a sympathetic character, but I knew he could handle it due to his reaction to Mufasa's death in The Lion King. Some kids might be upset by the song sequence that reveals Jim's father walked out on his family. On the other hand, I think Treasure Planet is a great choice for kids growing up outside of the nuclear family structure. (And it would make a great double bill with Lilo and Stitch.)
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