Another Disney film that is not recognized for how great it is. Based on the beloved book Treasure Island, this 2002 film takes the story to the galaxy, and it is a fun ride. There might even be a few names in here you recognize. As always spoilers will be ahead.
Jim Hawkins (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a young man constantly getting in trouble on his home world Montressor. He lives with his mother Sarah Hawkins (Laurie Metcalf) in their own inn. Ever since he was a kid Jim has loved the story of Treasure Planet, a legendary planet rumored to hold Captain Flint’s loot.
One day, a ship crashes nearby and Jim rescues the pilot Billy Bones, but he is too wounded. Bones gives Jim his chest and a warning to “beware the cyborg” before dying. Space pirates soon arrive and burn the inn to the ground, but not before Jim, Sarah and their friend Dr. Delbert (David Hyde Pierce) escape. Jim finds what the pirates were after, a sphere containing a map to Treasure Planet! He and Delbert decide to go and find the treasure to build the inn back. They hire a crew on the RLS Legacy which includes the cat like Captain Amelia (Emma Thompson), her first mate Mr. Arrow (Roscoe Lee Browne) and the cyborg John Silver (Brain Murray.) Jim does not trust Silver, due to Bones’s warning but they soon begin to bond. However not everything is how it seems on this adventure. About as far as I can go without spoiling, although I can say you will hear Martin Short in this film as well.
One of Disney’s most underrated films, Treasure Planet takes a great story and turns it into a fantastic adventure for the family. It is funny, action packed and has a great amount of heart. It is not as good as some of Disney’s classics, but I’d still recommend this film if you have not watched it.