Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ron Clements
John Musker
Produced by Ron Clements
John Musker
Roy Conli
Peter Del Vecho
Screenplay by Ron Clements
John Musker
Rob Edwards
Story by Ron Clements
John Musker
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Based on Treasure Island 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Brian Murray
Emma Thompson
David Hyde Pierce
Martin Short
Michael Wincott
Laurie Metcalf
Roscoe Lee Browne
Narrated by Tony Jay
Music by James Newton Howard
Edited by Michael Kelly
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $140 million[1]
Box office $109.6 million[1]

Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 27, 2002. It is the 43rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The film is a science fiction adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel Treasure Island and was the first film to be released simultaneously in regular and IMAX theaters.[2][3] The film employs a novel technique of hand-drawn 2D traditional animation set atop 3D computer animation.

The film was co-written, co-produced and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who had pitched the concept for the film at the same time that they pitched Disney's other animated feature The Little Mermaid (1989), the film is also an animated remake of the 1987 Italian mini-series Treasure Island in Outer Space. Treasure Planet features the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Roscoe Lee Browne, Emma Thompson, Laurie Metcalf, and Patrick McGoohan (in his final film role). The musical score was composed by James Newton Howard, while the songs were written and performed by John Rzeznik. Despite positive critical reception, the film performed poorly in the United States box office, costing $140 million to create while earning $38 million in the United States and Canada and just shy of $110 million worldwide.[1] It was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Casting 2
  • Production 3
    • Development 3.1
    • Writing 3.2
    • Casting 3.3
    • Design and animation 3.4
    • Audio 3.5
    • Marketing 3.6
  • Release 4
  • Reception 5
    • Critical response 5.1
    • Box office 5.2
    • Awards 5.3
  • Canceled sequel 6
  • Video games 7
    • Reception 7.1
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Plot

Set in the future, the film's prologue depicts Jim Hawkins as a five-year-old (voiced by Austin Majors) reading a storybook in bed. Jim is enchanted by stories of the legendary pirate Captain Flint and his ability to appear from nowhere, raid passing ships, and disappear in order to hide the loot on the mysterious "Treasure Planet". Twelve years later, Jim (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has grown into an aloof and alienated teenager. He is shown begrudgingly helping his mother Sarah (Laurie Metcalf) run an inn and deriving amusement from "solar surfing" (a hybrid of skysurfing and windsurfing atop a board attached to a solar sail-powered rocket), a pastime that frequently gets him in trouble.

One day, a spaceship crashes near the inn. The dying pilot, David Hyde Pierce) ba