It’s been a good 5 years or so since I last saw it, probably when I got the DVD, but I really like Silver. I remember him being a pretty nuanced villain.
My 3-year-old loves this movie, and we totally jumped on the Blu-Ray when it was released, lest the much-loved DVD nearly die.
One thing that surprised me though, was even though the CGI is kind of dated, it looks a LOT more modern on the Blu-Ray than it ever has before. It really makes me wonder if they had to manually touch it up, or re-ran the effects through a more powerful machine or what.
For someone who thinks Tron is an awesome movie this is a very harsh review. This movie is better, much better and more fun. For a more professional review read:
Apparently you don’t understand the concept of a review. The thoughts above are my opinion and are no less “professional” than theirs or even your own. My opinion on the Tron series (which is incredibly popular, by the way) has absolutely nothing to do with my opinion of Treasure Planet, which I did say above is an enjoyable film. It feels incredibly dated and has some serious issues in its third act, but is still enjoyable. I didn’t feel my review was harsh at all. Treasure Planet isn’t a great movie (neither is Tron) but it’s not awful either. As I stated in the end, it’s an adventure that is worth seeing, despite its flaws.
Yeah, I’m also going to have to disagree with you on this. I think Treasure Planet is an underrated Disney gem that deserved a far better fate at the box office. Opening it opposite Harry Potter was its undoing (what were they thinking?!), not the quality of the movie itself. It looks gorgeous and the CG is FAR less dated than such “classics” as The Lion King or Aladdin. As for B.E.N.? Well, I understand that criticism but, frankly, the popularity of the Genie in Aladdin caused Disney to put a similar celebrity-voiced comic relief character in every movie after (the hyenas, the gargoyles, Hades, etc.). And I can more than forgive BEN since we get John Silver and Captain Amelia, 2 fantastic characters!
Perhaps my middle-of-the-road review is being misunderstood as negative. I enjoyed the film for the most part, which I stated above. But it’s not great. And no one can say it’s a Disney classic that lives up to Aladdin or The Little Mermaid. When I say Treasure Planet is dated, I mean it feels like a product of the ’90s, from the visual style to the music to the comedy to the overall feel of the film. And yet it came out in 2002. It didn’t ever lose my attention, but it never really grabbed it either. And while Silver is a solid character, I can’t say the same about Amelia, whose name I didn’t even remember by the time the credits rolled.
Personally, I’d rather watch Treasure Planet over Aladdin any day (speaking of dated… Arsenio Hall jokes). But, hey, that’s why they have menus at restaurants 😉
“And no one can say it’s a Disney classic that lives up to Aladdin or The Little Mermaid.”
And yet the animation and visual ambition in Treasure Planet bury both of those movies, and makes them look like the late 80’s, early-90’s rush jobs that they were. The Little Mermaid begins with an unconvincing CGI sailing ship crewed by poorly drawn characters, and the sequence ends with a sailor whose mouth falls out of sync with the soundtrack (indicating something was cut at the last minute). Aladdin’s animation is quick, fast, and toon loosey-goosey, with plenty of sloppy work excused away by the gag-a-minute 50’s WB comic tone. There’s nothing in Treasure Planet even remotely as sloppy as the work in those two films (or Beauty and the Beast, either).
I remember seeing a trailer for this movie ten years ago, and when “Treasure Planet” flashed on the screen, I went “UGH.” It sounded like a weird movie. And I think most people thought that way, because I don’t remember it being a big hit. But then I saw it on the Disney Channel way back in 2006, and I really liked it! Now when I get a chance to see it I do it. I like the James Newton Howard-composed score, too. I’m a big fan of steampunk and now I think the planetary idea is pretty neat.
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