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 legendary "loot of a thousand worlds" inspires an intergalactic treasure hunt when 15-year-old Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a map to the greatest pirate trove in the universe in Walt Disney Pictures' thrilling animated space adventure, "Treasure Planet." Based on one of the greatest adventure stories ever told - Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" - this film follows Jim's fantastic journey across a parallel universe as a cabin boy aboard a glittering space galleon.
Why It Rocks
- Nice animation, compared to previous Disney animated films.
- Great soundtrack.
- The voice acting is pretty good.
- Memorable characters like Jim Hawkins, Dr. Dilbert Doppler, B.E.N. and Captain Amelia.
- John Silver is a redeemed deuteragonist.
- Scroop is a great villain.
- The writing is well done.
- It totally flopped at the Box Office, not helped by some seriously terrible marketing.
- This goes for the source material as well, the story is not very relatable.
Treasure Planet received generall positive reviews from film critics and audiences, with a praising the imaginative sci-fi visuals, animation, storyline, action scenes, voice performances, and music score. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 69% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 149 reviews, with an average rating of 6.51/10. The site's critics consensus states "Though its characterizations are weaker than usual, Treasure Planet offers a fast-paced, beautifully rendered vision of outer space". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 2.5 stars out of 4. While not completely writing off the film, he felt that a more traditional take on the film would have been "more exciting" and "less gimmicky".
The film was an American box office bomb, grossing only $38 million in the United States and Canada and $110 million worldwide. Consequently, Disney's Buena Vista Distribution arm reduced its fourth-quarter earnings by $47 million within a few days of the film's release.
Awards and nominations
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Spirited Away. It was also nominated for a number of Annie Awards.