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Treasure Planet

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Treasure Planet

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray
Director: Ron Clements
Rated: PG
RunTime: 95 Minutes
Release Date: November 2002
Genres: Animation, Kids, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Review by Steve Rhodes
1½ stars out of 4

Disney's TREASURE PLANET, I'm sorry to say, is no LILO & STITCH, not even close. Whereas the latter film was so brightly written that it easily delighted all ages, TREASURE PLANET is little more than a mediocre cartoon masquerading as a motion picture. It doesn't contain a single memorable line and has only one memorable character, a charming chameleon of a blob named Morph.

A traditionally animated film, TREASURE PLANET's flat and uninspired appearance isn't much better than its lame script. Overall, it's a slapdash production that should have gone direct to video. Our kids deserve better from Disney, and LILO & STITCH proved that the studio has the old magic in its arsenal if it will just use it.

The futuristic story, very loosely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," concerns Jim Hawkins (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an older teen who keeps messing up. Jim goes off to locate Treasure Planet, where enormous wealth has been hidden.

Emma Thompson is wasted as the voice of Captain Amelia, a stupid looking character who skippers the boat that takes Jim to Treasure Planet. The ship is crewed by a rag-tag lot of weirdoes who have their own agenda.

The agenda for parents stuck taking their kids to a snoozer like TREASURE PLANET will probably be to catch up on their sleep. Rest assured parents; you can feel free to nod off during any part of the movie without missing anything.

TREASURE PLANET runs 1:35. It is rated PG for "adventure action and peril" and would be acceptable for kids of all ages.

My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it ***, commenting positively on the music and the plot. His cousins Liana, age 6, and William, age 8, both liked it. Liana's favorite part was when the boy headed home, and her favorite character, surprisingly, was the mother, who had a very minor part. William liked the boy and his adventures best.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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