Parents' Guide to

Treasure Planet

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Outer-space pirate treasure hunt lots of fun; fab animation.

Movie PG 2002 95 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 10+

The animation is beautiful, it reminded me of Iron Giant and Toy Story 3. It's upbeat, moves quickly and is a lot of fun! Some images may be too scary for young children and it's mildly violent. James and the Giant Peach or the nightmare before Christmas may be good indicators of frightful or scariness. This film is similar to those and by and large enjoyable!
age 7+

Excellent dramatic space pirate adventure with some tense scenes

Excellent adventure, full of fun characters, dramatic sequences and tense space pirate action. The protagonist Jim is initially disaffected, disobedient and depressed (partly from lack of a father figure). He learns he can make his own choices and future from Silver, who is a very interesting morally ambiguous character. A baddie does deliberately kill a good character and blame someone else; it's not shown graphically but other characters mourn. And the film does show a goodie letting a sympathetic criminal go free rather than to jail.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
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This animated sci-fi adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story is a dazzling vision, with masted schooners sailing past stars and planets. If Treasure Planet is not Disney at its best, it's Disney at its still-pretty-much-better-than-anyone else. Computer and hand animation are brilliantly combined, using the best of both worlds so that the characters have a full range of expressions while the vistas are magnificently three-dimensional. This is exactly what animation should be about, presenting us with a thrillingly imaginative adventure that's utterly liberated from trivialities like the laws of physics and possibility.

Treasure Planet is wonderfully visually inventive, with dozens of witty details. John Silver is a marvel of animation integration and form tied to content, his mechanical parts created by computer and his human parts created by hand. The voice talent is marvelous, especially Thompson, playing the captain as a sort of starchy governess who happens to be extremely brave and have a wicked sense of humor, and Short, who was born to be animated.

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