Such an awesome movie.. it's really sad that so many don't acknowlege it's existance. It's based off of the older Disney film 'Treasure Island' -but more futuristic and outer-worldly. They don't mix too many things up, either. Some may call 15 year old Jim Hawkin's a 'brat' -though he's more troubled than anything, sad even. After his father abandoned him and his mother when he was a pre-teen, he's been more angry, and tended to get in enough trouble to nearly send him to Juvy. I think this film actually relates to teens of today much better, instead of sugar-coating problems, it openly shows how it may affect a person. Jim's mother Sarah isn't a horrible mother, she's stressed more than everything. There is violence in the film- laser guns, nearly getting hurt by a crew member, death by being sucked into a blackhole, knife stabbing a leg (artificial leg- so Jim knew it wouldn't hurt him, stall was his aim), etc. I didn't find these things too horrible for a child to bare. The aliens may be a little scary for little ones, but don't over-shelter because it's not healthy. The relationships are really touching, Jim, who wasn't sure about John Silver at first, started bonding to a Father-Son relationship. Even when Silver is a ruthless pirate, Jim got something inside Silver that made him have a change of heart. What I love about this film is the soulful connection, well character development, and NO love interest for Jim! Though, Captain Amelia and Delbert did end up together, it's not focused completely on. The only thing I thought wasn't appealing of the movie is the potty humar- farting as a language. Otherwise the soundtrack, characters, and animation is amazing. Such an underrated film.