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Treasure Planet



Outer-space pirate treasure hunt lots of fun; fab animation.
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  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Jim Hawkins learns a great deal about coming to terms with an early tragedy and overcoming grief with constructive behavior. He comes to understand the value of "charting his own course" and sticking with it. A seemingly heartless villain is redeemed, proving that change for the better is always a possibility.

Positive role models

Consistently In trouble and nearly breaking his single mother’s heart, Jim matures into a courageous, honest, and loyal young man who makes heroic choices. The female captain of the pirate ship is a leader of the first order: wise, strong, and in control. Villains and heroes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and species.


Cartoon action throughout: chases, battles, falls, all manner of weaponry from the swords of centuries ago to lasers, explosions and portals leading to the unknown. Two characters die; many others are nearly killed by firestorms, falls through space, explosives, gun and cannon fire, sabotage, and toothy, clawed aliens. The creatures are more bizarre and funny than truly scary, but some have sharp claws, fangs, fiery eyes, and weapons instead of arms and legs.

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A few funny scenes occur in which interplanetary characters speak "flatula" -- a barrage of farts and other bodily sounds (and smells).

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Treasure Planet is a swashbuckling pirate adventure in outer space that is a delight for kids who understand the difference between reality and fantasy. Time and again, the film puts young Jim Hawkins and his treasure-hunting partners in danger. Soaring cartoon mayhem and suspense come from mighty explosions, firestorms, black holes, mutinous interspecies creatures, air battles, and multiple narrow escapes. A few featured characters die; one falls into a black hole. Lots of comedy along with the derring-do, including a creature who speaks "flatula" loud, clear, and odiferous.

What's the story?

In TREASURE PLANET, Jim Hawkins (voice of Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a spirited kid who worries his single mother by getting into trouble with a contraption that is like a flying skateboard. A dying man gives him a map that can lead him to the planet where the greatest pirate in history hid his treasure. Dr. Doppler (voice of David Hyde Pierce), a family friend, finances an expedition to go in search of the treasure.

Doppler and Jim set off on a huge ship led by Captain Amelia (voice of Emma Thompson). Jim is assigned to work with the ship's gruff cook, John Silver, a cyborg who is part human, part machine. Jim thinks John is his friend until he overhears him talking to the crew about plans to take over and steal the treasure for themselves. Once on the planet where the treasure is hidden, Jim meets BEN, an oddball robot with half his memory missing (voice of Martin Short). Jim, John, and the others race each other and the pirate's booby-traps to get the treasure.

Is it any good?


If Treasure Planet is not Disney at its best, it's Disney at its still-pretty-much-better-than-anyone else. This animated sci-fi adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story is a dazzling vision, with masted schooners sailing past stars and planets. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it was hard for Jim to behave well before the trip and what will be different for him afterward. 

  • How does this pirate story compare with others you've seen or read? What aspects are different? The same? 

  • If you had all that treasure, what would you do with it?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 27, 2002
DVD/Streaming release date:April 29, 2003
Cast:Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Laurie Metcalf, Martin Short
Directors:John Musker, Ron Clements
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters, Pirates, Robots, Space and aliens
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:scenes of peril, character death

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Teen, 14 years old Written byEspumaMarina October 15, 2010

Wow..... words can not discribe how utterly wicked that was!

Oh my gosh, I just got done watching it, it was PURE awesome! Jim starts out as rebelous (but CARING) Teen, who cares about his mother and other people (which is unfortunitly rare these days) I mean he's not a down right brat as others say if you pay attention, I mean my gosh, his dad left him and his mother with practicly no explenation. People take this movie too harshly. Yes, it can be scary for little ones, but seriously, do you want them to grow up to be wimps? (I'm being rude, forgive me) I mean, Jim's adventurous, but was heart broken when his dad left, so he's been troubled (Wouldn't you?) and then he sets out on this awesome adventure (and totally bizare and hysterical) It's funny, heartfelt, and I LOVE it when the bad guys turn good! And no (Dude falls in love with princess) thing! It would be confusing for little ones so I suggest 10 and up. There are quite a few 'scary' characters (they're aliens-but show good sides) It had a good story line, all of the characters are wicked, although when that thing killed one of the captians (not gory) I had to think "You killed him you son of a b*tch!" But thats MY opinion, this movie is AWESOME for kids to see, totally creative, keeps you at the edge of your seats. Don't judge it so harshly by Gosh! I know you guys have personal opinions of your own... so sorry to offend (Watch-the-movie!)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 9 year old Written byResponsibleParent September 29, 2009

Treasure Planet lacks the treasure

My daughter found the movie very scary in parts. In the beginning, a turtle with a raspy voice and sharp teeth dies in front of you. Another scene shows a character being sucked into a black hole. The main character is a down in the mouth rebellious brat who never seems to progress in one direction or the other, although he is the primary focus as the hero. I wouldn't recommend this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byJimHawkinsfan June 17, 2014

Better than Frozen

This is one of the best Disney movies ever. There is nothing parents should have to worry about. Very very mild violence. The only swearing is on screwed up, that's it. The flatula is not as bad as they make it shound. Only sounds like a dog squeaky toy. The animation is over the top. Jim Hawkins is such a great role model, he goes from rebellious to well behaved and caring. This one of the funnyest Disney movies. A must see Chirstians can print a Movie Night guide for this movie on don't let your family miss.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models