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"TREASURE PLANET"
(2002) (voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
None Minor Extreme *Moderate Moderate
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild Minor Extreme None None
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
None Minor Mild Moderate Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Animated Adventure: A disillusioned teen sets off to discover a planet filled with plundered treasures, but must contend with a pirate and his crew who also want to find it.
PLOT:
On a distant planet, Jim Hawkins (voice of JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT) is a disillusioned teen who's always getting into trouble, much to the dismay of his single mom, Sarah (voice of LAURIE METCALF). She runs the local inn and serves various aliens including Doctor Delbert Doppler (voice of DAVID HYDE PIERCE), an older and somewhat nerdy academic who's taken a liking to her and Jim.

Jim thinks his life is going nowhere, but that changes when a spaceship bearing Billy Bones (voice of PATRICK McGOOHAN) crashes by the inn. The dying spacefarer warns Jim of a cyborg who he doesn't want to acquire the mysterious orb he carries. It's not long, however, before a band of space pirates arrive looking for Bones and that sphere, and Jim, Sarah and Delbert barely escape with their lives.

Jim eventually manages to open the orb that reveals an interstellar map leading to the legendary Treasure Planet that reportedly contains the collective booty of thousands of plundered planets. Since Jim has dreamed of finding the planet since he was a kid, he decides he's going to use the map to get there.

An adventurous boy at heart, Doppler decides to accompany him and charters the RLS Legacy, a space galleon commanded by Captain Amelia (voice of EMMA THOMPSON) and her second-in-command, Mr. Arrow (voice of ROSCOE LEE BROWN). Amelia decides that Jim needs supervision, so she pairs him with John Silver (voice of BRIAN MURRAY), the friendly and weathered cook.

Jim is immediately suspicious of him due to his robotic body parts, but Silver and his little space friend, Morph, quickly allay his doubts and the three become fast friends, particularly when Silver acts as a surrogate father of sorts to Jim.

Yet, things aren't all smooth sailing. After losing a man overboard during a storm, most of the crew, including the monstrous Scroop (voice of MICHAEL WINCOTT), mutiny. Jim, Doppler and Amelia manage to escape the ship and eventually meet B.E.N. (voice of MARTIN SHORT), a chatterbox of a robot who has no long term memory. As they try to figure out what to do next, they must contend with the mutinous pirates and try to get to Treasure Planet before they do.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they like Disney animated films, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For adventure action and peril.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
Although it's debatable whether kids view animated characters as role models, here's a quick look at the main characteristics of the major characters.
  • JIM HAWKINS is a disillusioned young man who's always getting into trouble and sees no future for himself. Yet, his high adventure that requires bravery and sacrifice on his part change him into a better person.
  • JOHN SILVER is the ship's cook who turns out to the head pirate who commands a mutiny. Desirous of the booty on Treasure Planet, he has a soft spot in his heart for Jim.
  • CAPTAIN AMELIA is the dashing officer who's in charge of the galleon that Doppler charters. Armed with a steely reserve and sharp wit, she doesn't let anything get in her way.
  • B.E.N. is a chatterbox of a robot who assists Jim, but can't remember anything.
  • DOCTOR DOPPLER is the older and somewhat nerdy academic who accompanies Jim on his adventure.
  • SARAH HAWKINS is Jim's single mom who worries about and is disappointed by what he's turned into.
  • MR. ARROW is Capt. Amelia's trustworthy second-in-command.
  • SCROOP is a monstrous pirate who's responsible for one man's death, tries to harm Jim and doesn't trust Silver due to his connection with Jim.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this animated adventure flick that's been rated PG. Violence consists of characters and ships firing on each other in an adventurous sci-fi fashion, while some characters are presumably killed off-screen. Some fighting is present and those scenes and others (including some perilous moments) might be intense, suspenseful or frightening to younger kids, but that depends on their age, level of maturity and tolerance for such material.

    Some crude humor is present, as are some colorful phrases, while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, including the young hero and all of the mutinous villains. Beyond that, the film briefly touches upon that hero growing up without a father and there's a brief, tearful flashback scene of the father leaving for good.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A creature onboard the ship communicates via various farting and raspberry sounds that emanate from its various body protuberances (Doppler then communicates with it in the Flatula language). We later hear more of that and Jim reacts to the smell.
  • Silver has made some soup with eyeballs in it.
  • A whale-like creature blows mucous (or something similar) onto Doppler when he gets too close.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Jim has a bad and defiant attitude about his place in the world, and we hear that he's failing school and is always in trouble. We also learn that he's already violated his probation. This changes as the story progresses and he becomes more confident and upbeat.
  • Most of the crew mutinies against Capt. Amelia and some of them attempt to harm others (and succeed in killing one).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Some of the pirate creatures/monsters might be scary-looking to some younger kids, while scenes listed under "Violence" may also be intense, suspenseful or frightening to the same age group.
  • A creature appears to remove its head from its body, but it turns out to be two separate creatures.
  • A large creature/crewmember threatens Jim and then pins him back against a mast and holds one of its pinchers up to him (but Silver intervenes and nothing else happens).
  • A star goes supernova and the crew must react and try to outrun its damaging effects on their ship. During this, Jim saves Silver when the latter is knocked off the ship and huge pieces of matter nearly hit them and the ship. The star then turns into a black hole and their ship is being sucked toward it. Jim is told to secure the crewmembers' lifelines, but Scroop cuts one of them, sending a crewmember to his presumed death (we see him "fall" away from the ship until he disappears).
  • After Jim learns the truth about Silver, the cook-turned-pirate confronts him down below deck. Jim then stabs Silver with a knife in his mechanical leg.
  • Jim, Doppler and Capt. Amelia try to escape during a mutiny that involves various close calls.
  • We see that something is watching Jim and Morph on a planet after they crash there.
  • Jim and Silver have a meeting that could be tense and/or suspenseful to some younger viewers where Jim must stand up to Silver and not give in to his demands.
  • Jim steals the pirates' ship, sneaks back to the Legacy and tries to get the orb map, all without being detected (and as B.E.N. makes lots of noise). Scroop then shows up and chases after Jim through the ship's tunnels and hallways. After some close calls, Jim looks for Scroop, unaware that the spider monster is above him. It then knocks him aside and is on top of him. B.E.N. then turns off the ship's artificial gravity and Jim kicks Scroop as he floats away. Jim then holds onto the ship's flag that's at the top of its highest mast as Scroop crawls up it toward him. As more suspenseful music plays, Scroop attempts to cut the line and it then jumps at him, but misses and floats off into outer space (all of which could be rather suspenseful to younger viewers).
  • Silver pulls out a gun and motions that he's going to kill someone else if Jim doesn't open the orb map.
  • The somewhat monstrous skeleton of a long-dead pirate might be scary looking to some younger viewers.
  • Everyone discovers that a planet is booby-trapped and tries to get away before everything blows up (as parts of it do blow up). During this, Doppler holds a gun on a pirate while Jim holds a sword on Silver. Moments later, Jim falls and barely holds on above an abyss as a laser blast rips through part of a ship. Silver then tries to rescue him. Jim's powered space-board then runs out of power and he plummets down toward the planet before the board regains power.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • We see space galleons firing upon other outer space ships (that all look like old galleons but with a futuristic spin) with cannons, laser blasts and laser shots from small laser guns (and we then see that it's all just from a book that young Jim is reading).
  • Knife: Used by Jim to stab Silver in his mechanical leg.
  • Laser pistols and rifles: Used to fire on others.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Losers," "Shut up," "Zip your howling screamer," "Watch it twerp," "Bug-brained twit," "Spider psycho," "Bum" (rear end) and "I screwed up."
  • Doppler repeatedly sings, "Go Delbert, Go Delbert, Go Delbert" while doing a little dance (kids might imitate that my inserting their own name into the chant).
  • To communicate with a creature that speaks in what sound like farting sounds, Doppler puts his hand under his armpit to make such sounds.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A little girl creature's tongue suddenly shoots out and grabs Doppler's food (played for laughs).
  • A robot suddenly surprises some people.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful, ominous and adventurous music plays during the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • None.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None.
  • SMOKING
  • We see Silver holding a pipe.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We hear that Jim's father left when the boy was quite young and that Jim hasn't been the same since. During a musical montage, we see a shot of Jim as a young boy seeing his father leaving and his mother crying. He then races down to stop his father from leaving, but he's too late.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Jim's bad and disillusioned attitude, and how it changes during the course of the story.
  • Pursuing/chasing one's dream.
  • Silver's advice to stay the course no matter the squalls.
  • Many Disney films aimed at kids where there's only one parent.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see space galleons firing upon other outer space ships (that all look like old galleons but with a futuristic spin) with cannons, laser blasts and laser shots from small laser guns (and we then see that it's all just from a book that young Jim is reading). During this, some characters strike others.
  • Jim purposefully flies through and breaks some boards on a fence while sky surfing.
  • A spaceship crashes near the inn and Billy Bones come out, mortally wounded (he dies a while later).
  • Pirates blast a laser blast through the inn's door and it breaks things inside (as do the pirates who trash the place). We then see the inn completely engulfed in flames.
  • The Legacy takes off quite fast and Doppler is smashed into the back wall (but is okay).
  • A large crewmember knocks Jim aside while the latter mops the deck.
  • A large creature/crewmember threatens Jim and then pins him back against a mast and holds one of its pinchers up to him (but Silver intervenes and nothing else happens).
  • Jim is told to secure the crewmembers' lifelines, but Scroop cuts one of them, sending a crewmember to his presumed death (we see him "fall" away from the ship until he disappears).
  • Morph playfully kicks Jim in the butt.
  • After Jim learns the truth about Silver, the cook-turned-pirate confronts him down below deck. Jim then stabs Silver with a knife in his mechanical leg.
  • The mutiny begins and a creature smashes a door. During this, Doppler accidentally shoots something with a laser blast and a door is blown open moments later. As he, Jim and Amelia try to escape, the Captain fires laser blasts at the mutineers. Doppler then fires a shot that knocks something down that knocks various mutineers off the ship and out into outer space.
  • An energy ball hits the escapees' longboat and destroys part of it, causing them to crash land on a planet (the Captain is somewhat injured).
  • Jim slaps B.E.N. to make the robot stop rambling.
  • Various pirates shoot at B.E.N. and Jim then shoots back at them (all with laser blasts).
  • Scroop shows up and chases after Jim through the ship's tunnels and hallways. After some close calls, Jim looks for Scroop, unaware that the spider monster is above him. It then knocks him aside and is on top of him. B.E.N. then turns off the ship's artificial gravity and Jim kicks Scroop as he floats away.
  • Pirates grab Jim and hold him back, while Morph bites one of the creature's legs (that uses it tail to smash Morph).
  • A creature knocks a person down.
  • Everyone discovers that a planet is booby-trapped and tries to get away before everything blows up (as parts of it do blow up). During this, various characters fall down into some sort of abyss and are presumably killed.
  • A character punches another.
  • A laser blast rips through part of the ship.



  • Reviewed November 5, 2002 / Posted November 27, 2002

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