Movie Review: Treasure Planet

by Josh Auffret
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Treasure Planet is an entertaining new animated film from Disney that should enchant both kids and adults alike.

The story begins with young Jim Hawkins (voiced by Joseph Gordon Levitt) facing the usual trials and tribulations of growing up without a much-needed father figure. Once Jim gets in touch with his inner lightsaber, it's off to intergalactic space in search of Treasure Planet, a faraway destination that (as legend has it) contains abundant treasure beyond imagination. Faster than you can say "Goonies," Jim and his band of comrades -- including Long John Silver (Brian Murray), the half-cyborg pirate captain who has long dreamed of finding Treasure Planet, and Scroop (Michael Wincott), an evil lobster-like thingie with razor-sharp claws -- are racing against time to find the treasure before a band of nefarious pirates do.

Based in part on Robert Louis Stevenson's literary classic "Treasure Island," this stylish cinematic re-telling features eye-popping visuals. Kids, particularly young boys, will appreciate the film's sense of adventure and thrilling action scenes. Adults, meanwhile, will enjoy the subtle humor (including an uproarious nod to Disney's own Pirates of the Caribbean) and the reedeming social values of each of the main characters.

What kids are saying:
Willie, 11: I liked the action scenes the best. The part where Jim surfs on his hoverboard at the end was cool, and the movie was funny in parts. Some of the music was just okay. It's not really my type of music. I also liked the crab character, Scroop. That scene where he faces off against Jim on the abandoned ship was exciting!

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