Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, starring the voices of Brian Murray, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Patrick McGoohan, Laurie Metcalf and John Rzeznik.
It looks like Disney have run out of ideas and writers as they resurrect Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story 'Treasure Island', pandering to a 21st century audience by setting the animated adventure in space. But, despite the high concept, 'Treasure Planet' doesn't stray too far from Stevenson's original.
In this version, young Jim Hawkins discovers a holographic map to the fabled Treasure Planet in a metallic sphere that he was given by a dying alien. With the help of canine scientist Dr Doppler, Jim hires a space galleon and heads off in search of adventures and the planet where "the treasures of a thousand worlds" were hoarded by Captain Flint. But all is not going to be plain sailing... Although the ship's cat-eyed Captain Amelia and her first officer Mr Arrow are as straight as, ahem, arrows, the rest of the alien crew are under the influence of one-armed cyborg cook - and crook - John Silver. Despite taking Jim under his wing, he won't hesitate to double-cross him in the race to the treasure.
The treacherous Silver is voiced by Brian Murray with an accent that veers wildly from Irish to Jamaican while Emma Thompson turns up as the voice of the very classy Captain Amelia. Martin Short plays the wacky role to the hilt as a lonely robot called B.E.N. (Bio-Electronic Navigator) and Niles from 'Frasier' - aka David Hyde Pierce - is perfectly placed as the fussy Dr Doppler. It's up to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with the help of the singing voice of Goo Goo Dolls' John Rzeznik, to put some character into the insipid Jim Hawkins but he's just another in a long line of wide-eyed Disney hero/ines who will be forgotten about as soon as the aftertaste of multiplex popcorn wears off.
With flying space whales instead of real whales and black holes that stand in for tropical typhoons, this is still supposed to be the story of a boy looking for an adventure - and finding himself. The futuristic elements are often clever - John Silver's replaced arm has a huge variety of attachments and gadgets, his mimicking parrot is now a cutesy ball of morphing ectoplasm - but the filmmakers seem to have lost the heart of the story amongst all the computer generated animation.
'Treasure Planet' does have its moments - but they don't add up to much. Go check 'Beauty and the Beast' or 'Cinderella' out of your local video store instead.