Disney's first live action movie. Walt Disney started the project when postwar restrictions stopped him from transferring profits from his cartoons out of the United Kingdom. Rather than set up a new animation studio, he used the profits and existing facilities to produce a conventional film. The movie was filmed in England, not in the West Indies, using Disney's frozen U.K. profits.
The name 'Long John' refers to cannibalism. This is reinforced when Ben Gunn mentions that Long John Silver will treat him like 'pork' if he finds him. Human flesh supposedly tastes like pork and cannibals referred to humans as "long pig" which is why anyone who has practiced cannibalism had the nickname "Long". So "Long John Silver" had, at one time, eaten human flesh.
Walt Disney considered putting in a brief animated sequence, as he had with his previous live action movies, Song of the South (1946) and So Dear to My Heart (1948). The animated sequence, "Reynard the Fox" would have been a story told to Jim by Long John Silver. Ultimately, Disney decided to leave out the "Reynard" tale, but the concept art developed by Disney's animators for the sequence later became the basis for Robin Hood (1973).
One of the first Disney movies to be shown on television, this was first telecast in January 1955, as part of the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954) television program. It was the first Disney live-action film to be shown complete on television, in two one-hour installments shown a week apart, rather than having the entire film on a single evening. It was broadcast again in the 1960s, in the same format, after the series had changed its name to "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" and the show had moved to NBC.
Except for a brief appearance of Jim's mother at the beginning of the novel, there are no females in the story, which author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote as an adventure for boys. There are no females at all in the Walt Disney movie.