Treasure Planet (2002) Poster


B.E.N. sings a few bars from "Pirates of the Carribean", a pirate-themed attraction at the Disney's Magic Kingdom.
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Took 10 years to make.
In the scene where Jim's mother sits with Jim on his bed to read his book, on his bookshelf there is a Stitch doll in an astronaut suit.
In a deleted scene, we learn that Jim Hawkins is 15 years old.
As of 2011, Disney's biggest financial loss. Total cost: $180 million (including $40 million for advertising). Total worldwide gross: $101 million. Total loss: $79 million.
The name of the ship, "R.L.S. Legacy" is a reference to the book's ("Treasure Island") author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
The human characters are hand-drawn. John Silver's mechanical arm and the robot B.E.N. are flat-rendered CGI. The ship was created using Disney's 'Deep Canvas' process. In some scenes, all 3 types of animation appear simultaneously.
The contest between Jim and Silver, each coaxing Morph to come to them so they could obtain the map, was ad-libbed.
This film was pitched to Disney by John Musker and Ron Clements several times: (1) In 1985, during production on The Black Cauldron (1985), but they ended up assigned to direct The Great Mouse Detective (1986). (2) After directing The Little Mermaid (1989), but they ended up assigned to direct Aladdin (1992). (3) After directing Aladdin (1992), but the studio wanted them to direct Hercules (1997). Musker and Clements agreed to direct that film only if they were allowed to make Treasure Planet right after it.
The performance of Jim Hawkins was based in part on James Dean.
A sequel was planned with Willem Defoe set to voice the villain. However due to the original film's poor box office results it was cancelled. Defoe was not forgotten at Disney however and was later cast as a good guy in Finding Nemo.
When Jim and Dr. Doppler arrive at the space-port they get directions from two characters using a ladder. These are caricatures of the two directors: John Musker (at the top of the ladder) and Ron Clements (holding the bottom of the ladder).
This was Patrick McGoohan's final acting role before his death on January 13, 2009 at the age of 80.
The first Disney film in which the maquettes (small character reference sculptures) were not made entirely by hand, out of clay. Silver's cyborg parts were constructed out of plastic, using laser technology.
Alan Silvestri left the movie to work on Lilo & Stitch (2002). The company then wanted James Newton Howard, who had conducted, and recorded all his music scores in less than five months, to score the film.
John Silver bears a strong resemblance to Wallace Beery, who played Long John Silver in the 1934 live action version of Treasure Island.
The first feature film simultaneously released in both regular and IMAX theaters.
The film's look is based on 19th-century oil paintings. They were difficult to scan into the computer, so all the backgrounds were created digitally.
The only film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker not to star Frank Welker in it.
Footage from Peter Pan (1953) was used to test CGI grafts onto animated bodies.
HIDDEN MICKEY: A Mickey Mouse figurine is on one of young Jim's bedroom shelves as Sarah talks to him while he reads.
In the opening scene, as Flint's ship flies toward the merchant vessel, the clouds form the image of Mr. Scroop.
The animators visited a Benihana restaurant to take notes for the scene where John Silver chops shrimp.
Disney's third adaptation of the book Treasure Island after Treasure Island (1950) and Muppet Treasure Island (1996) (a Jim Henson production and distributed by Disney).
Aside from the Hawkins family, this film has no human characters.
Jim's full name is James Pleiades Hawkins. Pleiades is a star cluster located in the constellation Taurus.
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Captain Amelia's hair was originally going to be jet black. However, due to a last minute change, she was instead given light red hair.
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Emma Thompson was pregnant during several of the recording sessions.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the film, Dr. Doppler and Captain Amelia (two aliens) got together and had children. A few lines cut from the film revealed that Dr. Doppler (the male alien) gave birth to the children. Disney ordered the lines cut because they thought males giving birth, even male aliens, was too risqué for a children's movie.
Jim's clothes become lighter as the film progresses, symbolizing his transformation from 'bad boy' to 'hero'. Near the beginning, he wears a black T-shirt. During his adventure towards and on Treasure Planet, he wears a tan shirt. In the final scene, he wears a white military uniform.
The song "Always Know Where You Are" was written by John Rzeznik, who also performed the song during the end credits. However, on the soundtrack album, the song was performed by the British boy band BBMak.
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