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Took 10 years to make, having had the longest production cycle of any other film in Disney's Post Renaissance Era, after it went through production hell, though the production mainly started after the release of Hercules (1997).
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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.
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In a deleted scene, we learn that Jim Hawkins is 15 years old.
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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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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.
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The name of the ship, "R.L.S. Legacy" is a reference to the book's ("Treasure Island") author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
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The contest between Jim and Silver, each coaxing Morph to come to them so they could obtain the map, was ad-libbed.
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A sequel was planned with Willem Dafoe set to voice the villainous Ironbread, but it was cancelled based on Treasure Planet (2002)'s poor box office results.
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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.
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This was Patrick McGoohan's final acting role before his death on January 13, 2009 at the age of 80.
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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).
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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 (2002) right after it.
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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.
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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.
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John Silver bears a strong resemblance to Wallace Beery, who played Long John Silver in the 1930s Treasure Island (1934).
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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.
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The performance of Jim Hawkins was based in part on James Dean.
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The first feature film simultaneously released in both regular and IMAX theaters.
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Footage from Peter Pan (1953) was used to test CGI grafts onto animated bodies.
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In the opening scene, as Flint's ship flies toward the merchant vessel, the clouds form the image of Mr. Scroop.
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HIDDEN MICKEY: A Mickey Mouse figurine is on one of young Jim's bedroom shelves as Sarah talks to him while he reads.
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The animators visited a Benihana restaurant to take notes for the scene where John Silver chops shrimp.
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Jim's full name is James Pleiades Hawkins. Pleiades is a star cluster located in the constellation Taurus.
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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).
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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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Along with Moana (2016) this is the only film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker not to star Frank Welker in it.
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On the planet in BENs cave, Dr. Doppler says the phrase "Dangit Jim, I'm not a doctor. I mean I am but it's a doctorate it's not the same thing." This is a reference to the Star Trek series where the medical doctor, Bones, always says "Damnit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a ____!" to Captain Kirk.
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Originally Disney wanted to co-produced the film with Italian animation studio Rainbow S.r.l. seeing how there was a Treasure Island in Space mini series made in Italy in 1987. But Rainbow back out of the deal due to they were busy at the time.
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Amelia in the original design was going to have tentacles for hair that would move and hold objects.
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The villain Scroop shares his name with the equally villainous Lord Scroop, a character in the Shakespearean play 'Henry V'.
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The first film for John Musker and Ron Clements to receive a PG rating by the MPAA, followed by Moana (2016) 14 years later.
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2nd Animated film to have Martin Short Voice a character associated with Extraterrestrialism, after Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), now being an ally instead of one of the villains.
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Spoilers 

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.
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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.
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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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Emma Thompson was pregnant during several of the recording sessions, which is how Captain Amelia turns out at the end of the film.
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To enhance his 'bad boy' reputation, the producers added a dark 'mask' over his eyes and gave Jim a black jacket, which he wears in most scenes for the first half of the film. However, in the second half, he is no longer seen wearing the jacket and by the final scene, the 'mask' is gone.
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