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Disney: Treasure Planet

There were nights when the winds of the Etherium, so inviting in their promise of flight and freedom, made one's spirit soar.

For the Disney Animated Canon's 43rd entry, the studio proudly presents: Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island - IN SPACE! Literally.

With great gusto at that, containing: Space-sailing ships, aliens, robots, cyborgs and Space Pirates. Telling: one boy's search for the treasure of the evil pirate Flint, the Loot of a Thousand Worlds. Starring: The human Jim Hawkins, the spry cat-lady Captain Amelia, a bookish dog-like alien named Dr. Delbert Doppler, the fiendish cybernetic shaven bear Silver, and a metamorphosing pink blob named Morph in a steampunk alternate pirate universe.

This Disney film was released in an overcrowded market—right on the heels of the second Harry Potter Film and less than a week after Die Another Day. It may also have suffered due to the Disney Marketing Department's decision to advertise it primarily during time slots occupied by kids' shows, when its premise and content are more suitable for teenage audiences, especially regarding the absent father angle.

Whatever the reason, many fans blame this film for rudely ending Disney's confidence in hand-drawn animation for features, and which is what started the decline in their production of such films, closing their studios until 2009. Today, it's become a Cult Film thanks to its intricate blend of CGI and traditional animation.

It portrays a father-son bond between the two main characters and some amazingly choreographed action sequences. According to Word of God, this film was made to be Disney's big film for "single parent, Generation X" kids, as reflected in the darker family subtext. While it performed well with critics, the film flopped and flopped hard financially. As said previously, though, the film has gained a new lease on life thanks to DVD and television.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Mr. Turnbuckle.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Subverted, see Improbable Aiming Skills below.
  • Action Girl: Captain Amelia as a Lady of War.
  • Adorkable: Dr. Doppler, even The Captain thinks so.
  • A Friend in Need: Jim and Silver, to each other.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: mostly off-stage, and Gender Flipped, but still UST
  • All for Nothing: After Scroop is delivered his karmic Disney Villain Death, there isn't much point to disabling the laser cannons.
  • All There in the Manual: A good chunk of exposition is provided by the art book, "A Voyage of Discovery"; who found or rather, built Treasure Planet, how Flint got B.E.N, Silver's early life, why Leland Hawkins left his family, and the names of every one of the Legacy's crew; very useful information and leaves just enough to the imagination to write a prequel fanfic. (Then again, that last part may not be a good thing.)
  • Anti-Hero: Jim, as far as Disney Animated Canon will allow it. Post-Timeskip, he's constantly running afoul of the law. His mother tells Doppler outright that the solar sailor sequence was a violation of his parole, he is failing all of his classes, and he is becoming more and more disillusioned with the world.
  • Anti-Villain: John Silver. He's supposed to be the main antagonist, and he remains so for any part of the film where Scroop doesn't show up, but it turns out he's even better at being a father figure to Jim.
  • Arm Cannon: Long John Silver is a cyborg and has an arm that transforms into a cannon at one point.
  • Artifact Title: Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon. Treasure Planet is only mentioned in Jim's logs between missions. One of the logs mentions a mapping device similar to the one in the movie, but the other mentions of Treasure Planet aren't really relevant except as backstory.
  • Artificial Gravity: Oddly played straight in a world where, among other things, people can breathe in space. Perhaps too straight, as it needs to be engaged even when the ship is close enough to the surface of Treasure Planet to be seen from it. And people start getting actively sucked into space if it's off, even if the ship is rising.
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: "Does an active galactic nucleus have superluminal jets?" No, Dr. Doppler, they don't. While they do usually have relativistic jets, the particles do not exceed the speed of light. Being such a self-styled genius, he really ought to know better.
    • Doppler is most likely referring to the jets being emitted from some radio galaxies, quasars and microquasars, which indeed appear to travel faster than light. There is much debate in literature about whether these are actually superluminal or merely an optical illusion, although current consensus favors the latter view.
  • Art Major Physics: More like Mind Screw physics, especially in light of Battle at Procyon, which has actual floating islands and even fish on the maps.
    • One can not quite underline enough how inaccurately the film portrayed supernovas.
  • Ax-Crazy: Scroop. To a ridiculous extreme.
  • Babies Ever After: Dr. Doppler and Captain Amelia, and their children. In both trope and number, the babies are a Shout-Out to the Lady and the Tramp pups.
  • Bad Boss: Silver is absurdly aggressive towards his pirates, and even the enormous Mr. Hands (the huge four-armed guy) is scared of him. Justified as it's probably the only way to keep them in line.
  • Badass Adorable: Both Morph and B.E.N. have their moments.
    • Sure, Jim is a teen, but the expressions he makes and situations he gets in and out of gets him into this trope.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: But, really, how do characters in space suits convey a father-and-son relationship so perfectly? According to the art book, space isn't actually a vacuum. Instead, it is made of 'aether' a space-filling substance or field that explains how the ship moves through it (as well as other things) and how the crew can breathe. This fits with the stylistic decision to make this movie science fiction that Robert Louis Stevenson might have imagined based on his time period (when 'ether', 'phlogiston' and 'protoplasm' were actual hypotheses.)
  • Becoming the Mask: Silver genuinely starts caring for Jim.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Doctor Doppler and Captain Amelia.
  • Belly Mouth: A feature of one crew member. What appeared to be his head was actually another chap sitting on his shoulders, with dreadlocks-like legs.
  • Beneath the Earth: The centroid of the mechanism.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies / Insectoid Aliens: Mr. Scroop.
  • Big Dumb Object: Treasure Planet.
  • Big "NO!": Silver yells this when the treasure starts to fall into the centroid.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While Silver and Jim part as friends, and Jim is shown to be on the way to a better future, there's no strong indication that Silver and Jim will ever meet again.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Amelia and Delbert's children. One has red hair, one has blonde hair, and two have brunette. Their names are not known.
  • Book Ends: Jim riding his homemade solar surfer and being brought to the Benbow Inn by the police.
  • Bridal Carry: With B.E.N. commenting on the implications
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Jim Hawkins, according to his mother in an overheard conversation.
    "... And you know how smart he is. He built his first solar surfer when he was eight! And yet he's failing in school..."
  • Break Up Make Up Scenario: Jim and Silver.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Justified, since BEN's eyes are light-up displays.
  • Chance Activation: After the Benbow Inn has been burnt down and the Hawkinses are staying with Dr. Doppler, the good doctor is explaining that he has no clue of function of the "odd little sphere" which Jim now possesses. Cue Jim fiddling around with the sphere and unlocking it, thereby discovering its function: a map containing the location of the legendary Treasure Planet.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The artificial gravity.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Morph. He's a shapeshifter. The moment he and the map-ball are in the same close-up practically SCREAMS "Before the movie's over, I'm gonna morph into this ball".
  • Chekhov's Skill: Solar surfing, and this quote:
    ''And you know how smart he is. He built his first solar surfer when he was eight!"
  • Click Hello: Dr. Doppler does this to a pirate after being captured.
  • Combat Stilettos: Captain Amelia dons a thigh-high pair of these as part of her outfit.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Part of Jim's main character arc.
  • Composite Character: Doctor Delbert Doppler fulfills the roles of both Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney.
  • Conspicuous CG: Actually, it's deliberate. The technological parts of machines, most obviously the ships, were done with CGI, while organic things like aliens and nature were drawn by hand. It was deliberately about 40/60.
    • Most of the CGI is actually integrated very well with the 2D animation. The Space Whales, on the other hand, are rather egregious.
  • Cool Gate: The portal.
  • Cool Starship: The RLS Legacy. Her sails seem to have aspects of solar sails, photovoltaic cells, and ram scoops, all packaged up in a spacefaring 18th century frigate.
  • Creator Cameo: John Musker and Ron Clements appear giving Jim and Doppler directions during the scene at the spaceport.
  • Cryptic Conversation: B.E.N.'s patchwork memory about the planet.
  • Cyber Punk/Steam Punk: A nice blend, with designs for the costumes, machinery, and ships that look distinctly Steam Punk in origin mixed with power, concepts, and designs from Cyber Punk.
  • Death Glare: A very nicely done one from Jim to B.E.N.
    Jim Hawkins: If I'm not back in five minutes, leave without me.
    Ben: I am not leaving my buddy Jimmy!
    (Death Glare)
    Ben: ... Unless he looks at me like that. Bye, Jim!
    • Also, Captain Amelia gives Doctor Doppler a quick one before turning around then grabbing his jaw to stop him from babbling.
    • Silver himself gives a non comedic example to Jim. If not for a convenient explosion, he probably would have done more than just glare.
    • The entire negotiation between Jim and Silver, when Silver tries to convince him to give over the map and join him in sharing the treasure, basically consists of Jim giving him a several minute long Death Glare while Silver tries (and fails) to soften him up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much everyone aboard the R.L.S. Legacy. Justified in Dr. Doppler's case, considering who his voice actor is.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Captain Amelia.
  • Desert Island: B.E.N. is marooned on Treasure Planet.
  • Despair Speech: Dr. Doppler gives a short one when Captain Amelia is seriously injured and he can't help her, outpouring his emotions in a tremendous run-on sentence, seriously believing all is lost.
    Dr. Doppler: Dang it, Jim. I'm an astronomer, not a doctor! I mean, I am a doctor but I'm not that kind of doctor I have a doctorate; it's not the same thing, you can't help people with a doctorate, you just sit there and you're useless!
  • Disappeared Dad: One of the few—if only—Disney movies where the parent actually walks out on his family rather than dying.
  • Dismissing a Compliment: Amelia tells Silver he can stow the flattery.
  • Distant Prologue: The opening sequence takes place 12 years before the story's main events.
  • Disney Death: Averted with Mr. Arrow, which wouldn't be such a big deal if a different Disney-affiliated Treasure Island adaptation hadn't played it straight.
  • Disney Dog Fight
  • Disneyfication: Silver isn't anywhere as nice in the original book. And Billy Bones was a most unwelcome guest at the Benbow, staying several months before he died. And Mr. Arrow was a drunk.
  • Disney Villain Death: Misters Hands, Dogbreath and Mackriki when they fall from the longboat room. Misters Pigors and Turnbuckle fall towards the exploding planet's core. Last but not least, Mr. Scroop: in his case, a villain falls up. So, Inverted Trope?
  • Dogfaces: Doppler.
  • Emo Teen: Jim is, rather understandably, pretty down in the beginning.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning/When Things Spin, Science Happens: The map, and the core of Treasure Planet.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Even Dr. Doppler seems surprised that this is the case.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: B.E.N, when he gets his missing piece back.
    B.E.N: It's all flooding back! All my memories! Right up until Flint pulled my memory circuit so I could never tell anybody about his booby trap!
    [B.E.N makes a face, an explosion is heard]
    B.E.N: (Quietly) Speaking of which...
  • Expy: Mr. Onyx in Battle at Procyon looks almost exactly like Mr. Arrow and even has the same attitude.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The eyes of one particular alien pirate (according to the artbook, his name is Mackriki) are in his throat.
  • Face Heel Revolving Door: Long John Silver.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Turnbuckle, Amelia's helmsman.
  • Face Palm: No less than three:
    • A Double Facepalm when Jim and Silver give up protesting about having to work together.
    • Doppler's Freudian Slip (see below).
    • Jim also gives us one as B.E.N cheerfully leaves to disable the Legacy's laser cannons.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The movie begins with young Jim reading a book about pirates and treasure.
  • Fairy Companion: Morph (though he/it is also a Small Annoying Creature for some).
  • Fashionable Asymmetry:
    • Silver's one cybernetic eye, arm and leg.
    • Jim's gold earring.
  • Freudian Slip: Oh lawd.
    Amelia: Actually, Doctor, your astronomical advice was most helpful.
    Doppler: Well, u-uh, thank you. Thank you very much. Well, I have a lot of help to offer, anatomically—amanamonically—as...astronomically. *Facepalm*
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Played with in that it's the villain who has to make the choice. And he chooses the friend.
  • Full Name Ultimatum: Jim's mom gives one at the beginning of the movie. His middle name is "Pleiades"
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Several humanoid characters including Captain Amelia and Dr. Delbert Doppler.
  • Fungus Humongous: Treasure Planet's aesthetic.
  • Funny Robot: BEN.
  • Fun with Subtitles: For the Flatulent alien speech, the DVD subtitle track in English contains such highlights as [angry farting noises], [poit], and [eek! eek! eek! eek!]
  • Gasshole: Doctor Doppler, who speaks Flatula—a LANGUAGE made up of farting noises.
  • Gender Equals Breed: The children of Captain Amelia and Delbert Doppler in the end. Though the spinoff games point towards Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism. They were the same species.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Captain Amelia's most endearing quality.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In chronological order:
    • When the two cops ask Doppler whether or not he is Jim's father, Sarah frantically rejects such a notion, emphasizing that by throwing in a "Eww!" sound. The look Doppler's gives her in reply is priceless.
    • When Silver first meets Dr. Doppler, the cyborg scans the doctor with his laser eye. Doppler covers his groin with his hands when Silver scans down there.
    • Amelia's mention of Silver's "spaceport floozies".
    • There is just no way that Silver's jab about "Mr. Mop and Mrs. Bucket" was a coincidence.
    Jim: I've got your "Mr. Mop."
    • Delbert's Freudian Slip (see above).
    • Also, when Amelia first looked at Doppler, look at his eyes. They're looking at her breasts!
  • Gonna Need a Bigger Ship: A pirate shouts this when Silver's group finds out that there is way more treasure than their ship could possibly carry.
  • Good Samaritan: Jim to Bones.
  • Gravity Sucks: Most of the deaths.
  • Handshake Refusal: Jim Hawkins does this to Long John Silver. At first, it's because he's a cyborg and he accidentally left his hand in knife mode. Then it's just a sign of distrust.
  • Happily Married: Doppler and Amelia in the end.
  • Hard Head: Bones. Jim thinks he hit his head too hard, but his babbling does make sense.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Silver.
  • Hive Mind: The cyborg cops in the beginning show this trait from time to time.
  • Hidden Badass: The bumbling, easily-flustered Dr. Doppler shows off his badassery, impressing more than a few people, most notably Captain Amelia, his future wife.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs
  • Husky Russkie: The Procyons in Battle at Procyon.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: In his cybernetic arm, Silver has about a dozen cooking tools, a pistol, a sword, a crutch, and a vice, as well as all the necessary gears and other cyborg guts. He also has an Arm Cannon, but half of that appears to be strapped to his leg.
  • I Can Still Fight: Captain Amelia. "Nonsense. Cup of tea and I'll be right as rain."
  • Idiot Ball: Yeah, Jim, go ahead and piss off the spider/scorpion/lobster thing with the obvious big evil yellow eyes. It's the weakness of a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Ignored Confession: "You have...wonderful eyes." "...She's lost her mind!"
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: "Dang it, Jim. I'm an astronomer, not a doctor!"
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: The Star Map.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: The good captain's got what look like an 18-inch waist and 40-inch hips.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Awesomely played straight, and even more awesomely lampshaded. During their escape from the ship, Dr. Doppler screws up his eyes and fires a pistol for the first time in his life (well... for the first time on purpose, anyway)—and the shot hits a hatch, ends up tossing several pirates out into space. Amelia stares, wild-eyed in surprise. Dr. Doppler stares at his gun, every bit as surprised as she is.
    Amelia: Did you actually aim for that?
    Dr. Doppler: You know, actually, I did.
    • Doubles as a Chekhov's Skill, early in the movie we see his status as a physicist give him spatial/vector awareness required for making those sorts of calculations mentally.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: Explained for the most part.
  • In Harm's Way: Jim has a bad case of it.
  • Interface Spoiler: In Battle At Procyon, the Skirmish factions easily reveal that the ironclads are of Procyon origin.
    • Mission 9 may also result in this. When coming into visual range of the ironclad refuelling barge in the nebula, your spotter has a chance of saying "Procyon vessel sighted!"
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jim and Long John Silver.
  • Interspecies Romance: Maybe. Given the Gender Equals Breed facet mentioned above, it could be that Dr. Doppler and Captain Amelia are actually members of the same sexually dimorphic species. Silver is probably one as well, albeit one that's rather big.
    • The PC game Battle at Procyon offers more evidence for this, as you can have a number of dog and cat people join your crew. All the males are canine, while the females are all feline.
  • Ironic Echo: "All my life I've dreamed of an adventure like this."
  • Jail Bait: Even the babysitters say, "Jim's hot for a cartoon." More of a harmless fandom running joke; Jim seems to appeal to some 17 - 26 year old devotees who still adore him in spite of the fifteen year old age range, and he's the subject of every Disney crossover (or sometimes non-Disney) involving an older woman(or men), raunchily or not.
  • Jerkass: Leland Hawkins. Leaving his wife and child behind and never even bother to write to them. He definitely qualifies.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: John Silver.
  • Jumped at the Call: Delbert has been waiting for an adventure like this to happen all his life.
    Delbert: I really, really, really, REALLY want to go.
  • Just in Time: The escape from Treasure Planet.
  • Karma Houdini: Silver may be a much better person by the end, but he still gets away with theft, mutiny and a lot of child endangerment.
  • Karmic Death: Scroop, who meets his end in a nearly identical fashion to the way he sent Mr. Arrow to his own demise.
  • Kubrick Stare: Both Jim and Silver have their fair share of this throughout the film.
  • Large And In Charge: While Silver isn't exactly the biggest of the pirates (Mr. Hands is bigger still), he's bigger and stronger than most of them. Especially clear when he brutally manhandles Mr. Scroop.
  • Leitmotif: Several. Jim has a very prominent one, as well as Silver - or, particularly, Silver's good side.
  • Legend Of Chekhov: His mother assures Jim that Treasure Planet is just a legend.
  • Lethal Chef: B.E.N. tries to serve Amelia and Delbert "drinks" that appear to consist of machine fluids, although that's more the old "robots drink motor oil" gag coupled with a robot who hasn't had any contact with carbon-based lifeforms in over a century. Apparently, he gets better once he starts working at the new Benbow Inn in the finale.
  • Like a Son to Me: John Silver's relationship with Jim, especially at the end, definitely invokes this trope along some Parental Substitute.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Apparently no one aboard the Legacy bothered to take an extra change of clothing for the voyage. Except for Silver, who changed his pants halfway through (because the stripes were too time consuming to draw).
    • Justified in the case of Amelia and Arrow, as they are both in uniform.
  • Living MacGuffin: Only Jim can open the star-map.
  • Logo Joke: The second trailer has the Disney star streak morph into the spaceport.
  • Lost Technology: Any mother's son calling himself a troper can recognize this one, even if it's only hinted at remotely: The Treasure Planet, the map, and the portal are on a whole different level from anything else in the film, and promotional material makes reference to some really smart aliens having built them. Supposedly Flint stumbled upon them and had a really profitable idea.
  • Loveable Rogue: Silver.
  • Mad Oracle: The hermit robot, B.E.N., is a bit scatterbrained from being marooned on a desert island... Er, planet. Literally having lost his "mind" helps too. Although is not so much as lost, as Flint "holding onto it" for him.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Flint's trove explodes, taking Treasure Planet with it.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Of Amelia and Delbert's children, they have three daughters and one son.
  • Match Cut: The "I'm Still here" sequence has many of these.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    Silver: Morph, I have a job for you. Keep an eye on this here pup.
    Jim: Yeah, but I'm gonna change all that.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Hands has four hands.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: We see three year old Jim and his pop-up book before jumping twelve years later and getting on with the plot.
  • Missing Trailer Dialogue: From the theatrical trailer:
    Silver: You think a pup like you can take on the likes of me?!
    Jim: Watch me!
  • Mistaken Identity: Dr. Doppler mistakenly, but understandably, assumes that Mr. Arrow is the captain of the RLS Legacy.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jim Hawkins, evidently backed by the strong flow of fangirls. Though why else would Jim have flippy hair, have so many action scenes and wear a military uniform at the end?
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Mr. Hands.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes:
    B.E.N.: Jimmy, I—I don't know about you, but I'm starting to see my life pass in front of my eyes. At least, I think it's my life. WAS I EVER DANCING WITH AN ANDROID NAMED LUPE?!
  • Mythology Gag: When the pirate crew accuses Silver of having a soft spot for Jim, Silver excuses himself by claiming he's only trying to avoid suspicion by cozying up to him. While this isn't true for the film's Silver, it perfectly describes Long John Silver from the original novel.
  • Never Trust a Title: No part of Battle at Procyon actually takes place at Procyon, not even the skirmish maps in Procyon territory. It's lampshaded in the credits.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Doppler hires all the movie's antagonists in one pirate crew.
  • No Indoor Voice: B.E.N. It nearly gets Jim and company killed a few times.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: B.E.N. has this in spades, much to the annoyance of Jim.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Jim and Silver's developing father-son relationship is by far and away the most important arc in the movie.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Trope Namer. Dr. Doppler seems to know basic first aid, but he's useless beyond that, and he knows it.
    • This is also a shout-out to Star Trek's Doctor McCoy: "Dang it, Jim. I'm an astronomer, not a doctor!"
  • Obviously Evil: Scroop. Also, Captain Flint from the introduction story.
  • Oh, Crap: Ben gets one of these moments when he goes to disable the laser cannons.
    Ben: Disable a few laser cannons, what is the big deal? All we gotta do is find that one little wire...
    [Ben opens some electrical doors, revealing a mess of wires]
    Ben: Oh mama!
    • Meltdown (the fat pirate) also fits this trope:
    Doppler: Excuse me, brutish pirate.
    Meltdown: [Belches]
    Doppler: Yes, you. I have a question. Is it that your body is too massive for your teeny-tiny head... or is it that your head is too teeny-tiny for your big, fat body?!
    Meltdown: [Grabs Doppler] I PUMMEL YOU GOOD!
    Doppler: Yes, I'm sure you will, but before you do, I have one more question! [pulls out a gun and points it at pirate] Is this yours?
    Meltdown: [Stares at the gun in shock] Uhhhhhh....
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Silver, toward the end. He always tried to sweet talk The Captain. Then...
  • Outrun the Fireball: Two examples:
    • The black hole sequence, where they actually use the fireball itself to give them enough power to outrun it.
      • This is pure Rule of Cool; if anyone actually tried that at that distance, they would first die from radiation burns, then be vaporized by the heat. When the red 'mist' starts wafting around the ship is the worst moment; that 'mist' is plasma.
    • The climax, where they sail through the portal and to Montressor spaceport just ahead of Treasure Planet exploding behind them.
  • Papa Wolf: John Silver. He becomes fiercely protective of Jim and essentially gives up everything, including his life's dream, for him in the end.
  • Parental Abandonment: The only song in the movie is about Parental Abandonment. In fact, Disney said they specifically geared the film to single-parent households. Appropriate, since it is Jim's motivation for befriending Silver.
  • Parental Substitute: Silver is a mentor and father-figure to Jim. Considering how the story goes, this is one of the more turbulent examples, but it all worked out in the most satisfying way possible.
  • Petting Zoo People: Most of the cast!
  • Pirate Booty: Of course!
  • Pirate Parrot: Morph is an IN SPACE example, imitating form as well as speech.
  • Planet of Hats: The DVD extras reveal that Montressor is a "mining planet". There is a mining operation which Jim flies through early in the film, but otherwise this isn't elaborated on.
  • Portal Network
  • Precursors: Built Treasure Planet and the star-map, according to the supplemental material.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Silver (cycling through Flint's portal): "WHERE'S. THAT. BLASTED. TREASURE?!"
    • Silver strikes again with: "Change in plan, lads! We! Move! Now!"
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes:
    "Oh, can those eyes get any bigger?"
  • Really Smart Aliens: The architects of the whole Treasure Planet shebang, and the portal.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Treasure Island IN SPACE!... WITH FURRIES!
    • Apparently, the working title for the movie was even "Treasure Island in Space".
      • The Chinese title of the movie translates into what can best be described as "The Star Island of Silver," ("星银岛") which is a pun on the standard Chinese translation of the novel's title, i.e. "The Island of Gold and Silver" ("金银岛"). The first two characters of either of them rhyme.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Silver's cybernetic eye turns red during his... less friendly moments (not necessarily correlated with which side he's on at the time). Normally, it's gold.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Just who built Treasure Planet, and where did they go?
    • The artbook, A Voyage of Discovery, explains that Treasure Planet was actually built by an ancient race called the Forefathers who used the portal to learn more about other alien cultures. They eventually disappeared and left the entire planet behind.
  • The Right Hand of Doom: John Silver's cybernetic right hand, with a robotic peg leg.
  • Rule of Cool: More or less everything.
  • Sailor's Ponytail: Jim sports one.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: The daughters of Delbert and Amelia. Thankfully, they can be distinguished by their individual hair color.
  • Scenery Porn: Really, does this one need to be explained?
  • Schizo Tech: It combines 19th-century sailing technology, with technology that appears to have been made centuries into the future.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: But we don't really care, do we?
  • Screen Shake: Happens when Silver screams "NOW!!!" at Morph after ordering Morph, who is hovering uncertainly beside Jim, to come.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Played so straight, as with any story involving a forgotten treasure trove.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Amelia, Dr. Doppler, and even Silver both provide quite a bit of this.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Surprisingly, for a Disney movie. Amelia has a broken rib, and Dr. Dopper says "Let me take a look at that." The camera pans away.
    • Another reason is to avoid showing the nature of Amelia's injury.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Every time the movie takes a dramatic or serious turn, Morph disappears. Not B.E.N., but that's because he's plot important.
    • Most noticeable when Morph is sucked away in a pipe while Jim takes out the Big Bad.
  • Shout-Out: To (would you believe?) The Catcher in the Rye in a deleted scene, N. C. Wyeth, and of course Star Trek.
    "Dang it, Jim. I'm an astronomer, not a doctor! I mean, I am a doctor, but I'm not that kind of doctor."
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Though he's not completely absent from the trailers, it's pretty clear from the promotional material that Doppler must have been considered the least marketable character. Perhaps most tellingly, the VHS and DVD cover used the same poster as shown above on this page, except edited to remove Doppler and replace him with Silver (and put a very goofy an uncharacteristic smile on Amelia's face). Note that Silver already is on the original poster, just farther in the background and not in the main group of heroes - his place was taken by Scroop on the edited poster.
  • Sky Surfing: Jim's favorite high-adrenaline hobby.
  • Slipped the Ropes: Done hilariously with Dr. Doppler. Turns out, he has abnormally thin wrists.
  • Small Annoying Creature: Morph.
  • The Sociopath: Scroop is one who's portrayal is disturbingly realistic.
  • Space Is an Ocean: And everything that goes with it:
  • Spit Take: Inverted by Silver when Arrow tells him that Jim will be working with him.
  • Spot of Tea: Amelia, Of Course.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Silver is surprisingly good at this.
  • Stealth Pun: Dr. Doppler is a dog-like alien. The meal Sarah serves him in his first scene at the Benbow Inn looks like dog food and is served in what looks like a dog dish, but even the name follows this theme: Alponian chowder.
    • Also Morph as a substitute for the traditional pirate's parrot. He's a polymorph.
  • Steam Punk: Oodles of it. The overall aesthetic style, along with Space Is an Ocean. Mixed in a very interesting way with Cyber Punk.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: The Captain.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Sarah is the older, female version of her teen son, Jim Hawkins.
    • And for the children of Delbert and Amelia: The girls (despite each having a different hair color) are a spitting image of their mother, especially the one with Amelia's hair color. And their son is an exact replica of his father.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: John Silver's bionic arm.
  • Take My Hand: Silver to Jim in the climax.
  • Take That: As Dr. Delbert Doppler begins to freak out over Captain Amelia's worsening condition in the aftermath of escaping the ship after the pirates take it over, he goes on a rant that he's not an actual doctor, claiming that having a Doctorate is useless when it comes to actually helping people.
  • Teens Are Short: Jim is fifteen, but he can't be more than 5-and-a-half feet tall; he's even shorter than his mother. Granted, his shortness makes Silver's and Mr. Arrow's downright hugeness stand out more, as well as making Scroop and the larger aliens appear more menacing by comparison. It even accentuates Capt. Amelia's statuesque height.
    • If you watch the reunion scene closely, you can see that Jim's actually as tall as his mother, and later at the inn's reopening, Jim's grown taller. Obviously, he was just waiting for a growth spurt.
    • At the beginning, when he is taken home by the robot cops, he is around the badges' height, at the end he is at shoulder height to them.
  • That's No Moon!: Treasure Planet turns out to be a giant artificial construct, with Flint's trove hidden in the core, and the whole planet was rigged to explode should anyone try to take it.
    • There's also the spaceport, which was intentionally built to resemble a crescent moon from a distance.
  • Think Nothing of It: After Jim prompts the robot cop about the precise offense.
  • Thigh-High Boots: Captain Amelia.
  • Timeskip: About 12 years after the Distant Prologue, and another one (probably less than two years) for the epilogue.
  • Token Human: Jim, as the Audience Surrogate.
  • Trailers Always Lie: For a guy who doesn't even appear until somewhere during the last half of the movie, the trailers sure did love B.E.N.
  • Treasure Map: A holographic one.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Jim. Hawkins. Fangirl reactions defined this Trope for you without saying.
  • Weld The Lock: Captain Amelia welds the hatch to prevent the pirates from getting in.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: So, Amelia is a Cat Folk, Doppler is a Dog Man, John Silver looks like some kind of shaved bear, Morph is a Squishy Pink Thing, and Scroop is a Spider-Scorpion. Guess who the bad one is!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Quite a few of Silver's crew members just disappear without explanation throughout the movie. We see several of them being killed both in the fights with Jim and his friends and during the destruction of the planet. At the end of the movie we see less than ten surviving crew members tied up in the ship's hold, despite the fact than not nearly that many had been shown dying. The farting alien is notably last seen sleeping and snoring loudly in the bunk above Jim and takes no part in any of the ensuing action sequences.
  • What Song Was This Again?: The French version of "I'm Still Here" is translated to "Un Homme Libre" (A Free Man) and becomes less of a song about a boy telling off the universe and something more like 'if you feel like a reject, maybe you should run away'.
  • Wooden Ships and Iron Men: To a degree. It's been somewhat Disneyfied, but the pirates themselves evoke this trope. Quite literally in Silver's case.
  • X Meets Y: Spelljammer meets Treasure Island.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: So Silver's got the treasure that he's spent a good chunk of his life searching for, and given up an arm, leg, and eye for. A few kabooms later pretty much all of it's gone. Ouch.
    Silver: Just a lifelong obsession, Jim. I'll get over it.
    • Earlier, while hiding in a barrel, Jim overhears Silver disavow his previous encouraging speech about Jim having "the makings of greatness in you" to the other pirates. The look on the Jim's face is clearly resigned disappointment; he's had this kind of thing happen before.
  • Younger Than They Look: Jim, at first take, looks a bit older than "fifteen" despite the shortness.
  • Zeerust: Invoked. Space is filled with luminiferous aether capable of propelling any vehicle Baron Munchausen might've dreamed up. So long as it looks piratey.

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