Film / Treasure Island 1950
The 1950 film Treasure Island
was the first color adaptation of the novel
. It was directed by Byron Haskin and starred Bobby Driscoll as Jim Hawkins and Robert Newton as Long John Silver, in a performance that did much to shape popular notions of what it means to Talk Like a Pirate
The film was produced by Walt Disney Productions, and is the first Disney
movie to be entirely live-action. (At one point there was a plan for a short animated sequence illustrating a story being told to Jim, a la Song of the South
, but this idea was ultimately abandoned.)
It has an unofficial non-Disney sequel, Long John Silver
(1954), with Byron Haskin and Robert Newton reprising their roles but an otherwise all-new cast.
This film provides examples of:
- Bowdlerise: Adhering to studio ethics, Disney toned down the violence for a 1975 reissue of the film in order to get a G rating. The uncut version was submitted to the MPAA in 1992 with a PG rating.
- Chromosome Casting: The novel had only one minor female character, Jim's mother; the movie has none at all.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Ben Gunn, after being marooned on the island.
- Large Ham: Long John Silver.
- Papa Wolf: Silver towards Jim. He gave up the treasure to save Jim's life instead.
- Public-Domain Character: Everybody from the original novel, which is how Haskin and Newton got away with making an unofficial sequel.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Newton's Silver is the Trope Codifier.