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There were nights when the winds of the Ethereum, 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.

Young Jim Hawkins is a troubled teenager living in a Space Opera universe of Space Whales, Wooden Ships and Iron Men. The son of a single mother who runs a run-down hotel for space-travelers, Jim is trying - and failing - to cope with the fact that his father abandoned the family years before. And then, one fateful day, a mortally wounded alien crash-lands outside the old hotel, and delivers a mysterious MacGuffin into Jim's hands with three dying words: "Beware the cyborg!..."

Thus begins Jim's quest - a search for the treasure of fabled Space Pirate Captain Flint, the loot of a thousand worlds. Chaperoned by the absent-minded Dr. Delbert Doppler, he joins the crew of the Legacy - including the catlike Captain Amelia, the sturdy (indeed, stony) Mr. Arrow, the menacing scorpion-like Scroop, the lovable veteran space-cook John Silver, and the latter's Empathy Pet, a little blob named Morph - on a voyage that will make them all rich...


Assuming nothing terrible happens.

The film would eventually receive a video game sequel called Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon, featuring an Older and Wiser Jim rising through the ranks of the Imperial Navy.

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  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Mr. Turnbuckle.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Subverted, see Improbable Aiming Skills below.
  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: Implied. Jim has apparently violated a particular law about hoverboarding often enough that, when the robotic constables who are bringing him home forget what number the law has attached to it, he is able to finish the number from memory.
  • Action Girl: Captain Amelia as a Lady of War.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Silver is a bit nicer here than in the book: he keeps his charm and intelligence, but he saves Jim here because he wants to do so, not because he needs him.
    • Mr. Arrow goes from being The Alcoholic to an honorable, by-the-book Drill Sergeant Nasty whose nastiness is directed toward the treacherous crew. Thus, his death carries considerably more weight with our secondary protagonists than his book counterpart's did.
  • Adorkable: Dr. Doppler, even The Captain thinks so.
  • After Action Patchup: Gender Flipped with Dr. Doppler patching up the injured Captain Amelia. It mostly happens off-screen, but is still full of 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.)
  • And This Is for...: An accidental invocation. Scroop tells Jim to "say hello to Mr. Arrow" when he's about to release Jim into space, only for Jim to return the favor and retort Scroop with "Tell him yourself!"
  • 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.
  • Anyone Can Die: After Mr. Arrow dies, Captain Amelia noted that along with everyone else on the ship that he was aware of the risks of searching for Treasure Planet.
  • Arc Symbol: The purp, a violet, juicy fruit that seems to be a cross between a pear and a plum. Pay attention to its usage and appearances in certain scenes, particularly on the voyage to Treasure Planet. Whenever there's a scene of high tension between characters, you'll often find this fruit in the hands of one of them.
    • The first notable example is during the scene where Jim first meets Silver and immediately suspects him to be the very cyborg who burned down the Benbow Inn, and of whom Billy Bones had warned him. Jim's first action as he begins to question Silver is to grab a purp and take a bite or two.
    • Later on, just before Scroop is able to kill Jim for "sniffing about" as he so eloquently put it, Silver appears to rescue Jim. In Silver's hand is a fresh purp, and Silver asks Scroop if he's ever seen what happens to one "when you squeeze real hard."
    • Lastly, when Jim is eavesdropping on the pirates and their plans for mutiny, he's hiding in a barrel full of purps. When Scroop accuses Silver of having a soft spot for Jim, he reaches for a purp and makes a notably graphic demonstration of said soft spot by stabbing the purp with his claw. The purp even noticeably bleeds.
    • A more comical example appears near the beginning of the film. One of Sarah Hawkins' customers, Mrs. Dunwoody, repeatedly asks for a refill on her glass of purp juice as Sarah is being metaphorically pulled tight between other customers and her delinquent son, Jim. The situation is more tense for Sarah than it is for the audience.
  • 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.
  • Artificial Outdoors Display: The windows of the original Benbow Inn can display colorful flowers and chirping birds to mask the cold, colorless exterior. Sarah Hawkins is shown adjusting a control knob to achieve this effect.
  • 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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Scroop. To a ridiculous extreme.
  • Babies Ever After: Dr. Doppler and Captain Amelia, and their children.
  • 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.
  • Badass in Distress: Captain Amelia is shot during the mutiny and Dr. Doppler has to take care of her from that point forward. Leads to Babies Ever After.
  • 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.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The film seems to play on this trope as all the good guys generally have attractive features or at most look "normal" (the only exception perhaps being Mr. Arrow), while Silver's pirate crew, apart from Silver himself, are all hideous alien creatures. Background characters seems to come in all shapes and sizes however.
  • Big Bad Friend: Silver, but a very sympathetic example. He ultimately abandons his riches to save Jim's life.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: 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.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: It's heavily implied that the dog people and cat people are the males and females (respectively) of the same species.
  • 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.
  • 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 Out the Museum Piece: Jim managed to restart Captain Flint's ship to escape the exploding Treasure Planet with the last pile of treasures. Subverted a few moments later when it gets destroyed by a laser when Silver is forced to choose between it and saving Jim's life.
  • 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 of the ship is later used by Jim to defeat Scroop in an Ironic Echo of Mister Arrow's death.
  • 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 lures a mutineer - obviously not one of the bright ones - close enough to invoke this trope with his captor's gun.
  • Combat Stilettos: Captain Amelia dons a thigh-high pair of these as part of her outfit.
  • Composite Character: Doctor Delbert Doppler fulfills the roles of both Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney.
  • 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: A nice blend of this with Steam Punk, with designs for the costumes, machinery, and ships that look distinctly Steam Punk in origin mixed with power, concepts, and designs from Cyber Punk. Notably it existed years before Solar Punk was codified, making it a sort of Ur-Example.
  • 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.
    • Silver also dispenses one to Scroop to keep him in line.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much everyone aboard the R.L.S. Legacy.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Captain Amelia begins the film as a no-nonsense leader of the crew, and though she keeps up the professionalism, she does warm up to both Jim and Doppler as the film progresses.
  • 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. Nor is it 'resolved' with a reappearance. The man's gone. Which is ironic because in the book, Jim's dad died of stress from the overlong stay of Billy Bones.
  • 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: A version of this when Morph grabs the map and both Jim and Silver tries to call him over to one of them. Poor Morph gets so confused he decides to hide instead.
  • 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.
  • Dogfaces: Doppler.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: The map, and the core of Treasure Planet.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Even Dr. Doppler seems surprised that this is the case when he and Captain Amelia are fending off the rogues.
    Captain Amelia: Did you aim for that?
    Doppler:...You know, I actually did!
  • 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...
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The eyes of one particular alien pirate (according to the artbook, his name is Mackriki) are in his throat.
  • Evil All Along: Turnbuckle the helmsman turns out to be in league with the pirates, along with other crew members.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: Long John Silver.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Ship Prefix: The merchant starship RLS Legacy is so named in homage of Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry:
    • Silver's one cybernetic eye, arm and leg.
    • Jim's gold earring.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Captain Amelia and Dr. Doppler. By the end, they are Happily Married.
  • Final Exchange:
    • When Scroop cuts the rope holding Jim onto the Legacy, he boasts "Say hello to Mr. Arrow for me!" Jim then exchanges places and kicks him off while saying "Tell him yourself!" Scroop then realizes too late that it's now he who is drifting into the abyss.
  • Foreshadowing: Mr. Arrow tells Scroop and the other pirates that if they keep up their bad behavior they're going to spend the rest of their journey in the brig. That's where the surviving members of Silver's crew end up.
  • Freudian Slip:
    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*
  • A Friend in Need: Jim and Silver, to each other.
  • 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!]

  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In the game, it is possible to board and capture a Ironclad before The Reveal that the Ironclads are Procyon creations.
  • 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.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Captain Amelia's most endearing quality.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • 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 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).
    • A subtle one, but after Jim and Doppler has met Captain Amelia, Doppler says "That woman! That feline!" Now imagine what he'd be saying had Amelia been a dog person instead of a cat person...
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Ben, so very much.
    Ben: It's just I've been marooned for so long. I mean, solitude's fine. Don't get me wrong. For heaven's sakes, after a hundred years...YOU GO A LITTLE NUTS! Ha ha ha!
    • It doesn't help that he's quite literally lost his mind. His sanity seems to improve somewhat when he gets it back.
  • Gonna Need More X: A pirate shouts they're going to need a bigger boat 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.
  • Happy Ending: Worth mentioning simply because B.E.N's rescue and reform in the movie are similar to the book: in the book, after spending all his share, he comes to live and work at the inn and sings in church on Sundays. Likewise, Silver escapes in the book.
  • 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.
  • Human Aliens: It's mentioned in the art-book that there are aliens that look human except for minor differences. Jim and Sarah, however, are just humans.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: Explained for the most part.
  • In Harm's Way: Jim has a bad case of it.
  • 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. 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."
  • Jerkass: Leland Hawkins. Leaving his wife and child behind. To add insult to injury, he leaves without an explanation or a goodbye to Jim 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Implied between Doppler and Jim's mom, Sarah. They're incredibly close, Doppler is explicitly referred to as an old family friend, and Sarah is Squicked out upon one of the robot cops asking if Doppler is Jim's dad.
  • 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.
  • Literal Metaphor: When BEN says he's 'lost his mind', he's not using a metaphor.
    BEN: You haven't seen it, have you?
  • Living MacGuffin: Only Jim can open the star-map.
  • Logo Joke: The second trailer has the Disney star streak morph into the spaceport.
  • Lonely Bachelor Pad: The compartment where the robot B.E.N. resides blends emptiness with salvage and litter strewn haphazardly. As he explains to the arriving Jim Hawkins, Doctor Doppler, and Captain Amelia: "Sorry about the mess. When you've been baching it for 700 years, you kinda let things go."
  • Lowest Cosmic Denominator: Mentioned. Silver makes several references to "the powers that be" and "kingdom come".

  • Mad Oracle: The hermit robot, B.E.N., is a bit scatterbrained from being marooned on a desert planet. Literally having lost his "mind" helps too. Although not so much as lost, as Flint "holding onto it" for him.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Flint's trove explodes, taking Treasure Planet with it.
  • Married Too Young: The art book explains that Sarah married her husband when she was seventeen and he was nineteen. She ended up pregnant with Jim "sooner than expected" (suggesting a Teen Pregnancy). Jim's father felt constricted with a wife and kid and, despite Jim trying to hard to please his dad, he eventually ran off when Jim was a child. This turned Jim into an angsty teen due to feelings of inadequacy and left his mother Sarah a Struggling Single Mother.
  • 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.
  • Mistaken Identity: Dr. Doppler mistakenly, but understandably, assumes that Mr. Arrow is the captain of the RLS Legacy.
  • Morton's Fork: How Jim sums up the situation he, Doppler, Amelia, and B.O.B. are in when cornered on the planet:
    Jim: Without the map, we're dead. We try to escape, we're dead. We stay here...
    Morph: We're dead! We're dead, we're dead!
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Mr. Hands.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Sarah Hawkins. Especially at the end when Jim's dressed up, you'd be forgiven for thinking she and Jim are around the same age.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not His Sled: In a memorable passage from the book, Jim is chased up the ship's mast by mutineer Israel Hands, who he threatens, "One more step and I'll blow your brains out!". And he does (but he's wounded by Hands' throwing knife). In the movie, Jim is chased up the mast by the Hands analogue, Scroop, but his gun floats away out of reach - presumably because the book death is too family-unfriendly and Scroop gets a Disney Villain Death instead. Amusingly, a 1971 Animated Adaptation that was made for television by Air Programs International actually did include the original scene in all its glory and the adaptation did end up being family friendly. More plausibly due to Scroop never wielding weaponry the throwing knife bit could not be included requiring a complete change of the scene.
  • 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.
  • Obviously Evil: Scroop. Also, Captain Flint from the introduction story.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Arrow just before Scroop cuts his lifeline.
    • 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....
  • O.O.C. 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.
    • 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: This 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.
  • Percussive Maintenance: In an extremity, with death imminent, Jim tries friction-based maintenance - scraping the defunct engine of his plummeting craft against a cliff face in order to jar it back into operation.
  • Petting Zoo People: A significant part of the cast, most importantly the cat-like Captain Amelia, the dog-like Dr. Doppler, the bear-like Silver and the arachnid Scroop. Humans are actually a minority compared to them, even behind robots.
  • Pirate Booty: What makes up the majority of Flint's treasure on the titular planet.
  • 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: Long before Treasure Planet was a hideaway for swag, it was the hub of such a network.
  • Precursors: They built Treasure Planet and the star-map, according to the supplemental material.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Silver, when agitated, barks out each word individually.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes:
    "Oh, can those eyes get any bigger?"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech/Circling Monologue: Jim issues one to Silver after Silver attempts to bargain with him for the map.
    Jim: Boy. You are really something. All that talk of greatness, light comin' off my sails. What a joke.
    Silver: Now, just see here, Jimbo -
    Jim: I mean, at least you taught me one thing. "Stick to it", right? Well, that's just what I'm going to do. I'm gonna make sure you never see one drubloon of MY treasure!
  • Reclaimed By Nature: Though once entirely mechanized, the titular planet has become overgrown with bizarre flora that covers its entire surface. Only B.E.N.'s home lends any clue that advanced science ever existed there. A hatchway in the floor reveals "miles and miles of machinery that run through the entire course of the inside of this planet," all in working condition despite centuries of disuse.
  • 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.
  • The Right Hand of Doom: John Silver's cybernetic right hand, with a robotic peg leg.
  • Rule of Cool: This movie is about adventure, not science. Just enjoy it.

  • Sailor's Ponytail: Jim sports one.
  • Schizo Tech: It combines 18th-century sailing technology with technology that appears to have been made centuries into the future.
  • Screen Shake: Happens when Silver screams "NOW!!!" at Morph after ordering Morph, who is hovering uncertainly beside Jim, to come.
  • Seadog Peg Leg: Long John Silver has a pneumatic peg leg, one of many cybernetic fittings. Jim Hawkins punctures it, crippling Silver, which allows him to escape the galley with intel that the Legacy's crew is composed of pirates.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Played so straight, as with any story involving a forgotten treasure trove.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Amelia, Dr. Doppler, and even Silver all provide quite a bit of this.
  • 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: The spaceport they visit is named Montressor Spaceport, after the protagonist of The Cask of Amontillado.
    • At one point, B.E.N. starts singing "A Pirate's Life for Me" from the Pirates of the Caribbean rides in the Disney theme parks.
    • Stylistically, this film is one big shout-out to Studio Ghibli.
  • Shown Their Work: Looking out of Dr. Doppler's window, we see what appears to be Montressor's crescent moon, with stars visible through the crescentnote  ... But the camera then zooms in, showing that it is in fact a crescent-shaped space station, and that it would be perfectly possible to see stars through the crescent.
  • 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 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 Face: The movie ends with a shot of a nebula in the form of Long John Silver's face.
  • Sky Surfing: Jim's favorite high-adrenaline hobby.
  • Slipped the Ropes: Done hilariously with Dr. Doppler.
    Doppler (cupping his face with his 'bound' hands): I feel like such a useless weakling!... (stares at his hands for a moment) With abnormally thin wrists.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Morph is a cute, playful creature that likes to use his morphing abilities to play jokes on people. Unfortunately for Jim and the others, Morph uses one of said jokes to make himself appear as the map.
  • The Sociopath: Scroop is one whose portrayal is disturbingly realistic.
  • Space Pirates: Captain Flint and his dreaded crew.
  • Space Sailing: The spaceships look exactly like 18th-century ships, equipped with some sci-fi technology such as artificial gravity and solar sails.
  • Spit Take: Inverted by Silver when Arrow tells him that Jim will be working with him.
  • Spot of Tea: Amelia, of course.
  • Solar Punk: The movie features a blend of Victorian and Art Nouveau styles with futuristic technology powered by solar sails.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Silver is surprisingly good at this.
  • 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: Captain Amelia.
  • 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.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Silver while speaking to his crew: "Now, if you pardon my plain speakin', gentlemen, are you all... STARK-RAVING, TOTALLY, BLINKING DAFT?!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The spaceport was intentionally built to resemble a crescent moon from a distance.
  • 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.
  • Verbal Tic: A Running Gag with Doppler.
  • Weld the Lock: Captain Amelia welds the hatch to prevent the pirates from getting in.
  • 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.
    • Amusingly enough, the audio commentary notes that certain characters were intentionally killed off due to how hard they were to draw, such as Mr. Hands, the really big guy that breaks into the ship's armory at the start of the mutiny (who falls to his death the very next time he appears).
  • 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: The technology may be more advanced (mostly), but the atmosphere of the movie fits this trope.
  • 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 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.