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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 IslandIN SPACE! Literally. A passion project from Disney's most prolific directing team of John Musker and Ron Clements, the duo spent sixteen years pitching the film before it was finally released in 2002. Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzenik provided the songs.

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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  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Doppler nervously fires off a pistol and the bullet sends a chandelier crashing down on the pirates. Doppler himself is astounded.
  • 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. She has to sit most of the third act out as she's injured, but until then, she's very capable of taking charge of the ship during its descent into a black hole, and is more than prepared to take out all the pirates via handgun. Her first introduction has her backflipping into view.
  • 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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Silver takes to calling Jim "Jimbo", even after revealing his true colors towards him.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: 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: Downplayed with the search for the titular planet and Captain Flint's treasure, which was lost when the entire planet is destroyed by Flint's booby trap, meaning everybody involved left almost empty-handed. However, Silver managed to grab a handful of treasure into his pocket beforehand - which he gave up to Jim so he and his mother can use it to rebuild Benbow Inn as an apology for Silver and his crew destroying it at the beginning of the film. Moreover, the bond forged between the main characters and all the character development they went through along the journey more than made up for the lost treasure.
  • 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.)
    • The same also goes for the junior novelization, which gives more interesting details about the characters, Jim's (teenage) life before the beginning of the film, the everyday life onboard the R.L.S Legacy during the voyage, and many of Jim's thought processes. Perhaps most interestingly describing what went through his mind after learning of Silver's true colors, such as beating himself up for being fooled and being incredibly hurt over the betrayal.
  • Ambiguously Human: Long John Silver has very brutish, heavyset and bearlike facial features, but no obviously animalistic traits like Doppler and Amelia, and lacks anything else like Four-Fingered Hands that might settle the issue. Since Jim and his mother are the only clearly human characters in the whole film, it remains to be seen whether Silver is actually a member of a mostly humanlike species or simply a very homely man.
    • His remaining ear is more bear-like, and Word of God is he's an alien.
  • 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.
  • 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. He murders Mr. Arrow with a smile on his face. Later, as he runs into Jim on the ship, he is downright excited to execute the teen.
  • Babies Ever After: Dr. Doppler and Captain Amelia are seen with four children in the finale, with three girls and a boy.
  • 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: B.E.N., after he finally gets his memory back, manages to put his knowledge of Treasure Planet to use and navigate the others out of its explosion.
  • Badass in Distress: Captain Amelia is shot during the mutiny and Dr. Doppler has to take care of her from that point forward. When it's time to leave, she has to instruct him while he steers the ship.
  • Beast Man: A significant part of the cast, most importantly the cat-like Captain Amelia, the dog-like Dr. Doppler, the bear-like Silver, the turtle-like Billy Bones and the arachnid Scroop. Humans are actually a minority compared to them, even behind robots.
  • Becoming the Mask: Silver genuinely starts caring for Jim despite trying to put up a front about it at first.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Doctor Doppler and Captain Amelia often snipe at one another through the film, but a compliment and longing look here and there makes it clear it's not all vitriolic. They become an Official Couple by the epilogue.
  • 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. The entirety of Treasure Planet is a mechanism in and of itself, with its core serving as the treasure trove. It also has its own security system/booby trap, which the character unknowingly set off as they enter.
  • 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 is an alien creature that appears to be a mix of a scorpion and a spider. Practically every scene he's in has him crawling down the walls and floors very creepily.
  • Big Dumb Object: Treasure Planet. Though originally just the destination of the characters, it turns out that it really is an object, not a planet, and its core is the treasure trove.
  • Big "NO!": Silver yells this when the treasure starts to fall into the centroid.
  • Binomium ridiculus: Dr. Doppler identifies a species of Space Whale as "Orcus galacticus".
  • 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 (like Delbert) and cat people (like Amelia) 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 is later paralleled by him using a solar surfer to escape Treasure Planet. This highlights his Character Development throughout the film, as in the first scene, he's clearly doing so just for an adrenaline rush, and it gets him in trouble. In the next, he's using his skill to get him and the others to safety.
  • 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, of a non-romantic variety. After Jim discovers Silver's true colors, the two become enemies for most of the third act, with both of them trying to use the map to find the treasure. They make amends and part on good terms later.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Justified, since BEN's eyes are light-up displays.
  • Cathartic Chores: Jim finds himself assigned as "cabin boy" aboard the RLS Legacy, a position no better than busser at his mother's Benbow Inn. One job that the bullish Mister Silver dumps on Jim is cleaning the galley's huge backlog of uncleaned cookware and tableware. With a dour pout, Jim sets to work on a stewpot. Hours later, Silver comes to check on Jim, and finds him dozing over a stewpot. Silver then sees all his cookware gleaming and organized, which elicits a fatherly smile from the galley chief. Jim might be a malcontent firebrand, but he's definitely no slacker.
  • 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: A line from Jim's mother at the start of the film mentions that he built his first solar surfer, the skateboard-like device he rides in the beginning, when he was eight. Jim uses both his mechanic and flying skills to great affect when Treasure Planet is collapsing.
  • *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.
    Doppler: Is this yours?
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • A minor case with Silver's lower half clothing. For the majority of the voyage while getting close to Jim, he wears a pair of casual red and green patterned pants. Once he reveals his true nature to Jim, however, he wears all red pants for the remainder of the film.
    • Jim's clothing portrays his character development throughout the film. He starts out wearing mainly black clothing to symbolize how closed off he is, along with still grieving his father's abandonment. As he settles into the voyage and gets closer to Silver, he drops the black jacket and wears more earthly colors as he slowly starts opening up and grows more confident (he then momentarily dons the black jacket again following Mr. Arrow's death that he's tricked to blame himself for). At the end of the film, he arrives in his mother's inn, wearing a heroic, all white uniform to symbolize the peak of his character development.
  • 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. He begins the film as a moody troublemaker, convinced that no one expects anything from him. Over the course of the story, he gains a lot more confidence and maturity, and returns home a new person.
  • Composite Character: Doctor Delbert Doppler fulfills the roles of both Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney.
    • Scroop, though being primarily Israel Hands’ expy, has some shades of George Merry thrown in, as it is he who begins to challenge Silver’s authority as the leader.
  • Cool Gate: The portal. Not only does it allow access into Treasure Planet, it can create a portal to anywhere in the galaxy with the press of a button.
  • 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. He recalls Captain Flint removing his memory for some reason, and door "opening and closing". He eventually short-circuits trying to recall this, and Jim has to snap him out of it.
  • Cyberpunk: A nice blend of this with Steampunk, with designs for the costumes, machinery, and ships that look distinctly Steampunk in origin mixed with power, concepts, and designs from Cyberpunk. 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, apart from Morph and possibly Mr. Arrow. Amelia and Jim in particular, as the no-nonsense captain of the ship and a moody teenager, respectively.
  • 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!
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Seriously, was there anyone on the planet - or any planet, really - who didn't think Scroop was going to mutiny? If there's one decision the otherwise-competent Mr. Arrow and Amelia made that was completely idiotic, it was not court-martialing someone that obviously psychopathic the first chance they get.
  • 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. That doesn't happen here, albeit primarily because Mr. Bones doesn't stay for very long.
  • Dismissing a Compliment: Amelia tells Silver he can stow the flattery twice, before and after he turns out to be a pirate and almost gets them all killed.
  • 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 has the nose, mouth, and ears of a dog-like alien, as a contrast to Captain Amelia's feline appearance.
  • 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. He came on the ship with the intent of taking it over and getting to the treasure, only to genuinely care for Jim. Then he lets said care go to get the treasure, but when it's a choice between it and Jim, he chooses the latter. By the film's end, he seems to acknowledge that was he did was immoral, but still chooses to run away over spending life in prison.
  • Face Palm: No less than three:
    • A Double Facepalm when Jim and Silver give up protesting about having to work together.
    • Doppler tries to brag about his astronomical knowledge, only to call it anatomical knowledge. He does this to himself.
    • 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.
    • When the pirates attack the Benbow Inn, they're only visible as shadowed silhouettes, but watch the leader very carefully. It's clearly Silver.
  • Freudian Slip: Just before and just after the escape from the Permusa black hole, Captain Amelia praises Doctor Doppler for his brilliance and thanks him for his help, showing him respect for the first time. It catches him off guard, and he fumbles his words.
    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. Though in the end, he still manages to snag enough treasure to give part of the spoils to Jim.
  • From Zero to Hero: Jim Hawkins starts out as a busboy at his mother's inn near a mining colony. That is, until Jim commits just one more infraction, whereupon he is sent to juvenile hall. Jim gets the Call to Adventure upon receiving the MacGuffin from the dying pirate Billy Bones, which triggers The Hero's Journey to the fabled Treasure Planet. There, a Booby Trap threatens to finish everyone, but Jim Hawkins's MacGyvering allows the RLS Legacy and all aboard to Outrun the Fireball to safety. The story concludes with Jim Hawkins feted at the inn as an enrollee in the Maritime Academy.
  • 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 in general includes a great deal of large, moving plantlife.
  • Funny Robot: BEN, a very energetic robot with memory problems that Jim meets on Treasure Planet. He provides most of the comic relief in the otherwise very tense final act.
  • 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.
  • Gender Equals Breed: The children of Captain Amelia and Delbert Doppler in the end. The boy is the same doglike species as his father, while the girls are felines like their mother.
  • Gentleman Snarker: Captain Amelia's most endearing quality is her succinct sarcasm.
    Amelia: I don't much care for this crew that you hired. They' did I describe them, Arrow? I said something rather good this morning, before coffee.
    Arrow: "A ludicrous parcel of driveling galoots", ma'am.
    Amelia: There you go! Poetry.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Ben, so very much. It doesn't help that he's quite literally lost his mind. His sanity seems to improve somewhat when he gets it back.
    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!
  • 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, after he crash-lands closeby. He takes the injured stranger up to his home so his mother can help him.
  • Gravity Sucks: Most of the deaths in the film are due to this: Mr. Arrow and Scroop are both lost to the void of space, and a good chunk of Silver's crew fall to the depths of Treasure Planet when it begins to come undone.
  • 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 as in the book.
  • Hard Head: Bones. Jim thinks he hit his head too hard, but his babbling does make sense.
  • Hate Sink: Silver is the true leader of the pirates, but he's also too sympathetic to really hate. Thus, we have the creepy, rude and overtly psychopathic Mr. Scroop as the traditional target for the audience to fear and despise. Even Silver has to tell him to knock it off a couple of times because his openly murderous intentions are threatening to blow the mutineers' cover.
  • Heart of the Matter: B.E.N. repeatedly refers to something called "The Heart of the Mechanism" periodically whenever he glitches while trying to access his missing memory unit. This turns out to be a major clue as to the true nature of the title planet as a giant teleportation hub.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Silver, as he keeps having to choose between Jim and the treasure. He ends up choosing Jim.
  • 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, after taking a nasty blast from the cannon. She cannot, as it turns out. "Nonsense. Cup of tea and I'll be right as rain."
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: When the two police robots insult Jim by calling him a wrong choice, dead-ender and a loser, he only reacts to The Triple.
  • Ignored Confession: Amelia gives one to Doppler while he's tending to her wounds, but he's too panicked to make much note of it. "You have...wonderful eyes." "...She's lost her mind!
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Flipped around, as Jim asks Doppler to do something for the injured Amelia. "Dang it, Jim. I'm an astronomer, not a doctor!"
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: The Star Map, used by Flint as access to Treasure Planet. Bones gives it to Jim with the instruction to keep it away from "the cyborg."
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: The good captain's got what look like an 18-inch waist and 40-inch hips.
  • In Harm's Way: Jim has a bad case of it at the beginning of the film, often doing things that break the law simply for the adrenaline rush. He still does it later, but only to help out the others.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jim and Long John Silver, a teenager and a middle-aged alien, respectively. Their bond ends up being almost father-and-son-like.
  • 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.
  • 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. Though he initially threatens, attacks, and manipulates Jim and is most concerned with the treasure, he does genuinely care for him. He chooses to save Jim over leaving with some of the gold.
  • Jump Scare: B.E.N's introduction. Jim and Morph are wandering in Treasure Planet's dark forests. They suspect something is watching them (there is)... silence... cue B.E.N popping up in first person point of view from Jim's perspective!
  • 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. With only one second to spare, Jim hits the right button, and everyone leaves in safety.
  • Karmic Death: Scroop, who meets his end in a nearly identical fashion to the way he sent Mr. Arrow to his own demise.
  • Kick the Dog: Scroop killing Mr. Arrow, seemingly just because he can. You could make the argument that it's because taking him out removes one threat to the mutineers' success, but that doesn't excuse the obvious glee that Scroop takes in doing so.
  • 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."
  • A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...: Earth isn't mentioned and James and his mother are the only two humans we see.

  • 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.
  • 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 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, such as Jim mopping the floor turning into him playing with a toy as a child.
  • 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.E.N. 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 has several arms and is one of the pirates.
  • 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.
    • After having his pegleg damaged, Silver is forced to use his cybernetic arm as a crutch, just like the original incarnation of the character.
  • 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.
  • 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, with a deep, growling voice, glowing yellow eyes, a near-permanent Slasher Smile and a tendency to drag out his words menacingly. Also, he's a black-and-red alien spider who constantly threatens Jim for little reason except to be a dick. Also, Captain Flint from the introduction story, who looks a bit like an alien viper.
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • Pie in the Face: While being chased by Scroop, Morph turns into a pie and smacks him.
  • 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.
  • Planetary Core Manipulation: Its revealed in the climax of the movie that the title planet is actually a giant, alien teleportation hub, the core of which functions as the power regulator. Captain Flint used the core as the place to store his "loot of a thousand worlds," and also booby trapped the thing so if anyone came to take his treasure, the whole place would suffer a destructive meltdown.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Jim and Scroop trade them back and forth in quick succession.
    Scroop: Do say hello to Mister Arrow for me...
    Jim: Tell him yourself!
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Silver, when agitated, barks out each word individually.
    • Amelia occasionally will resort to this as well.
    Captain Amelia: Doctor - and I mean this with the greatest possible respect - zip. Your howling. Screamer.
  • 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 drabloon 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: In general, most of the alien-slash-cyberpunk technology plays on this, with a few minor scientific explanations. The spaceships look just like pirate ships, pistols can shoot balls of energy, the map is capable of opening a portal anywhere in the galaxy, etc.

  • 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.
  • See You in Hell: A variation, when Scroop tauntingly tells Jim "Do say hello to Mr. Arrow for me..." Jim replies, "Tell him yourself!" and kicks Scroop into space.
  • 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. This is most prevalent in Captain Amelia's talk to Doppler and Jim in the beginning.
    Amellia: Doctor. To muse and blabber about a treasure map in front of this particular crew, demonstrates a level of ineptitude that borders on the imbecilic!
  • 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 Dragon.
    • The alien that essentially just served as a fart joke mysteriously disappears just before Jim discovers Silver's mutiny.
  • 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.
  • 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, the Obviously Evil scorpion-like member of Silver's crew. He kills Mr. Arrow simply in revenge for being scolded earlier, and when chasing Jim later, is very excited to end the teen's life.
  • Space Pirates
    • Captain Flint and his dreaded crew, who terrorized the galaxy for years and stole countless amounts of treasure.
    • Then Silver and his crew, albeit their "reign" ends much sooner.
  • 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, as voiced by Emma Thompson.
    Amelia: Cup of tea, and I'll be right as rain.
  • Solar Punk: The movie features a blend of Victorian and Art Nouveau styles with futuristic technology powered by solar sails.
  • Spectacular Spinning: The core of Treasure Planet is always in motion, seemingly due to unknown energy surges being blasted into it.
  • Stealth Pun: The character Mr. Scroop is based on was named Israel Hands in the book. The final character is a big spider-creature...who doesn't really have, well, hands.
  • Steampunk: Oodles of it. The overall aesthetic style, along with Space Is an Ocean. Mixed in a very interesting way with Cyberpunk.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Captain Amelia is the no-nonsense captain of the ship who always keeps her head held high and very rarely jokes around.
  • Stink Snub: The arachnoid Mister Scroop tries to bully Jim Hawkins, but gets called "bright eyes" for his effort. Seizing Jim by the throat, Scroop hisses, "Maybe your ears don't work so good." Jim gasps for breath, then replies, "Yeah. Too bad my nose works just fine," implying Scroop has an unpleasant odor about him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance
    • Sarah is the older, female version of her teen son, Jim Hawkins. They both have messy brown hair and big, open eyes.
    • 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 is capable of turning into a knife, peeler, pistol, etc.
  • Take My Hand: Silver to Jim in the climax, when trying to save him from falling into Treasure Planet's core.
  • 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. He's the only human in the cast sans his mother, and the main character among a crew of aliens.
  • 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. The treasure map, when activated, fills the room its in and creates a replica of the galaxy, all the way to the fabled Treasure Planet.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Jim Hawkins is moody, angsty, and quite the troublemaker, but he is still just a kid who secretly wants to prove himself. This is especially noticeable when Treasure Planet turns out to be real; Jim's genuine excitement is his first moment of genuine, non-adrenaline happiness in the film (as a teen, at least.)
  • Verbal Tic: Doppler has a problem with mixing his words together—"adorable" with "deplorable", "astronomically" with "anatomically", etc. He also tends to ramble when he's excited or under stress.
  • 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'.
  • Wham Line: When B.E.N. regains his memories;
    Right up until Flynn pulled my memory circuits so that I could never tell anyone about his BOOBY TRAP!!
  • 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.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Jim angrily blames himself for Mr. Arrow's death, Silver goes full father figure, grabbing Jim by the shoulder to shake him out of his self-loathing.
    Silver: Now, you listen to me, James Hawkins. You got the makin's of greatness in ya, but you gotta take the helm and chart your own course! Stick to it, no matter the squalls, and when the time comes you get the chance to really test the cut of your sails and show what you're made of...well...I hope I'm there, catchin' some of the light comin' off ya that day.
  • Younger Than They Look: Jim, at first take, looks a bit older than "fifteen" despite the shortness. This might be due to the "shadow" across his eyes that he loses later.
  • Zeerust: Invoked. Space is filled with luminiferous aether capable of propelling any vehicle Baron Munchausen might've dreamed up.


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