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  • Angst? What Angst?: Lampshaded by Silver when he throws away the treasure to save Jim.
    Jim: Silver! You gave up—!
    Silver: Just a lifelong obsession, Jimbo. I'll get over it.
  • Award Snub: The film lost to Spirited Away in the 2002 Academy Awards.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Base-Breaking Character: B.E.N. People will either find him hilarious or just annoying.
  • Broken Base: To people who watched the film, it's either an underrated classic that should have been more successful or a bizarre, unremarkable and boring failed experiment
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Amelia with Jane Porter. No one's quite sure how that started, but it has at least a little to do with the fact that they were both animated by Ken Duncan.
      • They look very alike, they both have posh British accents, and they both travel by ship to a far-off land. They might as well be alternate universe versions of each other. That's probably a factor.
    • Jim with a lot of different characters.
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  • Cult Classic: Considered by fans to be a forgotten Disney classic, and like Atlantis: The Lost Empire, fans are patiently waiting the day for when Disney chooses to retry this one for one of their live-action remakes.
  • Dork Age: Despite the high praise it received, its financial failure ended up kick-starting Disney's second biggest career-low.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Captain Amelia, partially due to being the major Token Chick in the film, considering that there was a severe lack of female characters in the original Robert Louis Stevenson novel, mostly because she's a badass, snarky, Lady of War. That and other reasons.
    • Scroop, Silver's nightmarishly creepy dragon, despite not having that much screentime before being booted off into space, is well-remembered by fans for his menacing voice, cool design, and successfully murdering Mr. Arrow onscreen.
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  • Estrogen Brigade: Jim himself has perhaps one of biggest collection of fangirls out of all the Disney human males. The fact he is voiced by a now big time celebrity Joseph Gordon-Levitt, his character design, his Troubled, but Cute personality, the fact that he is one of the rare handsome Disney heroes that remains single, his smarts and action scenes are all factors to this, even with the fact that he's 15 years old (probably because he certainly doesn't look that young.)
  • Evil Is Sexy: Some find Bird Brain Mary sexy. According to the commentary, Ron himself finds her sexy.
  • Fanon: Fanfic writers have given Captain Amelia the surname Smollett after the captain from the original story.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Fans of this movie are almost universally fans of Atlantis: The Lost Empire and vice versa, thanks to both of them being Steam Punk Disney adventure movies with a greater focus on action than on music and comedy, that subsequently didn't do well at the box office but are now widely regarded as ahead of their time, and frequently top lists of the most underrated Disney movies.
  • Genius Bonus: Etherium, the substance that fills the space between the planets, the stuff that ships fly through, is based on a real element of 19th century physics, Ether, believed (by some, to this day) to be the medium light travels through, instead of what is now normally taken for "empty space". The concept, once taken for granted, is now only known to those who study 19th century physics, and serious Steam Punk fans.
  • Ho Yay: Silver and Jim's emotionally intense relationship has definitely garnered them a following.
  • It Was His Sled: It's Treasure Island IN SPACE! with Steam Punk elelments—a story that most everybody knows by heart, regardless of whether they've actually read the book. The film does add its own twists and ideas here and there, but as it is otherwise impressively faithful to the book, don't expect any major surprises.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Jim has been paired with every Disney girl ever (particularly Ariel), extending to non-Disney girls like Odette and even anime girls like Sailor Moon and Princess Tutu. Ironically he is a Celibate Hero in the movie. He is also shipped a lot with Silver, and on the crossover slashy side, Sinbad, Aladdin or Dimitri are popularly shipped with him. Let's just say for a film featuring one of Disney's (Renaissance-onward) rare celibate heroes, the fans really like the idea of him finding more adventures out there...
  • Memetic Mutation: The animation frame of Jim turning to Morph. You know the one.
  • Moral Event Horizon: We get the idea that Scroop is a nasty guy, but then he proves it even more by gleefully sending Mr. Arrow to his death via black hole, only to turn around and place the blame entirely on Jim. In the end, Jim sends him tumbling into space in a similar manner.
    Scroop: Do say hello to Mr. Arrow for me.
    Jim: Tell him yourself!
  • Narm: The fact that just simple rope is used for the ship's safety lifelines if people end up getting thrown out into space. You'd think there would be something more high-tech in this universe.
  • Older Than They Think: By sheer coincidence, a Bulgarian animated film titled Planetata na Sakrovishtata ("The Treasure Planet"), also an adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel set in space, predates this movie by exactly twenty years. It's notable for being the first full-length animated feature to come out of Bulgaria, and also for being unnervingly bizarre.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Nautical puns aside, there's a substantial portion of fans that ship Captain Amelia with Jim's mom. No, we're not quite sure how it started either, aside from the obvious.
  • Spiritual Licensee: This is as close as we'll ever come to a Spelljammer movie. Or an Edge Chronicles movie, for that matter.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Scroop is easily the most distinctive and characterized of Silver's pirate crew, and the writers seem to hint that he'll play Starscream given Silver's increasingly sympathetic nature and Scroop's clear dissatisfaction with following orders, but aside from killing Mr. Arrow and a fight with Jim, Scroop doesn't do much. He doesn't make it to the climax.
  • Ugly Cute: Morph's basically a wrinklier floating Ditto, but you can't help but go "Awww!" whenever you see him.
  • Uncanny Valley: In the film, Mr. Arrow appears fine, but as a physical 3-D toy? Not so much.
  • Vindicated by History: Was a Box Office Bomb at the time of its release, but it managed to gather a decent fanbase over time and is now regarded by some as a forgotten Disney classic.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The whole movie easily qualifies; the space sequences in particular are stunning.
    • Much like The Iron Giant, the blending of traditional and computer animation is amazing. Especially with Silver, a hand drawn character, and his CG robotic arm, leg and eye.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Like Atlantis: The Lost Empire before it, it tries to draw in an adult crowd with its highly thematic sci-fi settings and story, along with fantastical effects and large amounts of action along the way. It received considerably higher praise than the aforementioned film, but not enough to secure success at the box office. History, however, has proven kinder to it and it is now an emerging Cult Classic.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jim could easily fall into woobie status, given his Disappeared Dad, stressful home life, and the unbelievable amount of abuse he receives from pretty much every character except Delbert and B.E.N.
    • Morph resembles a kicked puppy when Silver tells Jim that he cares just about the treasure.

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