Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Disney's Treasure Planet Plush
When I first saw the 2002 film Treasure Planet, I thought "This should have been a computer animated movie." The similar 2000 hand-drawn/CGI hybrid Fox Animation Studios Titan A.E. faced similar box office woes. It's a shame, because Treasure Planet has quite a bit to like, including Jim Hawkins (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and John Silver (Brian Murray). Aside from a McDonald's Happy Meal tie-in, Treasure Planet merchandise was tough to find. The plush toys sold at Disney Stores were among the best items I saw. Filmmakers thought of the part-mechanical Silver as an alien bear creature, and he translates well as a stuffed toy.
Instead of a parrot, Silver has the shape-shifting Morph.
An intergalactic spin on Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, the film even did something different for the music. The songs were performed by John Rzeznik from The Goo Goo Dolls.
Before James Cameron's AVATAR, there was alien kitty Captain Amelia (Emma Thompson).
Captain Amelia eventually marries Jim's canine alien friend, Dr. Doppler (David Hyde Pierce). They even have kids!
Insane robot B.E.N. (Martin Short) was used frequently in the marketing campaign for Treasure Planet. Maybe that scared some people.
Treasure Planet die-cast Disney Wild Racers cars (of B.E.N. and Silver) were announced but never released.
I think a live action Treasure Planet starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt probably would do well these days. I bet someone could talk Emma Thompson and David Hyde Pierce into wearing prosthetic cat and dog makeup.