Wow! Just, wow! How could I have forgotten how awesome this movie was?! Wow! I wish I’d have re-watched it sooner, because it definitely would have made its way on the list of my top 13 favorite Disney Canon films!
What film am I talking about? I’m talking about Disney’s 43rd animated feature, “Treasure Planet”!
Released in 2002, “Treasure Planet” tells the story of a young Jim Hawkins who helps his mother run an inn after his father left the family. Jim doesn’t quite get over the fact that his father left, causing Jim to be a somewhat troubled teenager! This leads to frequent altercations with the law as well as frequent arguments with his mother.
Their luck changes when a dying alien named Billy Bones comes to the inn and leaves with Jim a map pointing to a long-lost much sought-after mega treasure! The problem is that Billy Bones is being chased by a bunch of looting pirates who want to steal the map from him. And now that they know that the map is at the inn, they attack the inn, while Jim and his mother barely escape with their lives.
Now intrigued by the ideas of adventure and treasure, Jim tries to convince his mother to allow him to go with a crew to find the treasure in order to help reconstruct the destroyed inn. She reluctantly agrees.
The crew is made up of financier and family friend, Dr. Delbert Doppler,
Captain Amelia…umm…No Last Name,
and of course cyborg Long John Silver, amongst others.
So the film, as you can see, is basically Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” set in outer space/the future/the futuristic outer space! And that makes it seem like the movie would have been an instant mega-hit! Yet, it wasn’t! And I can’t quite understand why! Oh well, regardless of the box office output, I consider this film to be gripping, action-packed, and filled with incredible voice acting!
Anyway, making a decision about a forgotten/minor character of this film was an extremely difficult task! The problem is that the movie takes place on another planet with alien inhabitants. This allows the animators to let their creativity run wild when drawing/animating the alien characters, which in turn causes the movie to feature an infinite amount of minor characters! But because each character is so pleasingly and deliciously weird, it’s impossible to forget them, or at least not notice them. I mean, look!
So to ease the decision-making process, I decided to go with the coolest minor characters in my opinion, and that would be the police bots! Jim Hawkins as I’ve mentioned before, gets in trouble with the law quite a bit. One time, he’s brought home (well, the inn) by the authorities. Well actually, by the coolest-looking authorities ever!
I mean, just look at them! I just love their designs, their colors, the way they move, the way they talk! I’d love to be arrested by police officers like that!
Well, you know what I mean! And even though Jim is the protagonist of the story, you don’t find yourself hating the police bots! The police bots are just doing their job: in the beginning, they’re arresting Jim and in the end, they’re…well, I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it!
I just love these police officers and wish that they had been more prevalent throughout the whole movie. Oh well, I’ll be content with what I’ve been given and instead offer a salute to probably the most amazing forgotten/minor characters ever in the Disney Canon!