Disney has a long history of putting innovative spins on classic literature. The Great Mouse Detective shrunk Sherlock Holmes down to size, while The Lion King brought Hamlet to the African savannah. Treasure Planet, meanwhile, sends Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island out into space – offering an adventurous, old-fashioned yarn with Emma Thompson as a slinky cat-lady-sea captain.
The familiar elements of the original are all here. There’s the young protagonist, Jim Hawkins, voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who finds a treasure map that promises to lead to fame and fortune. There’s the shifty John Silver, though his peg leg here comes with cybernetic enhancements. The ships they use still look like 18th-century galleons, plucked out of the ocean and sent shooting across the stars.