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Treasure Planet

By RainyWriter, Redmond, WA

Name your favorite kid’s movie. Quick.

Is it a Disney movie? The company is best known for its princess-themed musicals, where evil is often a lone villain lusting after total domination and destruction. Death nearly rips lovers apart; but they survive, and it’s a happily ever after ending complete with a clanging of wedding bells. Usually.

Perhaps this is the reason for forgotten gems like the 2002 animated release, Treasure Planet. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, Treasure Planet is a futuristic, steampunk-esque twist on the classic. In a whimsical world where aliens are common folk dressed in Victorian Era attire, and fleets of majestic ships sail through a breathable outer space known as the “Etherium”, the main character is also unconventional, both for social and Disney standards.

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