Approved for All Ages
Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale of young Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver and hidden treasure gets a science-fiction twist in this adventuresome animated feature from Disney. Jim (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) grows up watching the video-book tales of the legendary pirate Captain Flint, who hides his plunder on a secret planet.
When the alien Billy Bones crashes near the Benbow Inn, where Jim’s mother works as a waitress, he gives a golden orb with a special star map to Jim for safekeeping. Jim’s astro-physicist friend, Dr. Doppler (David Hyde-Pierce), recognizes it as a treasure map that could lead to Flint’s hidden fortune. They hire the starship RLS Legacy, helmed by the feline-like Captain Amelia (Emma Thompson). Among the crew is John Silver (Brian Murray), a cyborg – part man, part machine – and his pet 'Morph' who can change shapes. Silver helps Jim learn his way around the ship but he also has at least one good eye on the star map.
When the crew mutinies and takes over the ship, Jim escapes with Doppler and the Captain to crash land on the sought for treasure planet. Hiding from the pirate crew, Jim meets a wacky robot named B.E.N. who worked for Flint. But B.E.N.’s main memory chip is lost, so Jim’s on his own finding the pirate loot while avoiding Silver and the traps Flint left for greedy gold-hunters.