Sunday, May 02, 2010
(The Other) Treasure Planet
Long ago, I read the book Treasure Island and saw the 1950 film version. Both times I thought It'd be totally cool if this was set in space! It could have aliens and craziness! It could be called "Treasure Planet!"
Years later I learned something terrible- Disney was making a movie called "Treasure Planet!" How could they? Didn't they know this was my idea?*
The 1999 Disney film turned out a bit different than how I envisioned it.
My version would have been more goofy and cartoony. No gorgeous steampunk ships sailing through the ether.
For example, early in the book the Jim (the kid narrator) runs into a blind cutthroat who grabs him, pins his arm behind his back, and threatens to break it. I'd picture Jim as a mallard. The thug is a tentacled alien. Three mangled eye stocks rise from his head. It's gross. It's scary. More importantly, it's silly.
That's my kind of cartoon.
I suppose it wouldn't be nominated for an Acadamy Award (as was the Disney version). The critics would think it was stupid. Maybe everyone would...
...but I'd love it!
*Actually I bet a lot of people have thought, Let's put "Treasure Island" in space! over the years.