As a way to modernize this film and its characters, the filmmakers made the character, Long John Silver a cyborg.
The main character in this film, Jim Hawkins was based on James Dean’s personality. The animator liked that you could feel the innocence, youthfulness, and pain of Dean’s personality and they wanted to capture that in the character of Jim Hawkins.
Filmmakers wanted to modernize this movie while also incorporating aspects from the original film. In order to do this the crew had to operate under a 70/30 law, in which 70% of the film, its sound effects, and music, would have a traditional look, while the other 30% would be sci-fi.
This film, had the longest production cycle in Disney’s Post-Renaissance Era, as it took 10 years to finish.
“Treasure Planet” is Disney’s greatest financial loss. They lost approximately $79 million dollars making this film.
The name of the ship is the, R.L.S. Legacy, which is the same initials of the author of the book Treasure Island,by Robert Louis Stevenson.
As the movie progresses, the character Jim Hawkins’s dark hair becomes lighter. This was done as a way to show his transformation from a “bad boy” to a “hero”.
James Newton Howard wrote, conducted, and recorded the music for “Treasure Planet”in less than five months.
“Treasure Planet” was Disney’s third adaption of the popular book, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island.
The film’s artist, often looked at the Brandywine School of Illustration, for inspiration for the movie’s animation design. This style of art is known as the “classic storybook illustration.”