Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Essay Research: Treasure Planet

Treasure Planet: A Voyage of Discovery
“A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.”
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland first novel influenced Disney film... criticised for americanising the work
"All it says is that, for this particular Thanksgiving weekend, this movie didn't perform as well as we'd anticipated. For whatever reason, we did not make it look appealing enough." And Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian told the Times: "There are two reasons that Treasure Planet did as poorly as it did. One is called Harry Potter and the other is called Santa Clause. There was just too much competition for the family audience."
-Too much competition at the time
“Treasure Planet encountered fairly stiff resistance on its US release. Whether or not it heralds the death of old-fashioned animation is open to debate, but it's crafted with all the care and imagination you would expect” Andrew Pulver: The Guardian Friday 14th Feb 2003 -
Production designer is a term used in the film industry and television to refer to the person responsible for the overall look of a filmed event such as films, TV programs, music videos or adverts. Production designers have one of the key creative roles in the creation of motion pictures and television. Working directly with the director and producer, they must select the settings and style to visually tell the story. The term production designer was created in 1939 out of respect for the amount and level of design work single-handedly accomplished by William Cameron Menzies on the film Gone with the Wind. Previously (and often subsequently) the people with the same responsibilities were called "art directors".
-CGI Lead animator for John Silver: Eric Daniels- key role
-Creativity of voice actors vs. Visual animation: characters life
-Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements
-Adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times may write that the sight of pirate ships and galleons sailing through the stars "just doesn't look right," but Ray Conlogue in the Toronto Globe and Mail observes that while such sights may seem "bizarre to the adult mind," they are "actually a charming triumph where its intended under-12 audience is concerned."
Ron Clements original idea of Treasure Island in outer space – combination of old with new
Old aspects: classic period tale of pirates ect
New: Science fiction elements... aliens space voyage holographic maps etc    
Ships: to space ships, peg leg: cyborg etc
Reference to Robert Louis Stevenson: the ship the RLS Legacy
The 70/30 Concept: ratio between old (familiar) and new (invented technology) eg guns look like old flintlocks but shoot laser bullets
Development artwork Hye Coh, Ian Gooding and Frank Nissen

Treasure Planet: A Voyage of Discovery

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