I love this movie. I’m a gigantic Disney nerd and I have watched every single Animated Disney film. Two years ago I went through each and every one. And yet, this movie is still one of my all-time favorites. It holds up well as an adult, too. Maybe it’s the story itself I love. Maybe it’s Disney’s specific take on it. But I also recently watched Muppet Treasure Island and loved that as well, so I think it’s a mixture of both.
This movie is brilliant, though. The animation is top-notch. The soundtrack is gorgeous. The cast is stellar. The main focus is on a surrogate father-son relationship, rather than a romance. The main villain is a complex anti-villain. The secondary villain is the stuff of nightmares. A good guy actually dies early on. The whole movie is very different than what one would usually expect from Disney. I didn’t even know it was Disney until I was much older.
Personally, I grew up on this film. Jim is the dream Disney guy and he’s shipped with every young Disney female imaginable. I freaking love Silver. Whether in this movie, or the Tim Curry version in The Muppets. Good god, that laugh though. Totally ruins the mood. Either way, the guy mixes father figure, Disney Villain, and pirate. It’s like he was made for me. The settings are also great in this film. It’s so original. And the steampunk tone! This movie is far too underrated. I’ve seen it more times than I can count and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.