Authentic locales and musket-roaring action set the stage as author Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless adventure yarn of buccaneers and buried gold is brought to life in this sumptuous Disney production. Young Jim Hawkins (Bobby Driscoll) searches for "pieces of eight" along with wily, one-legged pirate of all pirates Long John Silver (Robert Newton) in this swashbuckling classic fit for all ages. The film was Disney's first all-live-action movie.
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PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there is much PG-worthy violence in this Disney outing, including fatal shootings and stabbings, and some of the pirates, when threatening the life of young Jim Hawkins, might seem truly nightmarish to very little viewers. Jim himself has to kill one. Later theatrical and TV re-releases of Treasure Island excised the worst of it to get a "G," but the video version restores it. You'll see much drinking as well, but it's not glorified.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Shootings, one in painful closeup right into a pirate's face. Stabbings, including the boy hero getting a knife thrown into his arm.
- OK, even though a parrot is cautioned about the bad language he allegedly repeats.
- Social Behavior
- Young Jim Hawkins is a paragon of justice and virtue. Most of the pirates are greedy, treacherous rascals. Long John Silver stands in both camps (depending on whose side is winning), and while he's an untrustworthy scalawag and a killer, his almost-fatherly affection for Jim makes him a fascinating antihero. Female characters are totally invisible -- Jim's mother, briefly present in the book, isn't even here.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drinking among the seamen, one so drunk he washes overboard (his inebriation encouraged by Long John Silver as a deliberate act of murder). Ex-pirate Billy Bones quite likely dies of alcoholism. At least it's not glorified.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it