Concept art and animation panels for Treasure Planet 2
Before Treasure Planet was shown in cinemas, Thomas Schumacher, then president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, mentioned the possibilities of having direct-to-video releases for Treasure Planet as well as a television series. He stated that they already had “a story and some storyboards and concepts up and a script for what a sequel to [Treasure Planet] could be,” and that they also had a “notion” of what the series would be.
Director Jun Falkenstein and screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos began early development on Treasure Planet 2. In the sequel, Jim Hawkins and Kate, his love interest and classmate at the Royal Interstellar Academy, must team with Long John Silver to stop the villainous Ironbeard from freeing the inmates of Botany Bay Prison Asteroid. Willem Dafoe was set to voice Ironbeard. The sequel was canceled when Treasure Planet disappointed at the box office.
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Some interesting Disney animation history popped up in my dashboard this morning. Artists on the project include:
- Jun Falkenstein (storyboard artist for Despicable Me, director of The Tigger Movie)
- Emil Mitev (Iron Giant, Road to El Dorado)
- Yarrow Cheney (Despicable Me 1 &2, Curious George — you really should check out his portfolio, wow!)
- Mike Inman (background painter for shows like Avatar: the Last Airbender, Scooby Doo reboots, Angry Beavers, Spider-Man and more)
- Ken Boyer (animator of the hyenas in The Lion King as well as dozens of television shows you probably recognize. Take a look at his portfolio!).
Here are a few more images from the film / television series that never was.
Here’s Jim at the Academy. We miss you, ponytail.
Here’s a second concept by director Jun Falkenstein.
Animator / Director Jun Falksenstein, 2002
Yarrow Cheney’s “Silver Fish” concept
Rest in Peace, Treasure Planet 2. Or better yet, may you one day actually exist…
- Courtney (HarmonicaCave)