According to #!@%*#.com, this movie has the distinction of being the biggest financial failure in the history of Walt Disney Pictures, and I guess it heralded the beginning of the end for traditional hand-drawn animation. I never saw it when it first came out, but having checked out the DVD, I must say, I really enjoyed it, and it made me miss those hand-drawn animated features. This movie is the best example I've seen of combining 2D and CGI animation, and I didn't even realize that the character of John Silver uses elements of both until I'd finished watching the movie and moved on to the special features.
The visuals will stick with you a lot longer than the story elements, but 'Treasure Planet' made me nostalgic for the second Golden Age of Disney animation.
The Hound has no soul. This is perhaps Martin Short's best cinema outing. He takes script co-writer Jeffrey Boam's humor and plays it for everything it's worth. (Actually, while Chip Prosser is credited as co-writer, his contributions were early and minimal.) The pacing is fabulous, the special effects spectacular, and even the Meg Ryan-Randy Quaid chemistry is spot on. this is humor - verbal, visual and otherwise - at its wittiest. (Watch for the nuns passing behind the giant penguin giving out balloons at the shopping mall. You can watch it again and again. Three and a half bones minimum.