TRIGGER WARNING-ABUSE: Treasure Planet had a big impact on my life. I was abused by my stepbrother for almost 8 years, they were horrible times and I thought I was a worthless piece of garbage. At the age of 10 men scared me, and while it cost me socializing with the opposite gender, Jim helped me a lot. I felt I identified with him, with his problems and concerns and made me think that not all men are bad and that not everyone wants to hurt me. It really made a difference in my life, and the movie still retains a special place on my heart.
The first time I had a crush on an animated character was when I first watched “Treasure Planet” and fell head over heels in love with Jim Hawkins. Because of that, both him and the movie in general hold special places in my heart.
I recently started relating more and more to Jim Hawkins. His life is in a weird place and he doesn’t know what to do. I wish I could find my Silver who sees the best in me and will help me find what I’m good at and bring out my passions.
My childhood and adolescence hasn’t been easy, and I often get lost in a dark place. Disney music and the movies have always helped me through that. Watching Lilo and Stitch or Treasure Planet makes me wish I was in those worlds. They make me happier, they are a great escape. I can’t wait for the day I can finally go to a Disney theme park.
I’m twenty one years old today and I wish more than anything else I could go back to when I was a kid and start over. Treasure planet has always been my favorite Disney movie because Jim got his happily ever after, even after everything he went through. I want to find a real family out there. I want to chart my own course and stick to it, but I’m terrified I’m not brave enough.
My dad is emotionally abusive and gaslit me for most of my life, and as a direct result, I have complicated, hard to pin down, changes hour by hour feelings about him where I want to love him and feel guilty not– but am still scared of being around him. Silver from Treasure Planet reminds me of him in the way of “a good version of my dad” without it being unrecognizable. It helps to compare the two and remind myself in guiltier moments that my dad is not Silver and I should not go back. He gives me something healthier and separate – a way to admire aspects about my dad without muddying my feelings further by admiring my actual dad. Silver even looks like him, bulbous nose and all. I love Silver so much for that, it can make me cry
I relate to John Silver because I am nearly 30 and I feel like I’ve screwed up too many times and keep making the wrong choices. His semi-redemption arc in the end gives me a little hope for myself because although he still has to go on the run, he leaves the lasting impression that he is a good person underneath it all. I hope I can someday say the same for myself.
Treasure Planet is my favorite animated movie. I relate so much to it, especially to the song “I’m Still Here.” Lots of times I feel misunderstood by people I love and who love me. They demand answers, mostly regarding political or ethical views. Other times they expect me to act a certain way. I wish they understood that I’m looking for answers as much as they are and I’m trying to learn and be better, regardless of a world that doesn’t want to change.