The island where nothing is ever quite what it seems and almost anything can happen...
The Legends of Treasure Island
is a sharp animated cartoon series based on Robert Louis Stevenson
’s novel Treasure Island
but with a couple of twists. Firstly, the characters were animated animals. Secondly, the island was a bigger place, exploring parts not seen in Stevenson’s book. It was more sinister and almost personified (à la Lost
), behaving in various magical ways to aid our heroes or thwart the villains. It’s only really the first episode that bears any resemblance to the original story.
Young pup Jim Hawkins is given a map laden with riddles and clues by his father which once belonged to pirate Flint. With his companions, that old seadog Captain Abraham Smollett, bumbling pidgeon Squire Trelawney and pooch Doctor Livesey, they set out to find the treasure before it falls into the hands of that sly fox Long John Silver and his pirates who are being controlled by the mysterious Pew (based on Blind Man Pew but has a more substantial role in this cartoon), a mysterious rat with wizened eyes. Jim is also aided by his female tomboy vixen friend Jane (an exclusive to this series) and sometimes marooned dog Ben Gunn.
A variety of British actors lent their voices to the characters.
Unfortunately nowadays, The Legends of Treasure Island
is considered a forgotten cartoon series.
I have added synopses to each episode in Series 1 as well as recaps and am now working on Series 2. I may add character profiles and merchandise as well in future.
Recaps2x8: Antidote recap
: In the murky swamp, a purple mole makes his way through the swamp when suddenly he is confronted by a sinister green hand... read more.2x5: Emily recap
: One night, a ship is having trouble through a violent storm. Inside the cabin, a man called John tells his daughter Emily that she’ll be safe here. The girl asks him to stay with her but John says he has to go but assures her he’ll be back soon. The girl asks if she can come with him, scared to be on her own but John tells her he won’t be long. Soon the ship enters a mist. The compass points in all directions. The captain who is steering the ship believes this to be the Devil’s work. Right ahead is light. The crew head towards it but then the boat hits the rocks. John goes to rescue Emily but the mast collapses and lands on top of him... read more.2x4: Silver's Bond recap
: Having escaped from the crevasse, Jim runs through the forest chased once again by the hellhounds. He reaches the exit of the forest but is then surprised by Long John Silver. The pirate assures Jim that he’s no ghost and survived the volcano by a lucky fluke. He comments the experience changed him, he’s a changed man and asks for forgiveness, saying all the wicked things he did flashed before his eyes. Silver had never been close to death before and now wants to make amends. Jim tells Silver he’s heard words like that before and he was lying then and is probably lying now. Silver says to Jim they’re no reason why he should believe him and he’s opened his eyes to the straight and narrow, hoping to prove it. Suddenly, the duo are confronted by wolves. On the pirate’s suggestion, the two run but run into another wolf. They are soon surrounded... read more.2x3: Silver In The Island's Underworld recap
: The episode opens with a recap of Jim and Long John Silver’s swordfight at the end of the previous season, resulting in Silver falling into the volcano (though redubbed with the new voices)... read more.2x2: Reunion recap
: Jim is up a tree cutting when Squire Trelawney tells him to come down before he hurts himself. The boy explains he is building a lookout platform to look for Jane, Captain Smollett and Doctor Livesey despite the Squire commenting that they are probably done for... read more.