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. 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.2x1: Consequence recap
: The episode opens with a recap from the previous season’s finale (though redubbed with the new voices)... read more.1x12: Tails We Win recap
: At the campsite, Jim and his friends are arguing over which way they should take. Fed up with them never listening to her, Jane walks off, leaving them. Jim and the others then find an upside down boat floating towards them with the weasel pirate lying on it, believing him to be a castaway while Jane makes her way through the jungle commenting that she never even liked half of them anyway, the doctor pompous, the Squire lazy. She remarks she doesn’t care if she never sees them again before picking up a purple flower... read more. recap
: One day, Jim Hawkins is sweeping up Ben Gunn’s treehouse when the marooner finds a box of corks, intending to use them for a game of chess against someone called Old Black Jack Flack. The questioning Jim asks who Jack is and Ben explains he’s the saltiest seadog ever set sail, marooned on Yonder Island. The perplexed Jim asks how the two can play chess if Ben’s here and Jack’s there when a bell rings. Ben puts a bucket on a pulley rope and it goes down and picks a bottle from the water and comes back to Ben through a clever system. Long John Silver and Rat, who are nearby spying, watch this.. Apparently, Ben and Jack send their next moves via a message in a bottle. However, the message in this bottle says help. Ben realises Jack’s in trouble and goes to save him, as he’s the only one who knows him. Ben hasn’t fixed the hole in his boat so he goes off on foot. Due to Ben running off, he doesn’t hear Jim say he can help... read more.