Muppet Treasure Island (USA, 1996)
Directed by Brian Henson
Starring Kevin Bishop, Tim Curry, Steve Whitmire, Frank Oz
After Jim Henson's tragic death in 1990, there was great concern about the future of the Jim Henson Company and the Muppets in particular. While the Henson family were determined to keep producing work to honour his memory, many wondered whether it would be possible to replicate the magic that he created. After the slow-burning success of The Muppet Christmas Carol¸ Muppet Treasure Island laid such fears to rest, and still provides a great deal of family fun after 17 years.
Treasure Planet not so long ago, I talked about Disney's attempts to retain the basic elements of the story while putting it in an exciting new context. Treasure Planet functions perfectly wells as a transliteration of the story, getting the various plot points on screen in the right order with a couple of interesting twists in terms of presentation. But the film suffered from a conflict between the conventions of the story and those of the people making it, so that at times it couldn't decide how faithful or straight it wanted to play things.
Rocky Horror. This makes him a perfect choice for Silver since he can revel in the darker, edgier moments while still being likeable, getting across Silver's conflicted nature as a character. The scene where he is given the black spot is proof of this, as he goes from genuine rage to play-acting and finally a mixture of the two.
Christmas Carol, the film is technically adept in situating its human and Muppet characters in the same scenes; it's really hard to see the joins, and most of the time you won't want to. The film is shot by John Fenner, who worked on both Christmas Carol and The Storyteller TV series. He is in his element lighting ornate period clothing, making this feel like a bright and adept Treasure Island film that just happens to feature the Muppets.