The Legends of Treasure Island

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The Legends of Treasure Island
Format Animated series
Directed by Dino Athanassiou
Simon Ward-Horner
Starring Dawn French
John Hasler
Juliet Stevenson
Corinna Powlesland
Richard E. Grant
Rob Brydon
Robert Powell
Hugh Laurie
Chris Barrie
Rob Rackstraw
Gary Martin
Carla Mendonça
Issy Van Randwyck
William Maxwell
David Holt
Leslie Randall
Shona Morris
Jimmy Hibbert
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Production
Producer(s) Peter Lewis
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Network (CITV)
Original run 10 September 1993 – 28 June 1994

The Legends Of Treasure Island is an animated cartoon from the UK that ran from 1993-1994. It had two series of 13 episodes each and each episode runs for 22–25 minutes.

The series was loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's original story "Treasure Island". Featuring a mysterious and dark storyline, it incorporates magic and many new characters. Unlike the book and most adaptations Long John Silver is not an anti-hero with dubious morality but rather a straight villain. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom and in other countries throughout Europe and Latin America and was also aired in Australia. The programme was a FilmFair production for Central Independent Television, The Legends of Treasure Island, is owned by ITV PLC.

Characters[edit]

This cartoon, unlike most other Treasure Island cartoons and movies, featured the main characters as animals:

  • Jim Hawkins: Dog
  • Ben Gunn: Dog
  • Long John Silver: Fox
  • Dr. Livesey: Dog
  • Captain Smollett: Dog
  • Squire Trelawney: Pigeon
  • Pew: Rat
  • Jane: One of the exclusive characters for this Treasure Island incarnation. Jane is an anthropomorphic vixen (but there are still some who consider her to be a cat) that was kidnapped by Silver and since her parents did not want her back she got stuck with him. In the first episode she switches sides and teams up with Jim, for whom she showed growing feelings as the series progressed.

Subsidiary recurring characters included the pirates Morgan (a hog), Nebbich (a hyena), and Rat (who was, ostensibly enough, a rat). These characters featured mainly in the first season and only made minor appearances at the beginning of the second before disappearing altogether. Other minor pirates seen during series 1 included a weasel and a rabbit among others.

Voice Talents[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Series 2[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "The Quest Begins" 10 September 1993
Jim leaves the Admiral Benbow with Flint's treasure map and begins a treasure voyage aboard Captain Smollett's ship. Along the way Silver and his gang board and take over the ship, but Jim and his friends escape and enter a portal to Treasure Island.
2 "Memories Are Made Of This" 17 September 1993
Setting up camp on the island, the explorers venture into a purple mist which temporarily gives them amnesia, resulting in them handing the map over to the pirates. Can Captain Smollett and shipwrecked dog Ben Gunn rescue them?
3 "The Watch Tower" 24 September 1993
Jim and Jane explore a watchtower on Skeleton Island but end up leaving the map there and must go back to retrieve it. However, the pirates learn of this and plan to get the map before they do.
4 "Now You See Me" 1 October 1993
Jim and Jane discover a graveyard containing Flint's grave. Could this be where the treasure is buried? Meanwhile, Jane puts on a ring turning her invisible and she can't get it off!
5 "Flint's Return" 8 October 1993
Once every year, Captain Flint rises from his grave to visit the spot where he buried his treasure. While the pirates plan to use this to find the treasure, the explorers plan to use it to trap the pirates.
6 "The Cave Of Babel" 15 October 1993
Jim enters a cave a distorted babbling voices and comes out flat and disfigured like a Picasso painting. Long John Silver and Rat also enter the cave and come out with their heads swapped on the other's body! Can they be put right?
7 "The Labyrinth" 22 October 1993
Pew plans to use the Labyrinth, a mountain cave to get rid of Jim and his friends once and for all. Silver, also plans to not only do this but dispose of Pew as well, fed up of being bossed around by him.
8 "The Merman Prince" 29 October 1993
Long John Silver makes a deal with a merman prince to give Jane over as a bride to the merman in exchange for a magic compass.
9 "The Fountain Of Truth" 5 November 1993
Long John Silver drinks from the Fountain of Truth, believing it to be the Fountain of Youth. As a result, he begins to speak to the truth and plans to change his ways, but can he be trusted?
10 "The Pool Of Prophecy" 12 November 1993
Jim falls into the Pool of Prophecy, which shows him a vision of the future where he'll become a pirate. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?
11 "Return To Sender" 19 November 1993
Ben Gunn wants to borrow Long John Silver's longboat to reach his friend on Yonder Island, but the pirate will only lend it to him in exchange for the map. Will Ben betray one friend to help another?
12 "Tails We Win" 26 November 1993
Jane wonders off and discovers a lagoon where she befriends a mermaid. While she's gone, Silver attacks the campsite, taking Jim and his friends prisoner. Can Jane and her mermaid friend save them?
13 "The Beginning Of The End" 3 December 1993
Long John Silver accidentally destroys a statue of a fire god resulting in the island about to self-destruct, unable to cope with any more evil. While the explorers make a deal with the pirates, Jim and Silver have a fiery showdown atop the island volcano.

Season 2[edit]

# Title Air Date
14 "Consequence" 5 April 1994
Jim and Ben Gunn (along with Squire Trelawney) return to the island planning to save it from self-destructing but the place has other ideas. Meanwhile, Pew is about to rise from his watery grave, endangering Jim and his friends.
15 "Reunion" 12 April 1994
Jane leaves Captain Smollett and Squire Trelawney on the Hispaniola to join Jim and the others on the island. She stumbles across a shipwreck containing Flint's logbook. Could this lead them to the treasure? However, the girl is menaced by a ghost.
16 "Silver In The Island's Underworld" 19 April 1994
Following his fall into the volcano at the end of Series 1, Long John Silver finds himself in Hell where he meets some horrific creatures including the Devil himself!
17 "Silver's Bond" 26 April 1994
Back in the land of living as a pact to send Jim to the underworld in his place, Long John Silver attempts to convince the boy that's he's changed but Jim isn't so sure.
18 "Emily" 3 May 1994
Jim and Jane stumble across shipwrecks where they meet a ghost girl called Emily who is looking for her father.
19 "Forest Of Darkness" 10 May 1994
20 "City In The Sky" 17 May 1994
21 "Antidote" 24 May 1994
Jane is bitten by a snake and has only 24 hours to live! Jim and Ben Gunn must venture across a dangerous swamp to find the antidote.
22 "Dragon" 31 May 1994
Jim and Long John must put aside their differences when they are both swallowed by a dragon and must find their way out of the beast.
23 "Allegiance" 7 June 1994
24 "The Oracle" 14 June 1994
25 "Double Cross" 21 June 1994
The explorers are captured by Long John Silver and Pew who make them find the treasure and try to dispose of each other in the process.
26 "One For All" 28 June 1994
Captain Smollett and Dr. Livesey return and rescue Jim from Pew. With the treasure, the explorers plan to head home but they are not out of the woods yet.

Trivia[edit]

  • The episode Reunion in series 2 was aired out of order, probably due to that episode being produced following the first episode. It was aired and released on home video in Australia as the 2nd episode of series 2, while chronologically it is the 4th episode.
  • When The Legends of Treasure Island got its only video release in the UK from Pickwick Video, it had 3 episodes; it omits the 2nd episode Memories Are Made Of This, but it does contain the 1st, 3rd and 4th episode from series 1.
  • Although it was a UK show, the entire series was not made available on video there. The entire 26 episodes however were released on video in Australia by Reel Entertainment, with 12 volumes released.
  • A TV movie version featuring select episodes from series 1 of the show, was released on video and DVD in the USA by Image Entertainment. Both versions are now out of print.

Credits[edit]

Series 1[edit]

1,3-5,7-13

  • Based on the Novel by: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Music Composed and Conducted by: Barrington Pheloung
  • Directed by: Dino Athanassiou
  • Series Devised by: Peter Lewis, Barbara Slade
  • Character Design: Dino Athanassiou, Paul Stibal, John Martin, Simon Ward-Horner, Bruce McNally, Alan Kerswell
  • Background Design: Richard Zaloudek
  • Story Editor: Barbara Slade
  • Writers: Barbara Slade, Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir, Matthew Malach, Frank Kerr, Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller, Jimmy Hibbert, Chris Trengove
  • Storyboard Artists: John Martin, Alan Kerswell, Simon Ward-Horner, Andrew Painter, Clive Pallant, Nick Pratt
  • Timing Directors: Paul Stibal, John Martin, Simon Ward-Horner
  • Titles Animation: Paul Stibal
  • Production Facilities: Moving Images International
  • General Manager for MII: Louie Jhocson
  • Assistant Animation Director: Royce Ramos
  • Layout Supervisor & Key Layouts: Kinjo Estioko
  • Layout Artists: Ray Indolos, Moses Macasinag, Abeth Dela Cruz
  • Assistant Layout Artists: Rodel Gravo, Ronel Gravo, Gener De Ocampo
  • Production Assistant, MII: Jepot De Jesus
  • Key Animators: Royce Ramos, Aylene Ramos, Raul Mimay, Danny Dela Cruz, Jojo Reynon, Boyet Gopez, Dondi Juan, Jun Flores, Jun Libunao, Roni Samala, Sung-Jin Kim, Gino Gozo, Bobby Fajardo, Alex Ragsac, Alex Acayen, Doods Busmente, Andy Flores, Ted Camahalan, Rey Dagsaan, Gem Deseo, Jun Fernandez, Ronnie Fuentes, Lo Hernandez, Polloi Javier, Vladi Naval, Dan Obligar, Robert Ocon, Benny Quilatan, Lito Soltura, Apple Soriano, Hensor Soriano, Eniong Perez, Alan Coniconde
  • Special Effects: Tobee Barretto, Sonnie Lagonera
  • Background Supervisor: Ruben Romanban
  • Assistant Animation Coordinator: Jay Agraviador
  • Animation Checking: Fran Lawrence, Narida Bennett
  • Colour Styling: Candy Chaves
  • Tracing Coordinator: Roel Medel
  • Painting Coordinators: Flora Almario, Barbara Bago
  • Camera Supervisor: Elias Macute
  • Assembly Editor: Jerry Tinsay
  • Trackread: Simon Cox
  • N.E.D. Operator: Roger Dobson
  • Dubbing Mixer: Bob Jackson
  • Telecine Colourist: Colin Peters
  • Editor: Andi Sloss
  • Development Consultant: David Yates
  • Executive Producer for Central: Lewis Rudd
  • Production Assistant (FilmFair): Jonathan Wigfield
  • Executive Producer: James Driscoll
  • Production Supervisor: Robert Dunbar
  • Producer: Peter Lewis
  • A FILMFAIR PRODUCTION FOR CENTRAL INDEPENDENT TELEVISION
  • (C)CENTRAL INDEPENDENT TELEVISION PLC. MCMXCIII

2,6

  • Based on the Novel by: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Music Composed and Conducted by: Barrington Pheloung
  • Directed by: Dino Athanassiou
  • Series Devised by: Peter Lewis, Barbara Slade
  • Character Design: Dino Athanassiou, Paul Stibal, John Martin, Simon Ward-Horner, Bruce McNally, Alan Kerswell
  • Background Design: Richard Zaloudek
  • Story Editor: Barbara Slade
  • Writers: Barbara Slade, Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir, Matthew Malach, Frank Kerr, Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller, Jimmy Hibbert, Chris Trengove
  • Storyboard Artists: John Martin, Alan Kerswell, Simon Ward-Horner, Andrew Painter, Clive Pallant, Nick Pratt
  • Timing Directors: Paul Stibal, John Martin, Simon Ward-Horner
  • Titles Animation: Paul Stibal
  • Production Facilities: Jade Animation
  • General Manager: Wallace Wong
  • Assistant Animation Director: Sun Zhe
  • Coordinators: Zhu Yong Yan, Wu Yin Zi
  • Trackread: Simon Cox
  • Layout: Ma Shou Hong, Zhang Jian Jun
  • Backgrounds: Lie Rui Ting, Zhou Chang Cun, Cao Pei Min, Shang You Jun, Li Wen Fang, He Bin
  • Key Animators: Yang Ge, Li Hong, Zhong Zhi Qiong, Deng Ben Quin, Huang Jie Pei, Mei Jun, Hu Tian, Xu Zhou, Zhang Wei Dong, Yu Hai Yin, Wang Li Pin, Zhou Xiau Hua, Tang Shao Shen, Li Hui, Guo Yi, Ma Jian Jun, Lei Jian Chen
  • Cleanup: Gu Yan Hua, Zhang Jian Jun, Ma Shou Hung
  • Final Check: Chen Yi, Yu Mei Rong, Deng Li Hua
  • Coloring: Qiu Jian Pin, Xiau Wei Wen, Cai Yi Tao
  • N.E.D. Operator: Roger Dobson
  • Dubbing Mixer: Bob Jackson
  • Telecine Colourist: Colin Peters
  • Editor: Andi Sloss
  • Development Consultant: David Yates
  • Executive Producer for Central: Lewis Rudd
  • Production Assistant (FilmFair): Jonathan Wigfield
  • Executive Producer: James Driscoll
  • Production Supervisor: Robert Dunbar
  • Producer: Peter Lewis
  • A FILMFAIR PRODUCTION FOR CENTRAL INDEPENDENT TELEVISION
  • (C)CENTRAL INDEPENDENT TELEVISION PLC. MCMXCIII

Series 2[edit]

  • Based on the Novel by: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Music by: Glenn Keiles
  • Directed by: Simon Ward-Horner
  • Written by: Alastair Swinnerton, Peter Lewis, Dino Athanassiou, Simon Ward-Horner, Rejean Bourdages
  • Art Direction: Alan Kerswell
  • Character Design: Dino Athanassiou, Paul Stibal, John Martin, Bruce McNally Jane Travel
  • Background Keys: Monica Herman
  • Colour Styling: Kathy McDonald
  • Storyboards: Dino Athanassiou, Simon Ward-Horner, Alan Kerswell, Jurgen Gross, John Martin
  • Timing Directors: Duncan Varley, Peter Western, Paul Chung
  • Production Facilities: Toon City Animation/Filcks Films
  • Key Animators: Abe Legasti, Dennis Fuentes, Juvie Amistoso, Tony Bugas, Phat Ejercitado, April Garcia, Ricky Yoingco, Jbet Francisco, Melvin Silao, Marco Plantilla, Lorna Santos, Glenn Arriola, Erik Diano, Atoy Valencia, Shirley Garcia, Ynot Agrysa, Achiu So, James Fusilero, Dynes Fabian, Rhem Valencia, Tino Guanlao Kevin Smith Jud Wilson
  • Editing: Andi Sloss
  • Dubbing Mixer: Bob Jackson
  • Production Manager: Jon Wigfield
  • Executive Producer: John Marsden
  • Producer: Peter Lewis Ian Frampton
  • (C)CARLTON UK Television MCMXCIV
  • A Howling Wolf Production in association with Central Animation and FilmFair for Carlton UK Productions

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