The Legends of Treasure Island

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The Legends of Treasure Island
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
Release
Original network ITV Network (CITV)
Original release 10 September 1993 – 27 June 1995

The Legends Of Treasure Island is an animated cartoon from the UK that ran from 1993-1995. 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. Billy Bones is not in this series instead Jim's father Mr Hawkins is in his place. 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: The main protagonist, he is cunning for his age, and determined to reach the treasure as his father asked him.
  • Ben Gunn: Dog: A hermit found living on the Island, he knows more about the dangers of the Island and is able to provide warnings. He frequently describes things as being "like a leech" and often speaks in very vague terms that can be hard to understand.
  • Long John Silver: Fox: Unlike the book and most adaptations, Long John Silver is not an anti-hero with dubious morality but rather a straight villain, although he does save Jim's life in episode 3.
  • Dr. Livesey: Dog: Is a friend of Jim and his father, and aids the boy against the pirates.
  • Captain Smollett: Dog: A brave captain who offers Jim his aid. When Jim state he can not pay Smollett, he states that he will accept a new pair of boots after they find the treasure as payment. He is also the one who decides to go to Squire Trelawney for funding, as the two are close friends.
  • Squire Trelawney: Pigeon: Squire Trelawney is a friendly, yet money obsessed character, who is only convinced to fund the expedition upon hearing the promise of treasure. He often acts as if he doesn't have a clue what he's doing, despite supposedly having gone on many adventures.
  • Blind Pew: Giant Rat: The mysterious blind boss of Long John Silver.
  • Jane: Uncertain, commonly seen as either a Vixen or cat: One of the exclusive characters for this Treasure Island incarnation. Jane was kidnapped by Silver to be held for ransom, but since her parents did not want her he got stuck with her. 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 except Israel Hands 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 Captain 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, the ghost of 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
1 "Consequence" 4 April 1995
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.
2 "Reunion" 11 April 1995
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.
3 "Silver In The Island's Underworld" 18 April 1995
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!
4 "Silver's Bond" 25 April 1995
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.
5 "Emily" 2 May 1995
Jim and Jane stumble across shipwrecks where they meet a ghost girl called Emily who is looking for her father.
6 "Forest Of Darkness" 9 May 1995
7 "City In The Sky" 16 May 1995
8 "Antidote" 23 May 1995
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.
9 "Dragon" 30 May 1995
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.
10 "Allegiance" 6 June 1995
11 "The Oracle" 13 June 1995
12 "Double Cross" 20 June 1995
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.
13 "One For All" 27 June 1995
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 Designers: Dino Athanassiou, Paul Stibal, John Martin, Simon Ward-Horner, Bruce McNally, Alan Kerswell
  • Background Designer: Richard Zaloudek
  • Story Editor: Barbara Slade
  • Scripts Written by: Barbara Slade, Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir, Matthew Malach, Frank Kerr, Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller, Jimmy Hibbert, Chris Trengove
  • Character Colour Designer: Joan Jones
  • Digital Colourists: Carla Abraham, Althea Deane, Joyce Flowers, Marie Deminski, Christine Kershaw, Sue Halliwell, Carmen G. Sangrador, Maribel Lopez, Loli Torres, Asuncion Tomas, Jenni Roberts, Joan Jones, Jackie Mitchell
  • Digital Painters: Carla Abraham, Althea Deane, Marie Dembinski, Sue Halliwell, Christine Kershaw, Thomas Cardone, Bram Ttwheam, Julia Wright, Rebecca Neville, Stuart M. Ellis, Murray Swift, David Lawrence, Andrew Awbrey
  • Digital Compositors: Peter Kidd, Wendy Senior
  • Scan Operators: Jackie Mitchell, Wendy Senior, Gloria Vassiliou, Peter Brady, Karl Dunne, Ross Leslie, Pauline Martin
  • Paint Checkers: Gloria Vassiliou, Ron McMinn, Javier Gallego
  • 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
  • Scripts Written by: Barbara Slade, Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir, Matthew Malach, Frank Kerr, Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller, Jimmy Hibbert, Chris Trengove
  • Character Colour Designer: Yu Sato
  • Tracers and Painters: Studio Ghibli, Madhouse Animation Studios, Top Craft, Telecom Animation Film, Idol Company, O.L.M. Digital, Colour Crew, Wang Films, Matias Marcos Animation, July Films, Neomis Animation, Fat Cat Animation
  • 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, Pixote Hunt
  • Scripts Written by: Alastair Swinnerton, Peter Lewis, Dino Athanassiou, Simon Ward-Horner, Rejean Bourdages
  • Art Directors: Alan Kerswell, Pixote Hunt
  • Character Trace and Paint Supervisors: Barbara McCormack, Olga Tarin-Craig, Laine Thomas, Alison Leopold, Saskia Raevouri, Laura Craig, Bonnie Blough, Sally Burden, Deborah Rykoff-Bennett, Corona Esterhazy, Billie Kearns, Kimie Yamana, Rieka Hirayama, Masayo Yamamoto, Flavia Mitman, Alla Marshall, Roberta Greutert, Betty Brooks, Jayne Barbera, Stella Reyes, Libby Reed, Phyllis Craig, Val Vreeland, Helen Jones, Maggie Geedes, Robert Brown, Mary Elizabeth Edgar, Peter Gentle, Pros Cyman, Paulette Moreal, Carmen Sanderson, Laura Cosgrove, Ethel Falkenberg, Jungja Wolf
  • Character Tracers: Sharon Boxall, Jo Rowell, Mike Hammond, Claire Williams, Miriam McDonnell, Karan Lee-Storr, Michelle Urbano, Beverly Phillips, Yasodha Huckerby, Sue Halliwell, Joan Storey, Kate Cowan, Tina Cole, Deborah Goddad, Anne Hazard, Karin Stover, Kristine Brown, Alison Leopold, Marcus Rich, Leanne Rich, Patrick Beirhe, Peter Hynes, Bethlem Cerqueira, Julie Gleeson, Fiona Fenna, Anna-Louise Roberts, Sue Paton, Ching L. Baylon, Daryl Carstensen, Judi Cassell, Lyndon V. Darum, Gerry Boy De Los Santos, Nonlin DeLa Torre, Mars P. Doria, Juvy C. Esmalla, Alexander Ferrarez, Vernette Griffe, Brendan Harris, Randall McFerren, Jose Company Nazareno, Benjamin A. Novila, Sparkie Parker, Vines U. Pedrano, Nestor R. Velasco, Arnel S. Vivo, Janet M. Zoll
  • Headed by: Dada R. Ortega
  • Character Painters: Brendan Amphlett, Julia Bracegirdle, Helen Buckingham, Graham Chenery, Denise Coates, Jane Dillon, Declan English, Miriam McDonnell, Lee Townsend, Susan Patton, Sandra Kemp, Tanya Morton, Alison Haines, Alison Barrass, Alan Dalton, Cormac Figgis, Ben Horner, Derek L'estrange, Daniel Thomas, Russell Blandino, Laura Cosgrove, Karl Scoble, Lisa-Ann James, Carol Leslie, Samantha Reynolds, The Behich Brothers, Guner Behich, Peter Abito, Argen Geraldine Arela, Allen L. Arucan, Lada Babicka, Ana R. Bacani, Nathan Balboa, Catherine Bazzano, Celina A. Burac, Lyn P. Buenaventura, Judi Cassell, Sybil Cuzzort, Shigeko Doyle, Belle Norman, Cookie Tricarico, Delia Dumapias, Donn S. Durmiendeo III, Yoyoung R. Edillo, Gina Evans, Gary Shaffer, Arthur D. Eviendte, Beverly Felix, Ma. Teresa D. Fernandez, Lillian Fitts, Michael Foley, Greg Tiernan, Graham Tiernan, Carl Jones, Shirley Mapes, Annette Leavitt, Ashley Lupin, Kathy Wilbur, Susan Wileman, Joyce Alexander, Helen Whitman, Odin Hor, Bonnie Blough, Deborah Mark, Casey Clayton, Denise Link, Dee Tricarico, Fumiko R. Sommer, Tania Francisco, Daryl Casper, Maria Gonzalez, Alison Gerfe, Billie Kerns, Lana Nelson, Sharon Dabek, Joyce Frey, Helga Vanden Berge, Roxanne M. Taylor, Karen Hooper, Ronna Pincus, Christoper Naylor, Patricia Pettinelli, Bruce Phillipson, Gale Raleigh, Bonnie Ramsey, Geno Dubois, Betsy Ergenbright, Phyllis Fields, Marci Freeman-Norberg, Colene Riffo, Sheryl Ann Smith, Christina Stocks, Tim Nuttal, Shaun McGlinchey, Jason F.E. Hewitt, Glenn Stevens, Carmen Parrinello, Sandra O'Neil, Michael O'Neil, John O'Neill, Tara O'Reilly, Aran O'Reilly, Suzanne O'Reilly, Charolette Armstrong, Karin Holmquist, Lynda A. Fuentes, Gemma R. Gabaldon, Randall McFerren, Gretchen Maschmyer Albrecht, Linda Gerlach, Barbara Hiestand, Alan Casagrande, Lori Hanson, Christine Kingsland, Laura Craig, Lesley White, Sue Robson, Helen Smith, Helen Michaels, Maggie Beamer, Siobahn Larkin, Jan Stokes, La Donna Hanover, Karen Hansen, Marilyn L. Hinojosa, Stevie Hirsch, Susima Igelsias, Carmen Sanderson, Anne Hazard, Corry Kingsbury, Saskia Raevouri, Linda Prammsma, Annette Mackie, Missy, Pedro Landiera, Grodana Cupac, Evelyn T. Laguador, Renato P. Layosa, Ronnie Lazo, Arnel Mendones, Terry Mendones, Debbie Mihara, Sola R. Monoy, Muaric R. Natividad, Estela Oliva, Vince Orcullo, Joan Orloff, Prince Paluay, Dada Diaz Pecson, Noel F. Peralta, Catherine Peterson, Louie C. Policarpio, Teresita Proctor, Arnold P. Pura, Eddie Rosas
  • Effects Tracer and Painter: Annette Leavitt
  • Character Design: Dino Athanassiou, Paul Stibal, John Martin, Bruce McNally, Jane Travel
  • Key Background Painter: Monica Herman
  • Background Painters: Richard H. Thomas, Thelma Witmer, Anthony Rizzo, Philip Phillipson, Andrew Phillipson, Jim Coleman
  • Character Colour Stylists: Kathy McDonald, Carmen Oliver, Jill Everett, Susan Vanderhorst, Judy Pilsbury, Cindy Finn, Debbie Jorgensberg
  • 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
  • (C)CARLTON UK Television MCMXCV
  • A Central Animation with the Co-operation of Howling Wolf Production for Carlton UK Productions

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