Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders, Kevin Bishop Movie Review

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Missing Treasure

Young Jim Hawkins (Kevin Bishop) finds himself in possession of a treasure map detailing where Captain's Flint treasure is buried. With his best friends Gonzo and Rizzo they go on a quest for the treasure picking up some fellow travellers along the way as they end up on Captain Abraham Smollett's ship who has the one legged Long John Silver (Tim Curry) as his cook. But when they reach the island where the treasure is buried not only are they surprised to find Smollett's former lover, Benjamina Gunn, on the island but they also have to deal with a mutiny led by Long John Silver.

One thing you have to say about "Muppet Treasure Island" no matter how much you liked or disliked it, it delivers the high production values that you expect from a Muppet movie. From the costumes to the sets as well as the musical numbers, as a production it is up there with the other Muppet movies which came before it. That also includes the famous faces who the team behind the movie have talked in to appearing in it.

Kevin Bishop and Tim Curry in Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

But the thing about "Muppet Treasure Island" is that I don't think the storyline actually works for a young audience as I know myself it wasn't until I was much older that I started to enjoy the original "Treasure Island" story. What that means is that to enjoy "Muppet Treasure Island" you need to really enjoy the humour and creativity you get from the Muppets which I do. But the thing is that the joy of the Muppets can only carry the movie so far and then you need the storyline to take over which for me it doesn't here.

It is a shame as alongside all the usual entertainment you get from the Muppet regulars you have Tim Curry delivering an entertaining over the top performance as Long John Silver whilst a young Kevin Bishop is full of enthusiasm and gusto as young orphan, Jim Hawkins. They along with the other actors and actresses who show up in "Muppet Treasure Island" certainly don't disappoint no matter how big or small there part is.

What this all boils down to is that in truth I think "Treasure Island" was the wrong story for the Muppets which means that "Muppet Treasure Island" doesn't quite entertain as much as I would like it to. But even so it still delivers everything you expect from a Muppet movie and is full of comical creativity.