The songwriter penned two songs for the upcoming Disney film "Treasure Planet," an animated space adventure adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate tale "Treasure Island.
Content provided on this site is for entertainment or informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical or health, safety, legal or financial advice. Click here for additional information. It was a solo production for Rzeznik, which is fitting, since the lyrics are so deeply personal. He connected so strongly with Hawkins, in fact, that he says he still feels as connected with him — and with the song — as he did ten years ago.
It was a Disney movie, after all, which is a great opportunity for any musician. I went and saw the movie when it was mostly still in the pencil-sketch phase, and I was instantly moved by the character Jim Hawkins. It was just him making his own quest in life.
He was trying to do something, to become something. This is kind of strange. The character even kind of looks like me. In the process, Jim meets Long John Silver and tries to find a father figure in him, but Silver turns out to be a scoundrel — like the pirate he is. Along with a lot of sadness, I had a lot of anxiety, anger, and rebellion.
My father was an alcoholic, so there was a lot of distance between us when he was alive, but I loved him, and I know he loved me. He was a really, really good kid, and he was really confused. I could relate to that. I remember difficult things after I lost my parents — being on my own and trying to get up and get to school on time, on top of it trying to deal with the hole that was left in my life, and the uncertainty of where I might end up.
They brought Jim to life so well, and the depth of the characters in the movie was really great. I can still relate to that character even all these years later. I always thought it would be really really awesome if they were still here and I was able to provide for them the way they did for me. Article Posted 5 years Ago Share this article.
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Production John Rzeznik was picked to write the song for the movie because it was believed he could relate well with Treasure Planet 's main character, Jim, and his "rebel-with-a-cause angst". Referring to Jim, Rzeznik said, "It was easy to relate to Jim, you know?