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Treasure Planet- Making Port

One of the less successful, but certainly incredibly creative and endearing Disney projects from the late 90’s, Treasure Planet was a re-imagining of the classic tale Treasure Island, but set in space. With cyborgs. And aliens. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The majority of the film is spent on the ships themselves, but there is a lot happening at the bustling, three-dimensionally astounding port where ships come to dock. Imagined as floating islands (as ports float on water and we have a space=water metaphor in this movie), ships come to these floating stations to restock and encounter a bizarre swath of culture and opportunity. 

Absence is to love what the wind is to fire. When it’s a small fire, the wind kills it but when it’s a real fire, it intensifies it.
—  Diane Von Furstenberg (rephrasing Roger de Bussy-Rabutin)

Can we erase the idea that Romano is jealous of Veneziano because he keeps the “Italy” title and instead assume that Romano gave it to him to help keep him alive