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Peter Pan [1953] (2 discs)

Director:Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Jack Kinney
Wilfred Jackson
Writer:Bill Peet
Erdman Penner
Joe Rinaldi
Milt Banta
Ralph Wright
Ted Sears
William Cottrell
Winston Hibler
Composer:Oliver Wallace
Songs:Erdman Penner
Frank Churchill
Oliver Wallace
Sammy Cahn
Sammy Fain
Length:77 minutes
(1 hour 17 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

Reaction: Classic and fun. A few moments that would be very different today, but still enjoyable.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Clyde Geronimi => Director
Hamilton Luske => Director
Jack Kinney => Director
Wilfred Jackson => Director
Bill Peet => Writer
Erdman Penner => Writer / Songs
Joe Rinaldi => Writer
Milt Banta => Writer
Ralph Wright => Writer
Ted Sears => Writer
William Cottrell => Writer
Winston Hibler => Writer
Oliver Wallace => Composer / Songs
Frank Churchill => Songs
Sammy Cahn => Songs
Sammy Fain => Songs
Bill Thompson => Mr. Smee / Pirates  (voice)
Bobby Driscoll => Peter Pan  (voice)
Candy Candido => Indian Chief  (voice)
Hans Conried => Captain Hook / Mr. Darling  (voice)
Heather Angel => Mrs. Darling  (voice)
June Foray => Mermaid / Squaw  (voice) (uncredited)
Kathryn Beaumont => Wendy Darling  (voice)
Lucille Bliss => Mermaid  (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Collins => John Darling  (voice)
Tom Conway => Narrator  (voice)
Tommy Luske => Michael Darling  (voice)

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  • Though the film was extremely successful, Walt Disney himself was dissatisfied with the finished product, feeling that the character of Peter Pan was cold and unlikable. However, experts on J.M. Barrie praise this as a success, as they insist that Pan was originally written to be a heartless sociopath.
  • Peter Pan Syndrome became a pop culture catch phrase as a result of this character.
  • The Peter Pan Broadway musical which rivaled the original play in popularity came out the next year, in 1954, and starred [?] Mary Martin, and then others like Sandy Duncan and [?] Cathy Rigby.
  • In the play, the Lost Boys were infants who fell out of their prams while the nurses weren't looking. Whereas Peter Pan is a permanent resident of Neverland, the Lost Boys are only temporary lodgers. Passages in the original book by James Barrie ("Peter and Wendy") talk of Peter Pan switching sides when the Lost Boys were at war with the Indians, and killing Lost Boys just for fun. It's also implied that Peter "thins out" the Lost Boys when they get too old or disruptive, which some people have interpreted as killing them. If they seem to grow up, Pan would kill them to prevent Neverland from an overpopulation and reduce the chances of a challenge to his rule.
  • In the original play, Hook loses his right hand, but the Disney artists felt that would limit his actions too much, and switched the hook to the left hand.
  • In compliance with the tradition of the stage version, the same actor, Hans Conried, performed the roles of both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook; the two characters' looks were even modeled after his. Nana and the Crocodile are also a "dual role" on stage, which the animators acknowledge by giving the Crocodile canine qualities.
  • Many Peter Pan purists were very upset by the characterization of Tinker Bell as a petulant (and voluptuous) young woman.
  • The Darling children become very sleepy as their parents leave the room. This may not be merely because it is their bed time. The "tonic" given to the children by Nana may have been morphine. It was quite common in the early 20th century to give children "soothing syrups" and "tonics" to control their behavior. These concoctions turned out to consist of several different narcotics.
  • Michael Jackson's favorite film. He bestowed the name Neverland on his ranch in Santa Barbara, complete with a private amusement park. (Jackson was forced to vacate it after controversy over his involvement with young, unsupervised children on the premises in 2005.)
  • 22 year-old [?] Margaret Kerry (who measured 35-25-36, and provides the voice of the red-haired mermaid) was the real-life model for Tinker Bell. Persistent rumors have incorrectly named Marilyn Monroe in this position.
  • The phrase "Second to the right and straight on till morning" was changed into "Second star to the right..." for the Disney version. Also, since the stage musical version with Mary Martin opened on Broadway in 1954, non-Disney versions have used the term "Never Never Land" as opposed to "Neverland."
  • Originally, this was intended to be the second animated feature created by the studio after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Supervising animator Milt Kahl recalled that he had a particular challenge on this film. He had to learn how to animate a character's weightlessness as much of the time Peter Pan was not flying but simply floating in midair. Kahl resolved the issue by having Peter's upper body arrive first, with his lower body catching up afterward.
  • [?] JRR Tolkein was a Peter Pan fan. Neverland and the Lost Boys had a definite impact on Middle-earth; Peter Pan himself particularly influenced the elves.
  • Ronald D. Moore, one of the executive producers and developer of the revamped [Battlestar Galactica], cites this film as the inspiration for one of the recurring themes of his series concerning the cyclical nature of time. The opening line of the film "All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again" is frequently quoted as a piece of scripture in Moore's series.
  • Ironically, Peter Pan's voice has changed, even though he insists he'll never grow up.
  • The film has been seen as racist in recent years due to the way Disney portrayed the Native American "Indians" in the film. They are displayed as wild, savage, and violent, and speak in a stereotypical way. The characters often call them savages and at one point Captain Hook refers to them as "redskins". John, Michael and the Lost Boys go hunting them like animals - the Lost Boys mention lions and bears as other alternatives. In the song "What Made the Red Man Red?" the Indians themselves reflect on how they got the color of their skin; they maintain a permanent blush due to their ancestor's pursuit of a woman; and that asking "How?" is a major catalyst for Indian education. These stereotypes are present in J.M. Barrie's play. Marc Davis, one of the supervising animators of the film, said in an interview years after the production that "I'm not sure we would have done the Indians if we were making this movie now. And if we had we wouldn't do them the way we did back then."