Coming soon to Blu-ray-DVD with a digital code from directors Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske along with Disney is the iconic boy who could fly with the memorable adventure of “Peter Pan.”
John (Paul Collins), Michael (Tommy Luske) and older sister Wendy (Kathryn Beaumont) live in the 1900s London. Spending time her brothers reading at bedtime is something Wendy truly loves but father George makes it clear that its time to stop but what they don’t expect is a visit from a flying boy named Peter Pan along with little-winged pixie Tinker Bell.
Peter is chasing his shadow and Wendy not only helps catch it but reattaches it. He also wants Wendy, Michael and John to come and be a part of Never Land. With a sprinkle of pixie dust, they are flying high!
What waits for them, besides the Lost Boys, is a pirate ship and Captain Hook (Hans Conried). Along with his first mate Mr. Smee (Bill Thompson), Hook holds only one person responsible for the loss of his hand and that’s Peter Pan. Of course the fact that the crocodile ticking his presence known might disagree, Hook wants Peter. Tinker Bell is also showing signs of jealousy towards Wendy and tries to convince the Lost Boys to shoot her out of the sky leading to her banishment.
John and Michael decide to explore the island a little and find the Indians but are taken because the island natives believe that they are responsible for the capture of Tiger Lily, the chief’s daughter while Wendy meets mermaids with Peter. The two also discover that it is Captain Hook who is responsible for the taking of Tiger Lily. Helping her escape brings a celebration but Tinker Bell isn’t finished. Captain Hook gets her to tell where Peter and the Lost Boys live.
Wendy is trying to convince Peter and the Lost Boys to come back with her so they can find their own families but Peter ignores them. That’s when Hook grabs Wendy and the boys to make them either sign onto his crew or walk the plank. Leaving a little present behind for Peter, Tinker Bell fears for her friend and that’s when Captain Hook discovers that it’s not quite so easy to come between Peter Pan and his friends.
Sometimes growing up doesn’t mean giving up being a kid!
Wendy, John and Michael are children that have grown up on the stories of Peter Pan and nothing has made them happier than to live their dream. The relationship between the children is so sweet and beautiful and Wendy definitely has the mother instinct — nothing against Nana the dog of course! When faced with the possibility that they will be separated, Wendy believes that going to Never Land may be her last chance before having to grow up.
Their journey isn’t without its problems in the form of a jealous pixie and a vengeful Captain but the adventure in them isn’t defined by them. Instead, they each want to explore and learn about the island, the Lost Boys and all they knew from the stories told by their sister. When it comes time to defend each other, they do just that.
Other cast of characters includes Heather Angel as Mrs. Darling, Hans Conried as Mr. Darling, Candy Candido as the Indian Chief and Tom Conway Narrating the story.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began distributing under its own label in 1980 and continues to bring quality programming to kids and kids at heart. Home of the most beloved animated features including “Snow White,” “Pinocchio” and “Sleeping Beauty,” to name a few is what keeps families coming back for more. To see what is currently available to add to your own family library go to www.movies.disney.com for their at home titles.
Blu-ray bonus extras include “Stories from Walt’s Office: Walt and Flight,” “A Darling Conversation with Wendy and John,” “Sing Along,” “‘You Can Fly’-Oke,” “‘Never Smile At A Crocodile’-Oke” and so much more!
The story of Peter Pan was created by playwright J.M. Barrie. Through his story children everywhere have embraced the story of the boy who could fly, a light-filled fairy, lost boys and three children who change everything! That isn’t the first adventure told by Barrie as he can be found in the 1902 The Little White Bird in the Chapter Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. A 1904 stage play also came about with Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. In 1911 the story of Peter and Wendy came to print as well.
In 1953, Walt Disney decided to create an animated film based on Barrie’s stage play. Adding such memorable songs such as “You Can Fly!,” “A Pirate’s Life,” “What Made the Red Man Red?” and “Never Smile at a Crocodile” brings the film to another level of an enjoyable experience. I remember each of these and enjoyed teaching them to my granddaughter who thinks the movie is so much fun.
Peter Pan is the kid we all tried to be and even let out from time to time when we became adults. The best part about the film is that it has become a generational story losing nothing in the translation. This is a story of family, friendships, humor, life, silliness, song, flight and the fun that has made “Peter Pan” iconic and beloved.
This film has stood the test of time in story and animation and with the multi-screen anniversary release of “Peter Pan,” the colors are even more vibrant, the songs crisp and the fun exactly where it should be. We have a Disney library in our home and it absolutely wouldn’t be complete without “Peter Pan” taking his place along with the most amazing animated films Disney has ever offered from its inception until now.
In the end — it will live in your heart forever!