Peter Pan

I love Peter Pan. I’ve seen serval versions and adaptions of the film and play, I even played the role of Curly (a Lost Boy) once when I was twelve which started my streak of playing male characters in plays. I have, however, never seen this Disney version. I thought I had, but what I’d actually “seen” was a storybook with a cassette accompaniment I used to listen to and read when I was younger. This is one of the films on our list I was the most excited about.

Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasyadventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and was originally released on February 5, 1953, by RKO Radio Pictures. Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney’s founding of his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, later in 1953 after the film was released. Peter Pan is also the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators.” Thanks wiki!

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Age of film: February 1953

Date Watched: 26th April 2016

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  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 6
      • Actually felt like a bit of a step back from some of the others but still pretty good

    • Sara – 7
      • Is it possible that this wasn’t as good as Alice or Cinderella? I felt like it was definitely lacking some of the details that those two had, but was still pretty good.
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 5
      • I think kids would still like it watching it fresh today, but some of the stuff about the Indians and growing up is a bit out-dated.

    • Sara – 6
      • Wendy is twelve and talking about growing up. I’m 24 and I still wonder if perhaps that’s something I should think about looking into thinking about doing… Also I don’t know if all the Red Indian storyline is very politically correct.
  • Songs
    • Lincoln – 5
      • Nothing that really got me going but I guess they weren’t awful.

    • Sara – 7
      • Definitely the first film we’ve watched so far where I actually like two of the songs more than a ‘tolerating it’ kinda level.
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 3
      • All the stuff about the “red injuns” was pretty hilariously shocking. I also didn’t like the way that the women in the film were all docile peacekeepers while the men were in charge and getting stuff done.

    • Sara – 4
      • Men working / women staying at home and sewing and cooking etc. Women being “motherly” and being responsible for raising the children, probably not so good. The indian stuff really surprised me at how politically incorrect it was – What Makes The Red Man Red… probably not okay.
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 6
      • The way the pirates spoke was pretty violent (constant talk of slitting throats and such) but otherwise there was nothing too confronting, I can’t see it doing any harm.

    • Sara – 7
      • For sure if they wanted to! Probably have to explain to them not to refer to Indians in the way that they are in the film.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Didn’t take too long and there were no times where I felt bored or anything.

    • Sara – 7
      • I thought it went really quickly! So that’s usually a good sign
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 4
      • I think because the film whitwashes a lot of the darker themes with comedic elements (such as Hook being mauled by the crocodile in a totally outrageous way) the more serious plotpoints were less impacting than they could have been. I feel sorry for the Lost Boys, because they seem to be psychologically trapped in this weird world of Peter’s, and I quite liked the 3 British kids. I dunno, it just didn’t get me sucked right in like some other Disney films do.

    • Sara – 6
      • Now that I think about it, I don’t think I was that emotionally attached to the story. Perhaps I felt a little bit bad for Nana when Mr Darling put her outside. I also probably felt a bit bad for the way that Tinkerbell was treating Wendy.
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • At first I wondered why Peter didn’t just murder Hook, he could fly out of the sky and stab the guy right in the neck and be done with it, but after a while I realised that he didn’t want to do this because he’s not a bad guy, even if he is a bit of a brat. So as a whole I felt like the film followed its own logic pretty well.

    • Sara – 8
      • It’s all fantasy so it doesn’t really need to make sense…right? Do the other lost boy’s parents wonder where they are?
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 5
      • Didn’t dig it as much as I thought I would, and I can’t really pinpoint why. To me, Peter is a pretty unlikable character, so this spoils the film a bit.

    • Sara – 7
      • Probably still one of my fave stories generally, I don’t know that this is my favourite version though.
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 4
      • I wouldn’t rush out to watch it again but I wouldn’t actively avoid it.

    • Sara – 6
      • I would if it came up, but I wouldn’t be super disappointed if I didn’t.
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln –  At the start of the film I was wondering why the kids knew anything about Peter Pan and Captain Hook, like does the book about him exist in-universe? Sara explained that within the story, Peter is sort of like a Santa-type person who kids believe in. This made it confusing in the beginning but it was alright. I think as a whole I just didn’t like a lot of the characters.
    • Sara – I think it’s an interesting idea – the whole not growing up thing. I mean, I know that Disney didn’t come up with the story – J.M. Barrie did, but the fact that they chose this for a film I think is cool. I really liked it, although given that Wendy is twelve – she’s an odd mix between being super naive about stuff and being a child.

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Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – John
  • Sara – Michael is really cute.

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – If I had to pick I’d say the one about mothers.
  • Sara – You Can Fly

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – Hook being harassed by the crocodile was funny, especially at the end. Interesting we never actually saw him die…
  • Sara – When we are first introduced to Peter and Wendy helps him out with his shadow.

Total Ranking By Lincoln –  52/100

Total Ranking By Sara –  66/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.

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Bye for now!

Sara

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