Peter Pan

Peter Pan

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Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bobby Driscoll

Cast: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bobby Driscoll


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Disney's 1953 film version of the beloved fairy tale Peter Pan comes to DVD on this bare-bones release. The standard full-frame transfer and the Dolby Digital Stereo Sound make for adequate viewing of this family favorite. There are neither subtitles nor foreign language tracks available on this disc.


Disney's 1953 film version of the beloved fairy tale Peter Pan comes to DVD on this bare-bones release. The standard full-frame transfer and the Dolby Digital Stereo Sound make for adequate viewing of this family favorite. There are neither subtitles nor foreign language tracks available on this disc.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Peter Pan's stature as one of Disney's most beloved animated features is a testament not only to the animators' artistry but also to a fantasy so irresistible it inspired its own syndrome. A benchmark of the studio's second Golden Age (which began with 1950's Cinderella), Peter Pan (1953) liberates James M. Barrie's timeless story from its stage-bound conventions. Peter (voiced by Bobby Driscoll) is portrayed as an actual boy, and Nana as an actual dog. Tinker Bell is fleshed out as the screen's most fetching fairy, as opposed to a dancing dervish of light. And no wired acrobatics can beat this film's stunning set piece, the Darling children's flight over nighttime London toward Never Land, where the "Lost Boys," wild Indians, Captain Hook, and his sidekick Smee await. The soaring musical score includes the Disney standards "You Can Fly," "Follow the Leader," and "A Pirate's Life for Me." This two-disc Platinum Edition takes Peter Pan to dazzling heights with newly produced featurettes that chronicle the film's history. "A Fairy's Tale" puts to rest the rumor that Tinker Bell was modeled on Marilyn Monroe. Also included is a dramatic reading of a magazine article, credited to Walt Disney, titled "Why I Made Peter Pan." Unearthed treasures from the Disney archives include two lost songs, "Pirates Song" and "Never Land," originally written in 1940. A thorough audio commentary hosted by Roy Disney features, among others, film historian Leonard Maltin, author of The Disney Films, Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Wendy, and legendary animators Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Marc Davis. This two-disc set is DVD pixie dust that will enchant a new generation, who will be carried away by a story and film that will never grow old.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By 1953, the Disney studio had animation down to a fine science. Critics had gotten used to the magic of animation as well, which may explain why Peter Pan, an entertaining and agreeable little gem, did not receive as strong a critical reception as it deserved. Audiences, however, responded enthusiastically, and have continued to do so down through the years. Although the original story has been "Disneyfied", much to the chagrin of purists, the result is exciting, imaginative, and engaging. While the animation is excellent throughout, it reaches its apex in the thrilling flying sequences. Achieving a sense of flight is especially difficult in a two-dimensional medium such as a cartoon, so the craftsmen's work here (done, of course, without the aid of computers) is especially notable. Modern audiences may be made uneasy by the depiction of the Indian tribe, but the designs themselves are in a classic cartoon style. The character animation -- from Peter's cockiness to Tinkerbell's peevishness -- is first rate. As usual, the vocal casting and performances are top-notch, with Hans Conreid's Hook a particular delight. The score, including "You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!" and "A Pirate's Life," is winning and fits the story well. Peter Pan was a fine feather in the cap of its triumvirate of directors, who would soon go on to create the equally memorable Lady and the Tramp.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

Special Features

French-language track; Full-color character artwork on disc

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bobby Driscoll Peter Pan
Kathryn Beaumont Wendy
Hans Conried Capt. Hook,Mr. Darling
Bill Thompson Mr. Smee
Heather Angel Mrs. Darling
Paul Collins John
Tommy Luske Michael
Candy Candido Indian Chief
Tom Conway Narrator
Roland DuPree Actor
Don Barclay Actor

Technical Credits
Clyde Geronimi Director
Wilfred Jackson Director
Hamilton Luske Director
Hal Ambro Animator
Milt Banta Screenwriter
Mary Blair Set Decoration/Design
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Bob Carlson Animator
Frank Churchill Songwriter
Clark Animator
Eric Cleworth Animator
Claude Coats Set Decoration/Design
Tom Codrick Consultant/advisor
William Cottrell Screenwriter
Marc Davis Animator
Walt Disney Producer
Norman Ferguson Animator
Hugh Fraser Animator
Blaine Gibson Special Effects
Donald Da Gradi Set Decoration/Design
Don Griffith Consultant/advisor
Donald Halliday Editor
Jerry Hathcock Animator
John Hench Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Hennesy Consultant/advisor
Winston Hibler Screenwriter
Bill Justice Animator
Ken Anderson Consultant/advisor
Ward Kimball Animator
Hal King Animator
Eric Larson Animator
John Lounsbery Animator
Don Lusk Animator
Daniel MacManus Special Effects
Joshua Meador Special Effects
Fred Moore Animator
Lance Nolley Consultant/advisor
Cliff Nordberg Animator
Ken O'Brien Animator
Kendall O'Connor Consultant/advisor
Bill Peet Screenwriter
Erdman Penner Screenwriter
Charles Philippi Consultant/advisor
Edward Plumb Musical Arrangement
Thor Putnam Consultant/advisor
Joe Rinaldi Screenwriter
George Rowley Special Effects
Ted Sears Screenwriter
Art Stevens Animator
Mac Stewart Consultant/advisor
Harvey Toombs Animator
Oliver Wallace Score Composer
Clair Weeks Animator
Judge Whitaker Animator
Marvin Woodward Animator
Ralph Wright Screenwriter
Al Zinnen Consultant/advisor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/"The Second Star to the Right" [:14]
2. All This Has Happened Before... [:07]
3. Nursery Games [1:40]
4. Nana Is Put Out for the Night [1:40]
5. Peter Pan Searches for His Shadow [1:56]
6. Wendy Meets Peter [3:54]
7. Michael and John Wake Up [2:39]
8. Peter Teaches the Children to Fly ("You Can Fly") [2:02]
9. Off to Never Land! [2:46]
10. Never Land/"A Pirate's Life" [:38]
11. A Close Shave for Captain Hook [:24]
12. A Dream Come True [1:52]
13. "Following the Leader" [2:21]
14. The Boys Are Captured by the Indians [3:19]
15. Peter and Wendy at Mermaid Lagoon [1:30]
16. Captain Hook Captures Tiger Lily [2:20]
17. Peter's Prank [4:09]
18. A Codfish on a Hook [2:09]
19. A Setback for Captain Hook [2:33]
20. Smee Brings News of Trouble [1:48]
21. "What Makes the Red Man Red?" [4:10]
22. Captain Hook Tricks Tinker Bell [1:15]
23. Back at Hangman's Tree [2:05]
24. "Your Mother and Mine" [1:07]
25. "The Elegant Captain Hook" [3:08]
26. Tink Goes to Peter's Rescue [1:36]
27. The Pen or the Plank [1:07]
28. Peter Pan the Avenger [3:32]
29. The Final Showdown [2:03]
30. Captain Pan Sets Sail for London [1:49]
31. Back in the Nursery [1:41]

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