Peter Pan

Peter Pan

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Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

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


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Disney's classic animated feature about never growing up, Peter Pan, comes to DVD in a brand new special edition. This transfer is featured in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full frame. While inherent problems exist due to age (including a small amount of grain), the bulk of this transfer looks crisp and very bright. The colors and black levelsSee more details below


Disney's classic animated feature about never growing up, Peter Pan, comes to DVD in a brand new special edition. This transfer is featured in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full frame. While inherent problems exist due to age (including a small amount of grain), the bulk of this transfer looks crisp and very bright. The colors and black levels are all even and well saturated. In short, this is the finest looking print of Peter Pan yet. The audio is presented in a new Dolby 5.1 remix in English. The sound on this disc still has a very distinct flatness to it, though there are some instances of surround use in the front speakers. Otherwise the bulk of this track is confined to only the center speaker. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are free of any distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc is a Dolby 2.0 soundtrack in French and Spanish, as well as English subtitles. Fans will be thrilled to see the amount of extra material on this disc is more bountiful than Captain Hook's own treasure trove. To start with there is an insightful commentary track by Roy Disney, as well as interview segments with Leonard Maltin, John Canemaker, and Jeff Kurtti, among others. This is a well-edited track with tons of information about the making of the movie. Two featurettes, "You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan" and "The Peter Pan Story," are included that run a total of 30 minutes combined. The first featurette is a retrospective that features interviews with various crew members and fans. The second dates to around 1953 and is a promo piece for the theatrical release of the film. A still frame gallery includes about 60 stills of discarded concepts, character development, and promotional items. A singalong feature lets kids croon to their favorite songs karaoke-style. Finally there is a read-along for "Peter's Playful Pranks," a trivia game called "The Pirate Treasure Hunt Game," and an exclusive look at the newly released sequel Return to Neverland. Also included in this initial DVD release is a coupon for six dollars off the theatrical release of the sequel. For fans of this animated classic, this DVD should please on all levels.

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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.

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Product Details

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

Special Features

"You Can Fly! The Making of Peter Pan"; "The Peter Pan Story"; Audio commentary by Roy Disney; "Peter's Playful Prank" storybook; Pirate Treasure Hunt game; DVD-ROM web links; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Original theatrical aspect ratio; Digitally remastered and restored; French- and Spanish-language tracks

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

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/"The Second Star to the Right" [:21]
2. All This Has Happened Before... [1:42]
3. Nursery Games [1:42]
4. Nana Is Put Out for the Night [1:42]
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" [1:03]
11. A Close Shave for Captain Hook [1:53]
12. A Dream Come True [2:21]
13. "Following the Leader" [4:49]
14. The Boys Are Captured by the Indians [2:20]
15. Peter and Wendy at Mermaid Lagoon [4:10]
16. Captain Hook Captures Tiger Lily [2:10]
17. Peter's Prank [2:31]
18. A Codfish on a Hook [1:48]
19. A Setback for Captain Hook [4:10]
20. Smee Brings News of Trouble [1:15]
21. "What Makes the Red Man Red?" [2:05]
22. Captain Hook Tricks Tinker Bell [1:07]
23. Back at Hangman's Tree [3:08]
24. "Your Mother and Mine" [2:43]
25. "The Elegant Captain Hook" [3:32]
26. Tink Goes to Peter's Rescue [2:03]
27. The Pen or the Plank [3:30]
28. Peter Pan the Avenger [1:49]
29. The Final Showdown [:15]
30. Captain Pan Sets Sail for London [:15]
31. Back in the Nursery [:15]

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