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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A pet project of Walt Disney's since 1939, this animated version of James M. Barrie's Peter Pan reached full fruition in 1953. Eschewing much of Barrie's gentle whimsy (not to mention the more sinister aspects of the leading character), Disney and his staff fashioned a cheery, tuneful cartoon extravaganza, which cost $4 million and reaped several times thatSee more details below

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A pet project of Walt Disney's since 1939, this animated version of James M. Barrie's Peter Pan reached full fruition in 1953. Eschewing much of Barrie's gentle whimsy (not to mention the more sinister aspects of the leading character), Disney and his staff fashioned a cheery, tuneful cartoon extravaganza, which cost $4 million and reaped several times that amount. The straightforward story concerns the Darling family, specifically the children: Wendy, Michael and John. Wendy enjoys telling her younger siblings stories about the mythical Peter Pan, the little boy who never grew up. One night, much to everyone's surprise, Peter flies into the Darling nursery, in search of his shadow, which Wendy had previously captured. Sprinkling the kids with magic pixie dust, Peter flies off to Never-Never Land, with Wendy, Michael and John following behind. Once in Peter's domain, the children are terrorized by Captain Hook, who intends to capture Peter and do away with him. After rescuing Indian princess Tiger Lily from Captain Hook, Peter must save the children, not to mention his own "Lost Boys," from the diabolical pirate captain. In addition, he must contend with the jealousy of tiny sprite Tinker Bell, who doesn't like Wendy one little bit. Breaking with several traditions, Peter had been played by a girl in all previous incarnations, Tinker Bell had always been depicted by a shaft of light, etc ... this "Disneyized" version of Peter Pan may not be authentic James Barrie, but it has never failed to enthrall audiences of all ages. Adding to the fun are the spirited voiceover performances by Bobby Driscoll (Peter), Hans Conried (Captain Hook and Mr. Darling), Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy) and Bill Thompson (Smee), and the sprightly songs by Sammy Cahn, Sammy Fain, Ollie Wallace, Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Frank Churchill and Jack Lawrence.

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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:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0786936164114
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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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