Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th Disney animated feature film and was a major success at the box office among critics and fans alike.
Peter Pan is the final Disney animated feature in the Canon 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. It is also the second Disney animated film starring Kathryn Beaumont, Heather Angel, and Bill Thompson after their roles in the animated feature Alice in Wonderland.
Wendy and her two brothers are amazed when a magical boy named Peter Pan flies into their bedroom, supposedly in pursuit of his rebellious shadow. He and his fairy friend, Tinkerbell, come from a far-off place called Neverland, where children stay perpetually young. Enchanted, the kids follow him back. But when Pan's nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook, causes trouble, the kids begin to miss their old life.
Why It Rocks
- Beautiful animation.
- Great cast of characters, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and Captain Hook.
- Tinkerbell's character development; she starts off as a jealous brat, but becomes nicer later on in the film.
- The Neverland setting is amazing.
- Awesome songs, like the timeless classic, "You Can Fly!"
- The action scenes are fun and cool.
- Captain Hook is a really entertaining villain and Hans Conried did a great job voicing him.
- It has a sequel, Return to Neverland, which was decent.
- The film was so popular that the characters Peter Pan, Wendy and the Captain Hook became meet and greet characters at Walt Disney World.
- Funny and hilarious slapstick moments between Captain Hook and Tik-Tok the Crocodile.
- The Native Americans are racist sterotypes and they also sing an offensive song called "What Makes the Red Man Red?". To be fair though, back in the era this movie was made, this kind of stuff was acceptable.
Bosley Crowther of The New York Times criticized the film's lack of faithfulness to the original play claiming it "has the story but not the spirit of Peter Pan as it was plainly conceived by its author and is usually played on the stage." Nevertheless, he praised the colors are "more exciting and the technical features of the job, such as the synchronization of voices with the animation of lips, are very good." However, Time gave the film a highly favorable review, making no reference to the changes from the original play.
Rotten Tomatoes reported the film received an approval rating of 79% based on 33 reviews with an average score of 7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though it doesn't delve deeply into the darkness of J.M. Barrie's tale, Peter Pan is a heartwarming, exuberant film with some great tunes.".
- Peter Pan was Michael Jackson's favorite movie. That's why he named the ranch that owned after Never Neverland.