Writers: J.M Barrie (Play), many other writers (adaptation)
Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conreid, Bill Thompson
"It will live in your heart forever." I could not think of a better line to describe Peter Pan than this. When I was a little boy, I used to watch this movie at least once every couple of weeks. Alice in Wonderland may have the most imagination, but Peter Pan has more magic. This movie just gets me so excited! There was so much in this film that was funny and awe inspiring. It was also a little sad for me to watch, for I was around the same age as the young characters when I first saw this film... now that I'm 18, that means I'm a grown-up. There's something so beautiful about being a child forever... I guess this is a fantasy that adults can relate to as well.
It's the story of three young children, Wendy, John and Michael, who believe in a boy that can fly called Peter Pan. He and his magic pixie friend, Tinkerbell, live in a beautiful place called Neverland, where pirates, mermaids, Indians, and a crocodile with a vengeance live. One night Peter happens to fly into their room to look for his shadow (that Wendy caught). After a magical introduction to Peter, he and the three children fly off to Neverland, where they'll never grow up and there's always something awesome lurking around the corner.
|Tinkerbell just remembered how she nearly killed Wendy|
However, being with Peter Pan does kind of make it magical and fun. He's a pretty cool character who clearly never grew up both mentally and physically. It's his pal Tinkerbell that is a little bit heinous. She gets jealous of Wendy's relationship with Peter, so she devises some pretty awful schemes to get rid of her. Say what you will about Tinkerbell, she's a pretty nasty character.
Captain Hook and Mr. Smee are the real stars of the show. They're the ones that give us the most laughs, with their hilarious antics and stupid actions. One thing I absolutely loved about this movie was the crocodile with an alarm clock inside its belly. The crocodile had taken Hook's hand, so he had a taste for the Captain ever since. No matter where Captain Hook went, the crocodile wasn't far behind with a tic-tocking stomach. It's childish humor, but I found it really funny none the less.
|Oh Mr. Smee, how I love thee!|
Nitpicking aside, this is one of the greatest stories ever created. It's definitely in the top 10 greatest children's stories of all time, alongside Alice in Wonderland and The Hobbit. (Well, I guess The Hobbit isn't really a children's story, but I loved it more than anything as a child). I love the way it is adapted in this film, with awesome voice actors and excellent animation. It has spectacular music too, my favorite song being "You can fly." Ahh, no matter how old I am, I'll always want Peter Pan to whisk me away from normality for a day or two.