Disney’s Peter Pan is celebrating its 60th anniversary! The movie was our latest family movie night. We were all eager to watch the story of the boy who didn’t want to grow up. This is one of the few Disney movies that my husband and I did not see as children. So my whole family saw this classic film together for the first time!
Darling siblings, Wendy, Michael and John believed in Peter Pan and awake to Peter Pan searching for his shadow. After Wendy returns Peter Pan’s shadow she informs Peter that her father has decided it is time for her to grow up and move out of the nursery. Mr. Darling also wants Wendy to stop filling her brothers heads with silly stories of Peter Pan. To avoid growing up, Peter takes Wendy and her brothers on a magical journey to Neverland. The siblings learn to fly, which for me was the most memorable scene in the movie.
Walt Disney had a knack for creating memorable characters and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell are definite stand outs. But we were surprised to see Tinkerbell with such a jealous streak and Peter Pan as sort of…a brat! The villain Captain Hook is bent on revenge for Peter Pan and the Lost Boys for cutting off his hand! “Tick-tock, tick-tock!” I got the feeling that all the females in the film were in love with Peter Pan (even the mermaids?). The film left me with questions and wanting to learn more of the back story of Peter Pan and his relationship with Captain Hook. Are the pirates the adults they avoid turning into? I’ve actually put the original books by J.M. Barre on hold from the library for some insight.
I felt the film had a message to live life to the fullest.Staying connected to our inner child us so important and I think many of us wish we could be young again. Our generation of kids are expected to grow up so quickly. It’s so important to let children explore their imaginations and be creative. It seems there’s a smaller window of time for being a child these days. One day I hope my daughter looks back at her childhood as adventurous and happy. My daughter definitely enjoyed the film as she watched with innocent eyes. It has me yearning for my youthful days!
DETAILS: The Walt Disney Studios celebrates the 60th Anniversary release of Walt Disney’s classic, “Peter Pan,” as it soars to all-new heights – with a new digital restoration and high definition picture and sound – for the first time on Blu-ray™. The classic tale that taught us all “to believe” and first introduced us to the Darling children – Wendy, John and Michael – as they flew with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on ‘till morning to the enchanted world of Never Land. Rediscover the magical adventure and relive childhood memories of this great bedtime story.
The “Peter Pan” Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy & Storybook App) is a “must-own” addition to everyone’s home entertainment collection, filled with high-flying bonus features for all ages that includes – the groundbreaking feature Disney Intermission, Growing up with Nine Old Men short film, never-before-seen Deleted Scenes and a never-before-heard Deleted Song.
“Peter Pan” is a timeless classic from Disney’s Golden Age of animation. The film is one of three to boast all nine of Walt’s famous “Nine Old Men” as Directing Animators, and is a revered audience favorite. “Peter Pan” Diamond Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack will be available for a limited time only for the suggested retail price of $44.99 (US) and $51.99 (Canada) from Walt Disney Studios.
About “Peter Pan” Filmmakers & Cast:
“Peter Pan” was executive produced by Walt Disney (Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland) and directed by Clyde Geronimi (101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp), Wilfred Jackson (Lady and the Tramp, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella) and Hamilton Luske (101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp). The character were voiced by Bobby Driscoll (Treasure Island, Song of the South) as Peter Pan, Kathryn Beaumont (Alice in Wonderland, TV’s “The Walt Disney Christmas Show”) as Wendy Darling, Paul Collins (Evan Almighty, Mother) as John Darling, Tommy Luske (TV’s “The Walt Disney Christmas Show”) as Michael Darling, Hans Conried (TV’s “The Hobbit,” TV’s “Horton Hears A Who!”) as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling, Bill Thompson (Lady and the Tramp, Alice in Wonderland) Mr. Smee/Other Pirates, Heather Angel (Alice in Wonderland, Suspicion), Tom Conway (101 Dalmatians, Cat People) as the narrator.
Suggested Retail: 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD, DVD, Digital Copy & Storybook App) = $44.99 U.S. / $51.99 Canada; 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD & DVD) = $39.99 U.S. / $46.99 Canada; Digital & On-Demand = please check with your television provider or favorite digital retailer for pricing
Bonus Features: Disney Intermission (new), Growing up with Nine Old Men (new), Disney View (new), Introduction by Diane Disney Miller (new), Deleted Songs & Scenes , You Can Fly: The Making of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale, Disney Song Selections, Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney, Music Videos & More!
Rating: G (bonus material not rated)
Feature Run Time: 77 minutes
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. Tee received Blu-ray combo pack from Disney PR free of charge to facilitate this review. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.