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PETER PAN (1953)

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PETER PAN (1953)

Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:08

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The Buzz:

 

     Visited in the night by a mysterious boy… the Darling family suffers as their children are mysteriously kidnapped… the kids, however, have the adventure of a lifetime! Guided by the enigmatic Peter Pan and his troublesome band of Lost Boys; Wendy, Michael, and John must face down pirates, man-eating crocodiles, and angry Indians to eventually get home. 

 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     This is a classic family film done by Disney. It has adventure, excitement, humor, and a fantastic moral. Most people know this story and know this movie, so I shouldn’t have to sell you on it. What’s interesting is the story of how this came to be in a time when Disney was young and making a name for itself. 

 

     Peter Pan was actually the final picture released through the famous RKO Pictures. After the success of Peter Pan Walt Disney decided to open up his own film distribution company, Buena Vista. Additionally, this film was the last Disney picture that the men known as “Disney’s Nine Old Men” worked together. Despite their name, The Nine Old Men were only in their 30’s, but were the core animators (and later directors) for the Walt Disney films of the 1940s. It was their artistic vision that created classic animated features like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, and Bambi. Widely considered the Godfathers of what we consider modern animation, they refined what is still taught as the 12 basic principles of animation. 

 

     Peter Pan was also the film that brought back together the talented voice actors that collaborated to make their acclaimed picture, Alice in Wonderland - Kathryn Beaumont, Heather Angel, and Bill Thompson. Interestingly, despite being over 80 years old, Beaumont continues to be the voice of Wendy Darling in recent follow ups to the Peter Pan tales told by Disney as well as in the Square Enix video games Kingdom Hearts

 

     Walt Disney loved the play of Barrie’s Peter Pan and had always intended on producing it as an animated film since he started the Walt Disney company. In fact, it had been slated to be the second feature to go into production, but was pushed back to the 14th due to a number of conflicts. First was an elongated battle with the hospital that Barrie had bequeathed the rights to play to when he passed. After eventually coming to a deal which gave Disney rights to create the picture they began production only to have the U.S. enter WWII. At that point the government took control of Walt Disney Studios to force them to create propaganda films, completely halting production on Peter Pan and a number of other projects. Directly after the war Disney was battling to stay above water and out of bankruptcy due to the years of working on propaganda films. They could not pick up production on Peter Pan until they recouped losses. To do this they were forced to make package films, essentially features consisting of numerous short stories. 

 

     Despite being almost doomed to never be, Peter Pan released in 1953 to critical acclaim. While some mentioned the changes from the Barrie play, those gripes were short lived and the film has largely been touted as having some of the best animation of the time and still to this day harbors a largely positive review score all over.   

 

Sword fighting in our house has a different meaning...

Potential Hangovers:

 

     While overall a fantastic story and film, it does differ from the original play. In some respects, rather drastically. However, this is pretty common practice by Walt Disney Pictures and should come as no surprise by anyone. Additionally, there has been backlash throughout the last few decades regarding the stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans in the picture. While no where near as bad as Disney’s red-headed step-child Song of the South, there is definitely some politically incorrect moments here. However, since all of Neverland is overly exaggerated and fantasized to create a sense of wonder and adventure I consider it fairly understandable.     

 

Played that bitch my flute... bitches love flutes...

The Vibe: Family Night

 

     This was my favorite movie as a child, and continues into adulthood to be my second favorite movie of all time. Peter Pan has had such an impact on me as a person it’s very near impossible for me to explain it all here, suffice to say I have a tattoo of the character to remind me of all he means to me. While I might be an extreme case, I have no doubt that this movie and story has left fond memories in many people of many ages since 1953. Thankfully, Disney opted to rerelease this movie on DVD and Blu-ray in the last few years and so it can continue to inspire children of all ages to balance the responsibilities of life with the necessity to retain their youth and sense of wonder and adventure.     

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+ Classic Disney

+ Wonderful story of the pros and cons of growing up

- Politically incorrect portrayal of Native Americans

 

 

Drinking Games:

 

- Any time Tock is coming, last person to put their finger on their nose finishes their drink.

- Drink when there’s a racial stereotype.

- Drink when there’s a gender stereotype.

- Drink when Peter pillow talks a girl.

- Drink when Wendy puts her hands on her hips

- HARDCORE: Drink for as long as someone is flying on screen.

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