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Peter Pan

Action & Adventure movie directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wilfred Jackson

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high-flying Disney classic

  • May 22, 2002
PETER PAN remains one of Disney's most fondly-remembered films. Despite appearing in the same decade as Mary Martin's Broadway and television version, it is neither lessened nor ignored in comparison.

Peter Pan (voiced by Disney's resident juvenile lead Bobby Driscoll) takes young Wendy (Kathryn Beaumont) along with Michael and John on a flight of fancy to Neverland, where you can never grow old.

In their fantastic adventure, Peter and the Lost Boys battle the nefarious Captain Hook (Hans Conried), the bumbling Crocodile and the bloodthirsty Indians.

The story deals with the abandoned dreams of childhood, a child's wish to remain young and the resentment of having to grow up. James Barrie's story speaks to the child in all of us.

This beautiful new DVD reissue coincides with Disney's new sequel, RETURN TO NEVERLAND, and includes a fantastic audio commentary, still galleries, DVD storybook and featurettes.

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Byron has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 12. He has had a great variety of roles (both on-stage and off). In addition he has hosted the long-running "Show Business" programme … more
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Peter Pan has a special place in the realm of classic animated Disney films: it instills an element of childlike wonder. The 1953 version of James M. Barrie's story is colorfully told and keeps on the straight and narrow of the book. Barrie's wondrous focus on child's play is the key to its longevity: kids who don't grow up, shadows that run away from their owners, pirates, a fairy, and the magic ability to fly. In short, you can't help wishing the adventure would happen to you. Fueled by a few memorable songs (the stunner being "You Can Fly") and the strong impression of the pixie fairy Tinkerbell and the goofy Captain Hook, Disney's version of this story neither supplants nor lessens the Broadway version with Mary Martin that was produced for television the same decade. Unlike some classics,Peter Pan never ages along the way.--Doug Thomas
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Genre: Adventure, Animation, Classics, Family, Fantasy
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2002 ; March 6, 2007
Runtime: 77 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Studios
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