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Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan




Critic Consensus: 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.

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A pet project of Walt Disney's since 1939, this animated version of James M. Barrie's Peter Pan reached full fruition in 1953. Eschewing much of Barrie's gentle whimsy (not to mention the more sinister aspects of the leading character), Disney and his staff fashioned a cheery, tuneful cartoon extravaganza, which cost $4 million and reaped several times that amount. The straightforward story concerns the Darling family, specifically the children: Wendy, Michael and John. Wendy enjoys telling her younger siblings stories about the mythical Peter Pan, the little boy who never grew up. One night, much to everyone's surprise, Peter flies into the Darling nursery, in search of his shadow, which Wendy had previously captured. Sprinkling the kids with magic pixie dust, Peter flies off to Never-Never Land, with Wendy, Michael and John following behind. Once in Peter's domain, the children are terrorized by Captain Hook, who intends to capture Peter and do away with him. After rescuing Indian princess Tiger Lily from Captain Hook, Peter must save the children, not to mention his own "Lost Boys," from the diabolical pirate captain. In addition, he must contend with the jealousy of tiny sprite Tinker Bell, who doesn't like Wendy one little bit. Breaking with several traditions, Peter had been played by a girl in all previous incarnations, Tinker Bell had always been depicted by a shaft of light, etc ... this "Disneyized" version of Peter Pan may not be authentic James Barrie, but it has never failed to enthrall audiences of all ages. Adding to the fun are the spirited voiceover performances by Bobby Driscoll (Peter), Hans Conried (Captain Hook and Mr. Darling), Kathryn Beaumont (Wendy) and Bill Thompson (Smee), and the sprightly songs by Sammy Cahn, Sammy Fain, Ollie Wallace, Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Frank Churchill and Jack Lawrence.more
Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner
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On DVD: Mar 6, 2007
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Hans Conried
as Capt. Hook/Mr. Darli...
Bill Thompson
as Mr. Smee
Heather Angel
as Mrs. Darling
Paul Collins
as Michael Darling
Candy Candido
as Indian Chief
Tom Conway
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Peter Pan

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (4)

A delightful entertaining film that will appeal to the young and the not-so young alike.

Full Review… | February 5, 2016
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Disney's depersonalizing habit of putting different teams in charge of different sections of the story really shows up here.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ornamented with some bright and lilting tunes, it is a lively feature-length Technicolor excursion into a world that glows with an exhilarating charm and a gentle joyousness.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A feature cartoon of enchanting quality.

Full Review… | November 3, 2009
Top Critic

I always thought Peter Pan was supposed to be about childhood innocence. Pan and Tinkerbell were not sweet and cuddly, they both came across as selfish, cold and really unlikable bullies.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
Eclipse Magazine

plays as less of a child fantasy of soaring adventure than it does as a retrograde narcissistic adult male fantasy of being desired and pursued by every female in the room

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Peter Pan

Though it is supposed to be an adventurous story of youth and innocence, it is marred by the fact that Peter Pan and Tinker Bell come off as truly unlikable characters, and it must be a sign that it isn't really working the way it should when you see yourself rooting for Captain Hook.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

"Peter Pan" is one of the more definitive tales in the Disney universe, and also one of the most memorable With characters that have definitely become well known throughout the years, this film holds it's name up very high. While not quite having a long enough run time to distinguish every detail for story, it does it well enough with it's time, creating a beautiful and magical universe. There is quite a lot of slapstick humour throughout this film, and it will have anyone laughing, due to it's cleverness. "Peter Pan" may not be a perfect film, but it's a very very good one!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Peter Pan is one of the first Disney films that I saw that appealed to me, but compared to others, didn't really stand out. I for one, thought that Finding Neverland was a better film, as I much preferred the story of how the character of Peter Pan came into being. I'm not saying that I hated this film, I found it very good, entertaining and fun, but compared to other films that Disney has made in the first few years they operated, I find this film to be good, but not as good as previous Disney features. Peter Pan has all the unique ingredients that make up an effective, entertaining, and engaging Disney film. I found this film to be good, but not as good as others in Disney's back catalogue. Nonetheless this is still good entertainment for the entire family, and it should be seen by every Disney fan out there. The film has a great story, despite its limitations. The film manages to be a good take on the classic tale. Peter Pan has great characters brought to life by a good cast of voice talents. This is a childhood favorite even if I don't see it as good as previous Disney films. A terrific film despite its flaws, Peter Pan is nonetheless a great family adventure that will bring on a good viewing experience. Enjoyable and fun, Peter Pan is a must see film, and though not as great as the first few Disney films, it still belongs among the best that Disney has produced. A fun film to watch even with the fact that I didn't enjoy it as much as Pinocchio and Snow White.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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