Disney's: Peter Pan
WHAT CHILD DOESN'T LOVE a bedtime story? Wendy, the oldest
child of the Darling family, finds them as much fun to give
as receive, and has been entertaining her brothers John and
Michael with yarns of Peter Pan for quite some time. In a
household saturated with wild tales of the green sprite, their
exasperated father, Mr. Darling, vows to put an end to such
nonsense by ordering Wendy out of the nursery and into a room
of her own. Also in the doghouse is Nana, the family pooch
/nursemaid, who has been caught underfoot once too often.
The sleepy daughter, resigned to her fate, snuggles into bed
one last time in the cherished room shared with her brothers.
As twilight deepens, the world
of make believe blends with reality when Peter Pan himself,
along with his fairy sidekick Tinker Bell, visit the slumbering
siblings. Startled awake by a bump in the night, Wendy is
delighted to find her hero, and quickly explains she is about
to be expelled from the nursery and condemned to grow up!
Moved by the plight of the damsel in distress, Peter Pan decides
to rescue all of the Darling children from this terrible fate.
With a little faith, trust, and pixie dust, compliments of
the now very jealous Tinker Bell, the youngsters abandon their
cozy cots and fly off to the safe haven of Never Land.
Their adventure on this mysterious
island is unlike anything they could possibly have dreamt.
Swashbuckling pirates, angry locals, not to mention public
enemy number one, Captain Hook, are just a few of the dangers
that must be navigated.
Although Peter Pan may not want
to grow up, the entertainment industry certainly has. Made
in 1953, the rather politically incorrect statements referring
to Native Americans and the sexist portrayal of female characters
would certainly never fly if this film were made today. Still,
this time encapsulated Disney masterpiece continues to hook
fans. Perhaps it's the animated magic and enchanting music,
or maybe it's the classic tale's reminder of youth's simple
pleasures that appeals to those who reluctantly outgrew bedtime