Peter Pan (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
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Let your dreams take flight with Walt Disney's original classic. PETER PAN soars to new heights in the magical 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD with an all-new digital restoration. Fantastic adventures await Wendy and her brothers when Peter Pan, the hero of their stories, whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land. After following Peter and his feisty sidekick Tinker Bell past "the second star to the right and straight on till morning," they explore the island and Peter's secret hideout with the rambunctious Lost Boys and leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous Captain Hook! Bursting with fantasy, adventure, and pixie dust, this 2-disc Platinum Edition includes three all-new games in Camp Never Land, deleted scenes, a new discovery -- in which Walt Disney reveals why he made PETER PAN -- and much more.
The Platinum Edition of Peter Pan is absolutely packed with special features that include everything from Walt Disney's own words about why he made Peter Pan to interviews with animators, producers, historians, and film critics; games; activities; and songs. Like the 2002 Peter Pan Special Edition, the Platinum Edition offers an excellent commentary track hosted by Roy Disney that features interviews with some of Disney animation's "nine old men" like Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, historians, voice talent including Kathryn Beaumont, character models, and film critic Leonard Maltin. More "backstage" features include a 15-minute "making of" segment that looks at 1940's and 1950's animation technology and the challenges posed by transforming J. M. Barrrie's well-known story, stage play, and silent film into a believable animated film and an 8-1/2 minute featurette that focuses on Tinker Bell's character, its animation, and Margaret Kerry's experiences as a real-life model for the character. Most intriguing is a 7-1/2 minute featurette based on a 1953 magazine article that provides a rare chance to hear, in Walt Disney's own words, his thoughts, motivations, and ultimate goal of creating a children's world where adults and children could feel they belonged in Peter Pan. Equally fascinating is the 21-minute "The Peter Pan That Almost Was" segment detailing the developmental stages of the Peter Pan story and the multiple versions considered as Walt Disney and his crew strove to make the most powerful film possible. The 1952 featurette "The Peter Pan Story" explores multiple story telling mediums and details various stages of the animation process including drawing, layout, story boarding, animation, background art, and sound effects. Children ages 3 and older will delight in a host of appealing special features created just for them that include "Peter Pan's Virtual Flight" through London, two read alongs, songs with or without on-screen lyrics, deleted songs, music videos by Paige O'hara and T-Squad, Sudoku challenges with multiple difficulty levels, and interactive "Train to be a Lost Boy," "Tarrrget Practice," and "Tink's Fantasy Flight" games. Disney's Peter Pan is a truly classic, intergenerational film and the abundance of special features included in this Platinum Edition make it a must have for all ages. --Tami Horiuchi
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I recently re-visited this movie, under the prodding of my 11 year-old daughter; and, I am grateful to her for pushing me into it. 'Peter Pan' features beautiful animation, well-choreographed scenes of fight and flight, inspired voice-acting and memorable songs. All of this supports a surprisingly funny and insightful tale of the dangers of either never growing up...or, growing up too much.
Katherine Beaumont ('Alice In Wonderland') is beguiling as teenage Wendy Darling; whose childhood infatuation with tales of Peter Pan develop into a relatable (if very 1950's) teen crush. Bobby Driscoll, who was a well-known Disney child star, turns in a completely winning performance as Peter Pan. He captures all the bravado, hubris, good humor, pettiness, generosity and pure sense-of-fun that run chock-a-block through all teenage boys. The characterization of Tinkerbell (insanely jealous of Wendy and possessive of Peter) creates a very believable teen-age triangle; and, some welcome pungency to offset Disney's penchant for treacle. However, the prize goes to Hans Conried in the twin roles of Mr. Darling (Wendy's veddy, veddy British father), and Peter's nemesis: Captain James Hook. As Hook, Conried creates a truly great villain: charming, scheming, ferocious, vengeful, cunning and (where the hungry crocodile is concerned) hysterically nervous.
Comments about the 'Indian' scenes are justified...but, not to the extent that Politically Correct critics condemn. The song: "What makes the red man, red" is classic (i.e. insensitive and stereotypical) Hollywood 'injun' stuff. That said, Candy Candido's floor-scraping vocals as 'Big Chief' are a pure hoot; and, should be taken in that spirit.
Bottom line: 'Peter Pan' is one of Disney's most completely realized and satisfying movies. Its fun, insightful, exciting, speaks equally well to kids, teens and adults and does so without the sugary wallowing that came to epitomize subsequent Disney animation. Watch it, and smile.
If Disney takes the movie out of the vault I will most likely purchase the US version to replace this one, but for now this plays well and kids have enjoyed it.
I know I left a lot of the story out but I wanted to add some other information to my review. First this is the first Peter Pan that a male actor played the lead; in previous plays and movies Peter Pan was played by a female. It was Margaret Kerry and not Marilyn Monroe who was the model for Tinker Bell. In keeping with the stage version tradition, Hans Conried voice both George Darling and Captain Hook. Peter Pan was the last movie the Disney's famed "Nine Old Men" worked on together. Also this was the last movie to be distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. In this film version Tinker Bell actually has a body; in the stage version she was represented by a beam of light. Finally this was Disney's 14th animated feature. Peter Pan is an excellent movie and gets an AAAAA+++++. One foot note to add, watch the audio commentary hosted by Roy Disney and learn more of the making of Peter Pan.
I. Beauty and the Beast
II. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
III. The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
IV. The Man Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
V. Tarzan and Jane
VI. 101 Dalmations II
VII. Magic Happens
I. The Making of Peter Pan
II. The Peter Pan Story - Original 1952 Theatrical Promotional Featurette
III. Audio Commentary hosted by Roy Disney
IV. An Exclusive look at Walt Disney's Return to Neverland
V. Peter Pan Still Frame Gallery
VI. Following the Leader Song-Along Song
VII. Peter Pan's Playful Prank Storybook
VIII. Pirate Treasure Hunt Game
IX. DVD ROM
II. The Little Mermaid
IV. The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
V. Melody Time
* You Can Fly! The Making of Peter Pan
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