Peter Pan (1953)

Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson direct Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont and Hans Conried in this Walt Disney animated classic adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s play about adventure and imagination.

Captain Hook is a fantastic villain. Even though he is a puffed up buffoon, he seems more sympathetic a character than the little eponymous sociopath we are supposed to root for. Then again Tinkerbell really is a pin-sized psycho sexpot too. I guess that’s what makes this Disney cartoon so exciting. The lack of morality, the sense of danger. The busy plot and all the wonder. Yeah, some elements are now offensive… it is an unashamed product Victorian imperialism… And I’m not about making excuses for how times have changed for the better. I’m pretty sure British literature and Hollywood myth makings ideas about the real Native Americans weren’t set by the tick tock of Peter Pan’s clock. Let’s lose our shadows, fly over London and just enjoy a madcap fantasy for what it is. This is what child’s play and juvenile make believe are all about. “Turn us loose? You mean this is only a game?”


Perfect Double Bill: Pan (2015)

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