» Reviews: Peter Pan

Nathan Schwartz

|    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Writer: Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright
  • Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske
  • Distributor: Walt Disney Productions
  • Running Time: 76 min
  • Rating: G
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family

Peter PanI have this memory of Peter Pan being this long, epic Disney film. However, clocking in at an hour and sixteen minutes, it’s significantly shorter than I recall. It’s still a magically awesome adventure, but it struck me as odd at how short it actually was. Also, watching it for the first time since my youth, I noticed some interesting peculiarities in the film that I wasn’t able to perceive back then, like the utter racism towards aboriginal people and children smoking a peace pipe. Still, for nostalgia lovers, and the younger crowds, this is a Disney classic worth owning.

Special Features

The film comes with loads of “making of” extras to feast your minds on. The Blu-ray comes with a documentary about the children of the nine men responsible for most of the artwork at the time, which was interesting but far too long, and the DVD contains an extensive “making of” set of bonus materials. There are also deleted scenes, songs, alternate scenes, and, for those who know the songs by heart, there is an option to watch the movie sing-along style. All this just adds to the value of the film making it that much more worth purchasing.

Verdict: Buy It


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