Peter Pan (1953) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –

This is one of the most iconic Disney films ever produced by Walt Disney himself. It is an adaptation of one of the greatest stories ever written, and it is also a timeless film even though there are numerous film versions of that same classic story. Peter Pan is definitely a special and unique Disney film since Walt Disney achieved fame by bringing children’s stories to the silver screen as compelling animated family entertainment.

A Toast

Peter Pan is filled with great talent in terms of the performances of the voice actors as well as the beautiful animation. Bobby Driscoll was the first boy to voice Peter Pan in a major motion picture because women would have normally played that role on stage since they have higher-pitched voices that would make the character sound young. Kathryn Beaumont also does a phenomenal job as Wendy, especially since she played “Alice” in Alice in Wonderland (1951) a few years before the release of this film. The animation is also gorgeous given the talents of Disney artists that include Mary Blair, Eyvind Earle, and the famous “Nine Old Men” that worked on some of the greatest Disney films of all time.  J.M. Barrie’s story directly impacted Walt Disney, which inspired him to create this film, and it is definitely a Disney classic!

Beer Two

Even though she is one of the greatest characters of all time, Tinkerbell is actually not that lovable given her behavior in this film. Pardon the language, but she is actually a bit of a “B word.” Tinkerbell has some serious jealousy issues in this film, especially when Peter and Wendy try to be kind to one another as the film progresses. Tinkerbell might be a magical pixie with golden fairy dust, but it would have been nice if she were just nicer to other people (pun intended).

Verdict

Given the enduring popularity of the title character, Peter Pan will always remain a Disney classic. J.M. Barrie’s creation has stood the test of time as one of the greatest stories ever conceived, and Peter Pan remains a famous character because of the classic feeling of never wanting to grow up. Everyone ages, and not all people act like adults, but Peter Pan will always be a Disney classic that will hopefully continue to endure after its original release in 1953.

Peter Pan (1953) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for every flying sequence

Take a Drink: every time there are pirate ships

Drink a Shot: every time yellow pixie dust appears

Drink another Shot: every time “Neverland” is spoken

Have Another Drink: every time Tick-Tock the crocodile yearns to devour Captain Hook

And Have Another Toast: to celebrate this Disney classic that has aged literally, yet remains youthful figuratively

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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