It's amazing that a story best known for its swashbuckling action sequences and heroic adventures is so driven by motherhood and gal-on-gal jealousy. In fact, it's Mrs. Darling (the only real mother in the movie) who was responsible for passing on the stories of Peter Pan to her daughter in the first place. In a tale about growing up, it's the mother who serves as the true conduit between childhood and adulthood. Then, it's the jealousy Wendy feels that serves as a catalyst in making her realize how childish she's behaving and that it's time to return her brothers to their real mother and grow up. After all, as great as Neverland is, there are no mothers and as Wendy so eloquently puts it: “A real mother is the most wonderful person in the world.”
Is Peter Pan even a good guy? He's over-the-top conceited “everyone else thinks I'm wonderful!,” tells the Lost Boys stories about himself, talks down to women “girls talk too much” and encourages children not to grow up. Not to mention, he's horrifically violent – he cut off Hook's hand and fed it to the Crocodile!!! Like Hook said “He's a flying devil!”
For being such a “practical man,” Mr. Darling sure uses a lot of silly speak like “fiddle-faddle,” and “poppycock.”
Like most productions of the play, both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook are played by the same actor. Nana the Dog and the Crocodile also serve as counterparts as the Croc is drawn with dog-like characteristics. One point where the movie does stray from the play is that Peter Pan is played by a boy (Bobby Driscoll) and not a girl.
You might recognize the voice of Wendy (Katherine Beaumont) as she also played Alice in Alice in Wonderland.
What kind of weirdo teenage girl prefers hanging out with her younger brothers and loves living in the nursery in lieu of having her own room?
Before Peter Pan the name “Wendy” didn't exist.
As they throw knives at a likeness of Captian Hook, his crew looks like they're about ready to stage a mutiny on the account that they “ought to be lootin ships and slittin throats while the cap'n plays ring around the rosies with Peter Pan.”
Some of the notable locales of Neverland include Peg Leg Point, Blindman's Bluff, Crocodile Creek, Hangman's Tree, Mermaid Lagoon, Skull Rock, Indian Camp and Cannibal Cove.
I'm guessing the unseen Aborigines John mentions are the eponymous cannibals of Cannibal Cove.
With its wildlife and indigenous peoples, I'd venture to guess that Neverland is an amalgamation of North America (Indians and Grizzly Bears), Australia (Aborigines and saltwater crocodiles) and Africa (Rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses and monkeys).
Did you know that (some of) the Lost Boys have names? Cubby is the bear, Nibs the rabbit, Slightly the fox, Tootles the skunk and the unnamed twins are the raccoons.
Some mermaids wear shells, some don't... hubba hubba!
Ironically, Captain Hook's right-hand man Mr. Smee regards Peter Pan's cutting off of Hook's left hand as “only a childish prank.”
Neverland > Wonderland... by A LOT! Plus, Neverland is REAL while Wonderland was just a dream.
Time works a bit differently in Neverland: Peter and the Darlings leave England and fly to Neverland at about 8pm, arrive in Neverland the next morning, spend the entire day there and return back home by 11pm – that's a whole day in three hours!
Sure, Hook's deeds of attempting to murder Peter, subsequently blowing up his home with a bomb, kidnapping the children and attempting to shanghai Wendy only to make her walk the plank are decidedly dastardly. However, it's a bit hypocritical when Peter chastises Hook with a “this time you've gone too far!” considering he cut off the man's hand and fed it to the Crocodile.
Nothing is funnier than when a defeated Hook is forced to declare “I'm a cod fish!”
By the way, what's so bad about being a cod fish? By all accounts, cod is a fine fish!
I'd rather not discuss the influence that Peter Pan had on Michael Jackson's strange and tragic life.
The final scene where Mr. and Mrs. Darling look on in awe as they watch Captain Pan's ship flying through the sky reminds me of the final scene in Goonies (1985) where all of the adults are just as amazed to see One-Eyed Willie's ship out on the open sea.