February 21, 2024

It’s from Disney Peter Pan It is quite different from the book it is based on.


“All the children, except one, grow up.” With these words, the British writer JM Barrie He began the classic 1911 children’s novel, Peter Pan and WendyAdaptation of the 1904 play, Peter Pan; or, the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Beloved across generations, the story of the boy who refused to grow up and his adventures in Neverland with Wendy and the Lost Boys has been adapted to film several times. The most faithful retelling of the story is probably from 2003 Peter Panaddressed PJ Hogan. However, the most popular and recognized film version of Barrie’s book is undoubtedly a small animated film made by another creator of children’s classics: Walt Disney Studios. Released in 1953, by Disney Peter Pan It has become almost every child’s entry into the world created by JM Barrie. However, there are many differences between the Disney version of Peter’s story and Barry’s original novel. Here are all the ways Peter Pan and Wendy It’s different from the Disney movie.

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Tinker Bell isn’t bad, she’s just tiny

Disney's Tinker Bell
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This isn’t the difference between the book and the movie, but more of an explanation of why Tinker Bell is who she is. In the 1953 Disney film, Tink is shown to be a really sour and evil fairy. In a scene that wouldn’t fly today, she’s bitter because her hips are too big to fit through the keyhole at Wendy’s (Kathryn Beaumont) drawer. Throughout the movie, he is constantly mean to Wendy out of pure jealousy, and eventually even betrays Peter (Bobby Driscoll) and just to get rid of the Lost Boys itself. But while her actions are questionable, Tinker Bell is not a bad (or lovable) person. According to JM Barrie, it is too small to accommodate more than one emotion at a time. In the words of the author, “Fairies must be one thing or another, being so small, unfortunately, they have room for one feeling at the same time.” This means that when Tink is angry, she’s just angry. However, he can be very happy or very sad, never both at the same time.

Peter Pan, on the other hand, is evil

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell in Disney's Peter Pan in Flight
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Peter, on the other hand, is much more evil and selfish in Barrie’s novel than in the 1953 film. She doesn’t care much for John (Paul Collins) and Michael (Tommy Luske), and treats them only as a guarantee of having Wendy around. His reason for fighting Hook (Hans Conried) and in the end cutting off his hand is nothing noble, nor has anything to do with self-defense: the Lost Boys simply dare to take down the pirate captain, and he agrees. While Captain Hook remains the villain of the story, you feel bad for the guy because he basically lost his hand because a group of kids thought it would be funny. However, even Peter’s wickedness should not be understood as a sign of evil. Like Tinker Bell, Peter is too young for big, complex feelings, or rather, too young. Peter is described as “gay and innocent and heartless”. Growing up in Neverland, he was never taught things like kindness and morality. His selfishness and cruelty are simply the result of completely uncontrolled childish behavior.

The Lost Boys Shoot Wendy-Bird Down

In the 1953 film, when Peter and Wendy are arriving at Neverland, Tinker Bell flies to the Lost Boys and tells them that Pan has ordered them to take down a monstrous creature hovering over the island. The boys are quick to obey their leader’s order and fall into position to launch the so-called Wendy-Bird with pieces of wood and a pull. They miss all of their shots, but manage to destabilize Wendy, causing her to fall from the sky. Luckily, Peter swoops in and catches him before he hits the ground. In Barrie’s version of the story, Wendy isn’t so lucky: she’s shot by an arrow from the Lost Boys and falls, apparently dead. However, Wendy is saved by Peter’s “kiss”: the acorn he gave her to thank her for sowing his shadow again at her feet and which he turned into a necklace.

Mr. and Mrs. Darling discover that their children are missing

Disney and Mr. Barrie agree on one very important thing about the night Wendy and her brothers flew to Neverland: Mr. and Mrs. Darling (Hans Conried et Heather Angel) were out at a fancy party for adults. However, while in the Disney movie, Wendy, John and Michael return home before their parents, in the book, they spend many days in Neverland. Mr. and Mrs. Darling return from their party to find their children missing. Both are in great pain not knowing where their children are and if they will ever return. Mr. Darling, in particular, blames himself for the disappearance of his children, as he was the one who chained Nana outside instead of leaving her free to care for the children.

Peter is seriously injured in the battle at Marooners’ Rock

“Dying will be an incredibly big adventure.” This classic quote from JM Barrie, the revelation Steven Spielberg1991 Bait, appears in the original novel after Peter’s battle with Hook at Marooners’ Rock, where the pirate captain held Princess Tiger Lily prisoner. In the movie, while Peter defeats Hook and flies away with Tiger Lily in his arms, things play out a little differently in the book. Peter is badly injured during the fight and even loses his ability to fly, albeit temporarily. As the Lost Boys carry Tiger Lily to safety, Peter is left on a rock and believes his time has come. However, his life is saved by a Neverbird, who allows him to use its nest as a boat so he can return home.

Tink does not divulge the location of the lost boys’ hideout

Disney's Tinker Bell
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We’ve heard of Tinker Bell’s villainy before, and it was kind of exaggerated in the movie. Barrie’s right-hand fairy version of Peter may be in trouble, but he’s only loyal to his friends. For example, he never gives out the location of the Lost Boys’ hideout to Wendy out of jealousy, as he does in the film. Instead, Captain Hook and Smee discover the boys’ secret hideout by sheer luck while wandering the woods.

Hook tries to poison Peter Pan

After discovering where Peter lives, Hook immediately sets out to kill him in the most devious way possible. However, his plan differs from book to book. In the film, Hook sends a bomb to Peter disguised as a gift from Wendy, who has been held prisoner on his ship. In the novel, Hook tries to poison Peter’s “medicine” while the boy is asleep. This medicine is a noxious liquid that Wendy gives to Peter at night as part of her mother act, mimicking the actions of her mother and Nana towards her and her brothers.

Hook is eaten by crocodiles

The crocodile in Disney's Peter Pan
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Despite Hook’s best efforts, Peter Pan manages to survive until the end of the story. However, the same cannot be said for the fearsome pirate captain. In the Disney film, the last we see of Hook is desperately swimming away after losing his battle with Pan, trying to avoid being eaten by the crocodiles that have been chasing him since Peter fed the beast his hand. The audience wonders if Hook can escape this terrible fate. In Barrie’s novel there is no room for doubt: the author is quite clear that Captain Hook was swallowed by the crocodile.

Peter and Tink try to get the Kids back home

After the final battle with Hook, Peter takes command of the Jolly Roger and sets off for England to bring Wendy, John and Michael home. But, in the original novel, he does not fully agree with the Darling children’s decision to leave Neverland. Instead, he tries to convince his parents that they have forgotten about them so that they decide to return to Neverland with him. You see, ever since her children disappeared, Mrs. Darling kept the nursery window open so she could go back to bed at night if she wanted to. Peter’s plan to convince Wendy, John and Michael that they don’t want him anymore is to close and close the window. However, Peter abandons this plan when he enters the room to find Mrs. Darling sleeping by the window, her face filled with sadness.

Lost Boys are Adopted Darlings

Wendy, John and Michael aren’t the only members of Peter’s party who have decided to leave Neverland behind. In the movie, the Lost Boys return to the island with Peter after dropping off the Darling children, in Barrie’s book, they stay behind, expecting to be adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Darling. And, in fact, yes. Barrie describes how, little by little, the boys forget about flying and get used to living in English society. It’s a fitting ending, considering how much the Lost Boys longed for a family, to the point where Peter took Wendy to Neverland, at least partially, to give them a believable mother.

Wendy isn’t the only cute girl who has flown to Neverland with Peter

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell invite Wendy Darling to Neverland
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At the end of JM Barrie Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up returns to Neverland, but promises Wendy to take him on new adventures every year. At first, he keeps his word, but when he returns, he no longer remembers Wendy and the boys. In fact, he has even forgotten about Tinker Bell, who unfortunately died due to the short lifespan of fairies. The next year, Peter forgets to pick them up. He disappears for a long time, until one day, when he decides to return, he finds out that Wendy has grown up. Although she still wants to go to Neverland with Peter, she has forgotten how to fly. However, he now has a young daughter named Jane, who is ready for her first trip to the second star on the right and until morning. The book ends with Jane’s daughter visiting Neverland with Peter Pan, and her grandson, and her great-grandson, etc… This part of the story does not appear in the 1953 Disney film. However, Peter Pan2002 follow-up, Back to NeverlandIt’s about Peter’s adventures with Jane.

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