100 Facts About Peter Pan

Aloha my wonderful merfolk!

Continuing our Silver Era themes, this week I bring you Peter Pan. This is another film that is very popular amongst Disney fans and especially amongst the friends I have made through the Disney community. I love this film. It just makes me feel so so happy and gives me such wonderful memories. I hold Peter Pan close to my heart, do you?


  1. Peter Pan was originally released February 5th
  2. The film was based on the novel written by J.M Barrie
  3. This film was the final Disney animated feature to be released through RKO Pictures.
  4. Peter Pan is the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disneys Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators.
  5. The film was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.
  6. A sequel called Return to Never Land was released in 2002.
  7. Peter Pan was one of the most commercially successful Disney movies.
  8. It is also considered to be one of the most popular.
  9. Story and character development started for the movie in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
  10. Walt Disney had to gain the rights to the movie from Great Ormond Street, whom Barrie had given the rights to the play to.
  11. He gained these rights in 1939 but had to wait approximately 4 years before starting any production.
  12. Rumours said that Tinkerbells design was based on Marilyn Monroe.
  13. Her design was actually based on live action reference model, Margaret Kerry.
  14. Margaret Kerry also provided the voice for the red headed mermaid.
  15. Bobby Driscoll was both the live action model and the voice of Peter Pan.
  16. Peter Pan’s flying and action reference shots were provided by dance choreographer Roland Dupree.
  17. Roy Disney did not think Peter Pan would have much Box Office appeal.
  18. Hans Conried voiced both Captain Hook and Mr Darling.
  19. He also performed the live action reference for the two characters.
  20. Peter Pan holds a 75% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  21. The music in the movie was composed by Oliver Wallace.
  22. Wendy Darling was voiced by Kathryn Beaumont
  23. Milt Kahl thought drawing Peter Pan was boring.
  24. It’s believed that Walt didn’t actually care much for the finished product.
  25. Walt thought the Peter Pan thy had created was cold and unlikeable.
  26. Experts on J.M Barrie praised this as they believed Pan was originally written to be a heartless sociopath.
  27. Walt did however believe that J.M Barrie would have approved.
  28. Bobby Driscoll died at the age of 31 due to use of drugs.
  29. Nana was originally meant to travel to Neverland with the children.
  30. She was going to have her own plotline where she chased Tinkerbell.
  31. An entire live-action film was shot in order to help animators.
  32. This is the second film production to give Tinkerbell a form.
  33. Two of the films animators animated themselves into the film.
  34. Ward Kimball appears as the lost boy in the bear costume.
  35. Ollie Johnston based Smee’s appearance on his own likeness.
  36. Pieces of aluminium were used to create Tinkerbells signature sound.
  37. The melody for ‘Second Star to the Right’ was actually written for Alice in Wonderland.
  38. Peter Pan was intended to be Disney’s second animated film.
  39. Production on the movie had to be put on hold because of WWII.
  40. Disney created Peter Pans all green look; before this he wore tans and browns.
  41. Kathryn Beaumont who played Wendy was scared of heights which made filming flying footage difficult.
  42. Actors for the film were more likely to record lines together than they would be for a film today.
  43. This aided Bill Thompson voice Smee as he would play off other voice actors regularly with his lines.
  44. Film makers discovered that chimes and bells didn’t give the sound they wanted for Tinkerbell.
  45. Tinkerbell has an attitude problem because fairies are so small they only have room for one emotion at a time.
  46. Margaret Kerry used this to teacher own children about good behaviour, choices and consequences.
  47. Candy Candido provided the voice for the Indian Chief.
  48. Peter Pans Dark Flight features in many Disney parks across the world.
  49. Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell all perform in parades and are meetable characters in Disney parks.
  50. Peter Pan was the highest grossing film of 1953.
  51. The film apparently earned $7million against it’s $4million budget.
  52. Peter Pan was re-released theatrically in 1958, 1969, 1976, 1982 and 1989.
  53. The film also had a limited release at the Philadelphia Film Festival in 2003.
  54. Peter pan was first released on VHS in 1990.
  55. A THX 45th anniversary limited edition was released on Match 3rd
  56. Peter Pan was first released on DVD on November 23, 1999.
  57. In 2007, a 2 disc platinum edition was released.
  58. A blu-ray diamond edition of the movie was released to blu-ray on February 5, 2013.
  59. This was to celebrate the films 60th
  60. Peter Pan has been seen as racist due to its portrayal of Native American ‘Indians’.
  61. Peter Pan was known to be Michael Jacksons favourite movie of all time.
  62. You Can Fly is featured on the red disc of Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic.
  63. The Second Star to the Right features on the blue disc.
  64. Following the Leader can be found on the green disc.
  65. Peter Pan was released in the UK in April 1953.
  66. Tom Conway voices the narrator who can only be heard at the beginning of the movie.
  67. Peter Pan got mainly positive reviews from critics.
  68. The Second Star to the right was sung by The Mellomen.
  69. In the book, Captain Hook had lost his right hand, however in the movie he has lost his left.
  70. This was due to Disney animators thinking that losing his right hand would limit Hooks actions too much.
  71. Peter Pan was originally intended to end in a much darker way than the version we see today.
  72. Bobby Driscoll was the first male to play Peter Pan on film.
  73. It is possible that the ‘tonic’ given to the children by Nana, was morphine.
  74. Nana and the Crocodile are dual roles on stage which the animators acknowledged by giving the Crocodile canine qualities.
  75. This version of the Peter Pan story is the only version to use very little of J.M Baries original dialogue.
  76. The ‘Goofy Holler’ is used during the scene where Smee accidentally hits Hook on the head with his oar.
  77. In earlier storyboards, John was going to be left behind to indicate he was more like his father.
  78. Peter Pan was Bobby Driscoll’s sixth Disney movie.
  79. Tiger Lily speaks only once in the film and this is when she yells for help at Skull Rock.
  80. Henry Brandom was the live action reference model for Captain Hook.
  81. It is suggested that George Darling had once had an adventure with Peter Pan as he recognised the shape of the ship in the clouds.
  82. Never Smile at a Crocodile was originally called Lobster Quadriddle and was written for Alice in Wonderland.
  83. In the original play, Hook spikes peters medicine with poison but in the Disney version, he plants a bomb in the treehouse.
  84. This was the last movie that Ward Kimball worked on.
  85. An early concept for the movie was that it was to be told from Nana’s point of view.
  86. In the film, The Reluctant Dragon, released in 1941, drawings of Captain Hook can be seen, showing development for the movie had already been started in that year.
  87. Disney’s adaption of Neverland was to make it into an actual star, which is not in the original novel.
  88. Peter Pan spawned a series of Tinkerbell movies.
  89. The Elegant Captain Hook replaced a song that was all about the pirates trying to convince the Lost Boys to join their crew.
  90. The Diamond Edition Bly-ray and HD Digital copies came out exactly 60 years after the theatrical premiere.
  91. Marc Davis said in an interview, had they made the film today, they would have portrayed the Indians very differently to how they were portrayed in the movie in 1953.
  92. In front of the Darling house in London, a cluster of trees form a hidden mickey.
  93. A hidden mickey can be seen behind Captain Hooks chair when he gets sick
  94. In the play, it is referred to as Never Never Land and in the book it is referred to as Neverland; Disney choosing to call it the latter.
  95. Walt fell in love with the story of Peter Pan when he saw a travelling production of it as a child.
  96. Mary Blair resigned after the completion of Peter Pan to move onto new things.
  97. Kathryn Beaumont actually sang ‘Your Mother and Mine’ instead of hiring a separate singing voice for Wendy.
  98. The Elegant Captain Hook can be seen as the first Villain song in a Disney film.
  99. Tinkerbell became an unofficial mascot for the Walt Disney Company.
  100. Jake and the Neverland Pirates is a children’s show on Disney Junior that took influence from Peter Pan.

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