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Peter Pan 65th Anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection #Sponsored #DisneySMMC

6/1/18
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When you have kids, there are some classics that are essential for your home movie collection.  Peter Pan 65th Anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection coming to  Digital May 29 and on Blu-ray™ June 5 is one of them!


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With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, every member of the family will let their imagination soar on this epic adventure to Never Land, sparkling with legendary animation, extraordinary music and both all-new and classic bonus features.  


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The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of “Peter Pan” invites adventures of all ages to believe in magic once again and experience a timeless treasure from Disney’s golden age of animation that has stirred the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers worldwide since its original 1953 release. The Signature Collection edition offers over two hours of classic bonus features plus never-before-seen extras, including the latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office,” which explores Walt’s love of flying and the company planes; a nostalgic reunion between Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John); and new “Oke” renditions of the classic song “You Can Fly” and deleted song “Never Smile at a Crocodile” accompanied by on-screen lyrics and the film’s unforgettable animated characters.
 
In “Peter Pan,” fantastic adventures await the Darling children—Wendy, John and Michael—when Peter Pan, the hero of their stories, whisks them away to the magical world of Never Land.  After flying with Peter and the delightfully impish Tinker Bell past the “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” they explore the enchanted island and Peter’s secret hideout with the Lost Boys, and leap into high-flying battles with swashbuckling pirates and the infamous villain Captain Hook.
 

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“Peter Pan” is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.”


Bonus Features:
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  • Stories from Walt’s Office: Walt & Flight – “Think of the happiest things, it’s the same as having wings”. One thing you’ll notice inside Walt Disney’s office are all of the models and pictures of airplanes. Walt loved planes and was an aficionado of flying. As a continuation of the “Stories from Walt’s Office” series, we’ll soar into the world of one of Walt’s favorite pastimes and look at the history behind the company airplane he used to scout Central Florida looking for the perfect place to build his second theme park. 
  • A “Darling” Conversation with Wendy & John: Kathryn Beaumont and Paul CollinsJoin Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John) as they reunite for the first time in many years to reminisce and discuss their experiences working on Peter Pan, meeting Walt Disney and learning to fly … literally.
  • You Can Fly” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the classic Disney song, “You Can Fly,” with fun lyrics on screen and lots of your favorite “Peter Pan” characters.
  • “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – A new “Oke” rendition and graphic look of the deleted song, “Never Smile at a Crocodile”, with fun lyrics on screen and highlighting the relationship between Captain Hook and Tick- Tock the Crocodile.
Legacy/Classic Bonus
  • DisneyView
  • Sing-along Version of the film: Sing along with your favorite songs from the movie.
  • Growing Up with Nine Old Men – “Peter Pan is both a story of living with a child’s sense of openness to the world and an acknowledgement that the path to adulthood most often leads away from those qualities. A parallel of sorts to that duality can be found in Walt Disney and his core group of animators, the Nine Old Men, in their lives and in their work. Our short film will look at who they were and the parts they played in one of the most remarkable team of artists that ever worked together.
  • Deleted Song: “The Pirate’s Song” – Original demo recording of the song played over concept art.
  • Deleted Song: “Never Smile at a Crocodile” – With music played over static concept art of the crocodile from Pater Pan.
  • Deleted Song: “The Boatswain Song” – With music played over static concept art of Captain Hook and his crew.
  • Deleted Scene: “The Journey Home” – A proposed alternate ending where Peter asks the Lost Boys to return home with Wendy and the other children.
  • Deleted Scene: “Alternate Arrival” – A deleted scene where Wendy and the children are initially attacked by the Lost Boys because Tinker Bell tells them that Wendy is holding Peter captive. We also see in this version of the story that Nana the dog travels to Never Land with Wendy and the children.
  • Disney Song Select – Simply play the clip from the movie with subtitles underneath it.
    • “The Second Star to the Right
    • “You Can Fly”
    • “A Pirate’s Life”
    • “Following the Leader”
    • “Your Mother and Mine”
  • Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney – Audio commentary hosted by Roy Disney, but carried on by several other people. 
  • Music and More
    • ”Never Land”: The Lost Song – A bonus piece that sets up the backstory of where this lost song was found and how Richard Sherman recomposed it.
    • Music Video: “Never Land” – Music Performed by Paige O’Hara – A music video of the song “Never Land”
    • Music Video: “The Second Star to the Right” – Music Performed by T-Squad – A music video of the song “The Second Star to the Right” performed by T-Squad.
    • You Can Fly: The Making of ‘Peter Pan’ – A making-of video of the 1953 Disney classic, “Peter Pan.”
    • In Walt’s Words: “Why I Made ‘Peter Pan’” – Based upon an article written by Walt Disney retold as a dramatic recreation.
    • Tinker Bell: A Fairy’s Tale – An introspective video on the creation, history and personality of the one and only “Tink.”
    • The Peter Pan That Almost Was – Hosted by Ron Clements and John Musker, we take a look at the storyboards and early concepts of a version of the “Peter Pan” film that never saw the light of day.
    • The “Peter Pan” Story – An original featurette for the film created in 1952



What can I say about Peter Pan, other than it brings back great memories from my childhood?  I fell in love with this imaginative story when I was little.  Tinkerbell is my favorite character.  She may be tiny, but she has a large personality!   I love everything from the story line to the great music.  My favorite song "You can Fly" inspires us to soar beyond our imaginations. I can't wait to share this classic with my two girls and enjoy the better quality of digital remastering!

The great bonus features, including music videos, will have your kids singing and dancing along!


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Peter Pan - Origins
  • J. M. Barrie – created Peter Pan in stories that he told to the young sons of his friend Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies

  • The character’s name comes from two sources: ‘Peter’ from the name of the youngest of the Llewelyn-Davies boys, Peter, and ‘Pan’ from the mischievous Greek god of the woodlands.

  • Peter Pan first appeared in print in 1902 in a book called ‘The Little White Bird,’ a fictionalized version of J. M. Barrie’s relationship with the Llewelyn-Davies children. 

  • The book was used in a very successful play ‘Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.’  This play premiered at the Duke of York Theatre in London on December 27, 1904.

  • In 1906, ‘Peter Pan’ was published into a book entitled, ‘Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.’

  • In 1911, Barrie adapted the play into the novel ‘Peter and Wendy’ – which is most often published simply as ‘Peter Pan.’

  • ‘Peter Pan’ was released in 1924 as a silent movie, directed by Herbert Brennon, starring Betty Bronson as Peter and Ernest Torrence as Hook.
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Walt Disney’s History with Peter Pan
  • Walt Disney and his brother Roy robbed their own piggy banks to get enough money to go to see a visiting road production of ‘Peter Pan’ starring Maude Adams. As Walt recalled, “I took many memories away from the theater with me, but the most thrilling of all was the vision of Peter flying through the air.” 

  • Walt later had the privilege of portraying the part of ‘Peter Pan’ in his school play – “No actor ever identified himself with the part he was playing more than I.  I actually flew through the air!  Roy was using a block and tackle to hoist me.  It gave way, and I flew right into the faces of the surprised audience.”


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  • Walt’s words on why he made the film: ‘Here is a story, it seemed to me, which had never been quite fulfilled, despite its wonderful career on the living stage.  A story which deserved the added dimension of animation on the screen.”

  • Walt’s words on his version of PETER PAN: ‘I believe our treatment has enabled us to get more of the playwright’s original intent of robust fun and adventurous excitement in the Never Land exploits.  Our version is a little more boisterous; not so timid as some stage presentations tended to become in trying for that definitive charm. I believe we have the adult a little more in mind too, along with the younger members of the family.”

  • Working with the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Walt Disney was able to obtain story rights between late 1938 and early 1939.

Animation & Production
  • This was the last Disney animated feature film in which all nine of Walt’s “Nine Old Men” worked together as directing animators.

  • Women constituted nearly half of the studio talent AND were working within virtually every aspect of production on PETER PAN. From animation to art direction, special effects and Ink & Paint.

  • A full week’s worth of steady output by a top-notch animator may only take up five seconds on screen.

  • Over a million drawings were completed during the production of this film with over 250,000 separate drawings utilized in the final film.

  • At the time of production in 1953, a record number of backgrounds were created and used in the film. Backgrounds totaled 934, compared to 773 for Cinderella (1950) and 736 for Alice in Wonderland (1951)

  • The reason behind the volume of backgrounds for PETER PAN, stems from the fact that the principal characters are ‘human,’ and humans have a tendency to move around more than animals. This determined the various camera angles needed to give the production the scope that Walt wanted for his telling of Barrie’s classic story.

  • In the time required to design and paint one animated background for PETER PAN a live-action studio could plan and construct an actual movie set.

  • The production of PETER PAN represented the highest concentration of talent with the studio’s history to that point.
Music
  • Though not a musician or vocalist, Walt had an incredible intuition about what music would appeal to audiences as well as what would work best for his productions.  He worked closely with Oliver Wallace – a veteran studio musical director and composer. Wallace composed the instrumental score for PETER PAN.

  • The notable song-writing team of Sammy Cahn and Sammy Fain composed the main body of songs for the picture.’

  • Jack Lawrence and Frank Churchill created the laugh hit – ‘Crocodile Theme’.  Oafish and lumbering, this song clearly sent warning whenever the croc was lurking.

  • The melody for ‘The Second Star to the Right’ was originally written for Disney’s Alice In Wonderland (1951) for a song that was meant to be called ‘Beyond the Laughing Sky.’
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Characters
Peter Pan
  • One of the main differences between the stage and screen Peter Pan was Walt’s decision to dispense with the old tradition that Peter should be played by a female actor.

  • In the animated feature, Bobby Driscoll, whose portrayal gives Peter Pan a male presence for the first time in this classic tale’s screen history, voiced Peter. Walt was sold on Bobby Driscoll for the voice of Peter because of his great performance in Disney’s production of Treasure Island (1950). This was his 18th role for The Walt Disney Studios – already having been with the studios for nine years.

  • Driscoll also served as a live-action referenced for close-up scenes while dancer Roland Dupree provided Peter’s graceful flying and action references.  Aware of the physical differences in Peter Pan portrayals from stage to screen, Walt ensured audiences that ‘his’ Peter and the stage one were identical in spirit: “(Peter is) able to do a lot of things, besides flying, that he could never do on the stage.  But he’s the same Peter and it’s the same Never Land.”

  • In Barrie’s original description of Peter Pan, he specified that Peter’s clothes be ‘fashioned from leaves and cobwebs.’  Throughout the earliest stage versions, Peter appears in everything from laced-up coats, suede boots, leotard stockings and belted tunics.  Disney’s artists paid homage to these various experimentations in their development of Peter’s attire, with a short-sleeved tunic, leotards, rolled-top boots and Peter’s signature cap with feather. In their efforts to find a new shade to stand out from the forest green backgrounds of Never Land, the artists also created a unique color that has come to be known as - ‘Peter Pan Green.’
Tinker Bell
·          Tinker Bell originally began as nothing more than a darting spot of light in the J. M. Barrie play, but on February 5th, 1953, Tink made her Disney feature film debut. Legendary animator, Marc Davis, was largely responsible for bringing her to animated life.

  • Hundreds of bells were experimented with to achieve the perfect sound of Tinker Bell!

  • Rumors persisted that Tinker Bell was modeled after Marilyn Monroe, but this is completely untrue. A young Ink & Paint artist, Ginni Mack was the original model for the final form of Tinker Bell.

  • Several women provided live-action reference for tiny Tink. Kathryn Beaumont, the young voice of Wendy, Helene Stanley and several other models, including Margaret Kerry provided inspiration for the actions of this diminutive sprite.

  • Since the ‘Disneyland’ TV show began in 1954, Tinker Bell has been uniquely identified with the Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, waving her wand to set off the magical fireworks. She has also served as a regular hostess of the Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, and The Wonderful World of Disney.

  • In 1961, a live Tinker Bell began her nightly flight above Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland during the park’s firework spectacular and she still flies across night skies to herald the evening fireworks.

                 
Wendy Darling
  • Wendy Darling was voiced by Kathryn Beaumont who served as the live-action reference model for the character as well. Her adventures in Never Land were complete with flying harnesses and high-wire rigging so the animators could learn what children would look like flying. 

  • Also the voice of Alice in Alice In Wonderland (1951), Kathryn uniquely boasts that she has spent much time in two imaginary settings: Wonderland and Never Land. 


John Darling
  • The elder of the brothers, John is the epitome of a little boy in a hurry to become a grown-up with an appropriately stuffy voice provided by Paul Collins, personifying John’s screen image.   


Michael Darling
  • Tommy Luske provides the voice of Michael Darling and it was widely reported that Luske’s voice broke during the movie’s lengthy production schedule.  Margaret Kerry, the character model for Tinker Bell, had to supply some of the additional lines.


Captain Hook  
  • Captain Hook is so-named as a result of losing his hand in a bout with Peter Pan who fed Hook’s appendage to that dreaded Crocodile. In Barrie’s play, Hook loses his right hand, but the animators felt it would limit his actions too much and they switched the hook to his left hand.

  • Charming, devious and rotten to the core, Hook is a formidable villain to be sure.  Yet, Captain Hook marks a change in Disney villainy in that he can be laughed at by all ages without diminishing the suspense of his rivalry with Peter Pan.

  • Hook is voiced by the veteran stage and screen actor Hans Conried, who, in true J. M. Barrie tradition, also provides the voice of George Darling. He provided extensive live-action reference in addition to his distinctive vocal characterizations for both characters. 

  • Though Conried’s dramatic gesticulations are evident in Hook, many historians feel Hook also resembles his legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas while also attributing any element of niceness in Hook’s character originating out of Frank Thomas’ work and influence.
  
      
Smee
  • Smee is voiced by the versatile talent of Bill Thompson – the man of many voices.  In addition to numerous vocal assignments for The Walt Disney Studios, he was also the voice of the White Rabbit in Alice In Wonderland (1951).

  • Always the ever devoted companion of Capt. Hook, Smee serves as valet and willing ear to all of Hook’s skullduggery

  • As angelic as his appearance may be, in many ways Smee is still a black-hearted scoundrel when one considers the atrocities he is cheerfully willing to commit for his beloved Captain Hook.
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The Pirates
  • Hook’s band of pirates is rounded out with Turk, Black Murphy, Mullins, Starkey, Skylights and Bill Jukes. 

  • Each a scurvy nave in their own right and representative of the true pirate spirit of the day, their evident boredom with Hooks relentless pursuit of Peter Pan gets the better of them, often lamenting their desires to return to real pirating! 

  • This cutthroat crew sings and dances as they swab the deck or sew up the sails on the Jolly Roger. 
The Crocodile
  • Walt chose to incorporate an actual crocodile versus the play interpretation in which he is usually represented as a ‘ticking’ sound off-stage.  This heightened the imaginative terror of the Crocs ominous presence whenever only the sound cues signaled his presence, but in giving his Crocodile a friendly, perpetual grin, Walt created a memorable character whose comical nature dramatically changes once Hook is in his sights.

  • Animated by Wolfgang ‘Woolie’ Reitherman, one of Walt’s Nine Old Men of animation, the Crocodile is truly a legendary character. 

  • The never-ending pursuit between the Crocodile with a ticking belly and the villainous Captain Hook has gone down in film history as one of the great classic chase events of all time.

Peter Pan is a classic that your family will want to watch over and over again, available June 5th on Blu-ray/DVD!





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