Highlights: Overall it is a really excellent movie. I find it to be quite enjoyable, funny, and emotionally touching. One of the nice things about this movie is that it keeps a good pace. They go on lots of adventures but it doesn’t feel too rushed, and it never really drags at all.
Low points: The only slight downfall to the movie is Peter himself, because it can be hard to like a character that is so selfish and immature. However, if we can accept the fact that we aren’t necessarily supposed to like the main character, even though the kids in the movie adore him, it adds a really interesting dynamic and brings out an important message that Barrie wanted to convey in his original book/play. Plus, Tink is just a… “witch.”
Music: I think Peter Pan‘s got a lot of great songs – with the exception of Fantasia, which was focused on music, I might even say that Peter Pan is one of the few “early” Disney films to have a really memorable and overall good soundtrack. “The Second Star to the Right” and “You Can Fly!” are both really good numbers. There are also some good character songs, with “A Pirate’s Life” for the pirates and “What Makes the Red Man Red?” for the Indians. “Your Mother and Mine” is a beautiful lullaby, if not a little boring. And the crocodile’s tune is both fun and catchy.
Villain Rating: Captain Hook is a fabulous villain because he is just such a character. In terms of being evil or villainous he’s often so pathetic that you feel sorry for him rather than hate him. He’s got a lot of humor to him, which makes him a fun one. However, that’s not to say that he is completely innocent – despite the fact that he seems like a big baby, he mercilessly kills a few pirates in the movie that annoy him and he tries to kill Peter Pan with a time bomb.
Fun Fact: On the subject of Tinkerbell… In Barrie’s original book he explains that because fairies are so small they can only contain one emotion at a time… so when she gets jealous she’s just jealous and doesn’t have any pity or kindness to temper it. Interesting little tidbit, and one that makes Tink’s character a little more understandable and not just rude or annoying. I wish they had found a way to convey that in the movie!
Where in the World: Peter Pan has quite an honor in WDW, as it has it’s own ride called “Peter Pan’s Flight.” This is an indoor, dark ride where you are suspended from the ceiling in cars and you “fly” over various scenes from the movie. Plus, they just designed a new interactive queue for this ride that is really cool. Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy, and Smee are all characters that can be found throughout the parks, and Tinkerbell has her own meet and greet going on right now at Town Hall (plus you can see her fly from the castle during Wishes!). They also make an appearance in the Fantasmic! show.
My rating: 8.5 out of 10. Peter Pan was definitely one of my favorites growing up, and for me it still has a lot of charm and fun.