On the 5th February 1953, Walt Disney delighted children and adults all over the world with his latest animated classic. Peter Pan, the tale of the boy who never grew up was originally written by Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie as a tale for the stage. Due to its unexpected but natural popular appeal, the enchanting story of love, family, loyalty, and growing up was soon after adapted by Barrie into the form of a novel.
Blending all of the fairytale ingredients that concoct to create a truly imaginative story, Barrie writes of native American Indians, mermaids, pirates, fairies, the Lost Boys, and the three Darling children who fly to Neverland to experience its adventures in all their wonder. A tale that has nourished the child-like imagination and ignited the sense of faith and trust in all of us that never really ever goes out, has become an icon of Disney and is close to the hearts of children all over the world.
It’s hard to believe that Disney’s Peter Pan is over 60 years old considering the stunning beauty of its animation, but creating dazzling visual spectacles is something Disney have always been capable of. The anniversary of the film might not be a signifcant one the way that its 60th was, but it is still worth celebrating and remembering the magic that Disney’s Peter Pan has brought to the lives of so many. All of Disney’s films are magical and wonderful, but Peter Pan does something that no other Disney film ever succeeds in in quite the same scope – it teaches us how to be a child again. How to look at the world with a little faith, trust, and pixie dust, and significantly brings the creativity and imagination of childhood to life.
I’m celebrating #FairytaleFebruary this month and Peter Pan, notably holding the place of one of the most important fairytale films of all time, thoroughly deserved a post of recognition as one of the best fairytales ever told and adapted, and also remains one of my all time favourite tales.
*J.M. Barrie bequeathed the rights of Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity, and so all of the proceeds of his books, the productions and other products are donated to help the hospital*