Peter Pan (1953) Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson Movie Review

Peter Pan (1953)   4/54/54/54/54/5

Walt Disney's Peter Pan (1953)

Never Grows Old

Wendy Darling and her younger brothers Michael and John are always having make believe adventures about Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. One night after Mr & Mrs Darling headed out the little Darlings along with Nana the dog get paid a visit from Peter Pan and Tinkerbell who are trying to find his shadow which he has lost. After finding it Peter with a bit of fairy dust from a reluctant Tink take the Darlings back to Neverland with him where they get to meet the Lost Boys. But of course in Neverland is Peter's arch enemy Captain Hook which spells trouble for the Darlings and Peter.

There is a scene in Walt Disney's "Peter Pan" featuring some Indians and it is a highly memorable scene because between the Indians' silly walk, the look on their face, the smoothness and detail of the drawings combined with a comical soundtrack it is perfect. Ironically it is only a minor scene which only lasts a few seconds but it demonstrates why "Peter Pan" is one of the great Walt Disney animations as everything about it works and it seems to work naturally with an effortless quality to it. I know how daft that sounds when considering we are talking an animation but it is simply effortless.

The thing is that because "Peter Pan" is so spot on there is not a great deal to write about it as scene after scene gets it so right with this combination of things all coming together to make some cine-magic. Okay so watching it now there are some things which don't go down so well in a politically correct world but then so many movies from the years gone by have the same kind of issues.

What this all boils down to is that "Peter Pan" is one of the great Walt Disney animations with all aspects from the drawings through to the timing being spot on to make it as much fun now as it ever was.