* ActorAllusion:
** Tootles shouts "Seize the day!" in the final scene, a reference to ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' and Robin Williams' character.
** And also Smee shouting "GOOD MOOOOOOOORNING NEVERLAND!", in reference to ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam''.
* AllStarCast: Creator/RobinWilliams, Creator/DustinHoffman, Creator/MaggieSmith, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/BobHoskins and cameos from Music/PhilCollins, Creator/CarrieFisher, Creator/GlennClose and Creator/GeorgeLucas. And thanks to RetroactiveRecognition, Creator/GwynethPaltrow in a minor role.
* ColbertBump: The film was already fairly well-known, but it gained a resurgence in recognition and popularity after a.) ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' made a RunningGag out of the film and the character of Rufio and b.) WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed it.
* CreatorBacklash: Music/PhilCollins had some about his cameo as the police officer - mainly because of the amount of publicity it was getting. He claims he feared at the time people would mistakenly think he had a bigger role, and would assume it was cut down because he wasn't good enough.
* CreatorBreakdown: Creator/JuliaRoberts was going through a mental breakdown after her wedding to Creator/KieferSutherland was called off. She reportedly fled California and hid out in Ireland until Spielberg himself threatened to fire her if she didn't return immediately. Additionally she had to be hospitalized at one point for nervous exhaustion. Her behavior throughout the shoot gave her the crew nickname of "Tinkerhell" and Spielberg said he'd never work with her again.
* CutSong: According to lyricist Leslie Bricusse, this film was written as a musical, but due to length and budgetary concerns this was dropped, and only two songs are sung onscreen -- "We Don't Wanna Grow Up" as part of the school play and "When You're Alone" by Maggie in Neverland (explained as a lullaby her mom taught them). The happy-whimsical theme that plays throughout and closes the film's action was originally the melody of a song titled "Childhood", which later appeared in a sheet music anthology of Bricusse songs.
* DawsonCasting: The majority of Lost Boys were played by kids of ten or eleven, with Rufio being played by a teenager to emphasize his role as the leader. However Creator/JamesMadio - who played Don't Ask - was actually fourteen and only a couple months younger than Dante Basco. Gwyneth Paltrow was also around eighteen when she played Wendy in a flashback to her childhood.
* DoingItForTheArt: Creator/DustinHoffman was apparently on set two months before he needed to be, just so he could get completely immersed in the role.
* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/RobinWilliams had his infamously hairy body shaved completely for this film.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Only Creator/RobinWilliams and Creator/StevenSpielberg knew who Peter [[spoiler:would give his sword to at the end]], so the reactions of the Lost Boys are genuine.
* FakeBrit: Creator/GwynethPaltrow as the young Wendy in a flashback.
* FanNickname: Creator/JuliaRoberts actually had one amongst the crew because of how she treated everyone: "Tinkerhell".
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Wendy is telling the children the story of Peter Pan, she's actually holding one of the original printings of the book - identified by the olive colour and gold gilt design on the front.
* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: As mentioned above, this was originally a musical.
* OldShame: ''Hook'' came out during a period where Spielberg was desperately trying to invoke TomHanksSyndrome, and prove he could be a serious director. ''Hook'' ended up being the most critically derided movie on his resume, so Spielberg doesn't reflect on it too well. He does say he's still glad he made the film though, as it's how he met Creator/RobinWilliams.
* TheOtherMarty: Brenda Fricker was originally cast as Granny Wendy before being replaced with Maggie Smith for unknown reasons.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/MaggieSmith - who up to that point usually played mean old ladies - as a sweet grandmotherly type.
* PlayingGertrude: Creator/MaggieSmith was fifty six playing Wendy at ninety two. She does appear without ageing make-up in the flashback to Peter meeting Moira, when Wendy's age matches Smith's.
* RealLifeRelative: All of Creator/DustinHoffman's children have cameos in the film. Max Hoffman plays Peter at five years old. Jake Hoffman is a little league player at Jack's game. And Rebecca Hoffman plays Jane in the play at the start.
* ReferencedBy: The Music/{{Skrillex}} song "Bangarang", whose lyrics ("Shout out to my lost boys/we rowdy") and music video are a homage to Peter Pan in general, took its name from the Lost Boys' battlecry in this film.
* StarDerailingRole: Was a brief one for Creator/JuliaRoberts, along with ''Dying Young''. She was nominated for a Worst Supporting Actress Razzie award and didn't make another film for two years - save for a cameo in ''Film/ThePlayer''. When she returned to acting regularly, her films didn't do well until ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'' provided a CareerResurrection for her.
* TroubledProduction: Shooting went 40 days over schedule, the budget went over by by 50%, and Creator/JuliaRoberts was going through depression at the time, making it difficult to work with her.
* UncreditedRole:
** Creator/GlennClose has an uncredited cross-dressing Cameo as the pirate Captain Hook locks in a chest as punishment for betting against him.
** The kissing couple that was briefly lifted into the air by Tinkerbell's pixie dust were Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/CarrieFisher. Fisher also served as an uncredited script doctor.
* WagTheDirector: The scene where Tinkerbell grows to human size was written to appease Creator/JuliaRoberts - who demanded that she have at least one scene with another actor (having to act alongside green screen for the whole film).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Apparently, Creator/TomHanks and Music/DavidBowie were considered as choices for Peter and Hook respectively (the latter turned it down). Carrie Fisher was also the original choice for Tinkerbell. She ended up doing some uncredited rewrites of the script and cameoed alongside George Lucas as the kissing couple on the bridge as Tink and Peter fly above them.
** One of the original ideas for the film in TheEighties was a musical remake of the Disney animated version of the original play starring Music/MichaelJackson. Supposedly, Jackson never forgave Spielberg for not casting him in this version.
** Creator/KevinKline was originally cast as Peter, but ''Soapdish'' reshoots scuppered this.
** Creator/StevenSpielberg was not the first choice to direct the film. [[Film/TheLastStarfighter Nick Castle]] had planned to direct and spent a year in pre-production writing the script and planning. Spielberg then became interested and Castle was paid to leave the director's chair. He still shares screen story credit, however.
** This was intended to be a musical, but according to lyricist Leslie Bricusse, the filmmakers realized it would be both too long and too expensive, so most of the songs were cut ("We Don't Wanna Grow Up" and "When You're Alone" the exceptions). The happy instrumental theme that closes the film was originally the melody of a song called "Childhood", and a sheet music anthology of his work includes it, with the explanation that everyone loved it but couldn't think of a way to keep it in the film.
** Jack was, according to rumours, originally meant to be a fat kid. An obese pre-teen who loved baseball and had grown fat after his father had grown distant from him and he'd turned to food; the original beginning was meant to show Jack struggling to get into trousers and the ending was supposed to show him skinny (well, skinnier!) enough to get into them and that Neverland had brought Jack and Peter together and allowed Jack's life to improve.
** According to Thomas Tulak, who played one of the youngest Lost Boys, Tinkerbell's costume was originally completely different. He recalls Julia Roberts wearing a blue sequinned dress and blonde wig - and storming onto the set to complain about it.
** In the original draft of the script, Peter and Moira were in their thirties as opposed to forties. Maggie was also younger, being only a child of five. Spielberg aged up the parents to reflect the feeling of the aging baby boomer generation. Maggie was bumped up to seven to match her actress Amber Scott's age.
** Creator/JosephMazzello auditioned for Jack, but he was determined to be too young for the part. Spielberg promised to cast him in a future project, which he fulfilled with ''Film/JurassicPark''.
** Creator/{{Sony}}'s Dolby Digital/DTS counterpart, ''Sony Dynamic Digital Sound'', was supposed to debut with this movie. But for whatever reason, it got delayed and ended up premiering with ''Film/LastActionHero'' instead; SDDS wasn't popular and has since been largely discontinued.