The second star to the right shines with a light so rare, And if it's Never Land you need, its light will lead you there.
Disney Animated Canon entry #14.The well-remembered 1953 Disney animated movie presents a cozier version of Peter Pan, keeping most of the incidents, but virtually none of the original dialogue. Furthermore, it is one of the earliest examples when the play's usual casting tradition was waived and a male actor was cast for the title role.During their sequel period, Disney made Return to Neverland, in 2002, one of the few animated sequels to get a theatrical release (but still not part of the Disney Animated Canon itself). Their publishing arm has released a series of prequel novels written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Finally, their take on Tinker Bell has long been something of a mascot character for the company and in the new millennium the Spin-OffDisney Fairies line of books, merchandise, and a made-for-DVD film was launched focusing on her and other (original) pixies (similar in concept to the Disney Princess line). And for the boys (though it features a token girl) is a pirate-adventure flavored take on the Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go formula called Jake And The Neverland Pirates where a group of kid pirates match wits with Captain Hook and Smee.
Peter Pan provides examples of:
Acting for Two: One of the few things that the film and the stage play have in common is that Captain Hook and Mr. Darling are both played by the same actor; in this case, it's Hans Conried.
Bare Your Midriff: Mr. Smee. Usually, his belly just shows a little from his short shirt. At other times, he is hoisted up by his shirt, exposing his belly alot more. In fact, when he first appears, he was being belly-jabbed with a sword by a pirate and had to suck his belly in to avoid the sharp sting.
Barred from the Afterlife: Captain Hook is preparing to drown the Indian Princess Tiger Lily to force her to tell him where Peter Pan's hideout is. He threatens her with this trope as he does so.
Captain Hook: Remember, there is no path through water to the Happy Hunting Ground.
Berserk Button: Peter Pan does not like being called a coward. Captain Hook uses this to advantage in the climax so that he won't fly away "like a cowardly sparrow" when he fights him.
Bowdlerise: The Indians' skin color was changed to be less....well, red in the DVD release. The Blu-Ray edition restored their original color.
Braids, Beads and Buckskins: The tipis and the chief's war bonnet suggest that the tribe of Native Americans came from the Great Plains area and are referred to as being Blackfoot, but for some reason they also have totem poles (which belonged to people from the Pacific Northwest) and Princess Tiger Lily wears feathered headband (worn by Northeastern people).
Justified in that Neverland is a child's version of reality (a British child's version of reality, at that), so such things are almost to be expected.
Break the Haughty: Peter's overconfident ego takes a hit when it nearly costs his dearest friend her life. After this, he seems to have some understanding that things can't always go his way, and thus willingly returns the Darlings home.
"I'm frightfully sorry, old chaps. This is all my fault", John upon leading an expedition party that gets captured by Never Land's local Indian tribe.
But Not Too Red: All of the Indians have skin the color of a tomato except for Tiger Lily, who looks more like a white person dipped in tea (and thus, ironically, more like an actual Native American).
Captain Obvious: When Wendy walks the plank, Pan rescues Wendy before she hits the water, so the pirates just see her fall out of their sight and then hear nothing. A crewman then informs everyone that they just heard no splash, which seems to annoy Captain Hook; he makes one himself by throwing said crewman overboard.
Centipede's Dilemma: Peter briefly doesn't know how to answer Wendy when she asks how he flies.
Peter just inspires this in female characters. All the mermaids act this way about him, and Wendy gets a helping of this during the Indian tribal song. In the sequel it's shown that Peter's aware of this, but he doesn't seem to know why. (See next trope.)
Disproportionate Retribution: To Hook. Peter continually makes his life miserable despite the man seemingly having done nothing to originally spark the boy's malice. Granted, Hook is evil, but c'mon, anyone would want revenge when someone lops off one of their body parts.
Drowning Pit: Hook ties up Tiger Lily on a cave inside Skull Rock and threatens to leave her to the tides lest she tells him where Pan's hideout is.
Evil Plan: Though it doesn't drive the entire plot, all the conflict generated by Hook is centered around killing Peter Pan.
Exact Words: Captain Hook swears to Tinkerbell "not to lay a finger, or a hook, on Peter Pan." Hook still wants to kill him, of course, so upon learning of his hiding place, he uses a bomb instead. Tink is not happy when Hook reveals his intentions to Wendy and the Lost Boys within her earshot.
Tinkerbell deserves some credit, for being Genre Savvy enough to insist that he won't lay a hook on Pan either.
Fairy in a Bottle: Tinkerbell is captured in a lantern after spilling the location of Peter Pan's hiding place to Hook, and upon learning of Hook's intentions of killing Peter Pan with a bomb (see Exact Words above) she escapes the lantern and flies to Hangman's Tree just in time to keep the bomb from claiming him.
False Reassurance: When Captain Hook promises, say, "not to lay a finger — or a hook — on Peter Pan," or "not to harm a hair on Peter Pan's head," rest assured, he won't do that.
Hook: Captain Hook never breaks a promise...
Fate Worse than Death: When threatening to let Tiger Lily drown, Hook claims "There is no path through water to the Happy Hunting Ground." Whether he has any idea what he's talking about, or whether Tiger Lily buys it, is another matter.
Forgot About His Powers: The climax involves several characters being threatened with Walk The Plank despite the fact that they can fly. And Wendy flies several times throughout the movie so it's not like it was a one time thing either.
Frothy Mugs of Water: Notably averted: Smee is seen drinking brandy, and is very drunk. Also, both Hook and Pan smoke at a few different points.
Godiva Hair: One of the mermaids, in lieu of a Seashell Bra. Another wears a rather large necklace made of... something that looks like it came from the ocean... that has a similar effect.
Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Captain Hook finds this out as he duels with Peter Pan at Skull Rock and forces the both of them off the edge of the cliff, conveniently forgetting that Peter can fly while Hook can't and then has to scramble back to safety before he falls, only to fall just far enough for him to cling to the crevice by his hook.
Green Around the Gills: During the "What Makes The Red Man Red" number, John's face turns green when he inhales the smoke from a calumet.
Green-Eyed Monster: The Mermaids of the Mermaid Lagoon do not take kindly to Wendy's presence and attempt to drown her. Tinkerbell, who is also jealous of Wendy, is tricked into revealing Peter's hiding place by Captain Hook, who uses said jealousy against her.
Hartman Hips: Tinker Bell, to her dismay. Those hips were responsible for getting her stuck in a keyhole.
High Heel-Face Turn: Tinker Bell's jealousy against Wendy leads her to betray the location of the hideout to Hook. When Hook traps her under a jar and weasels out of his promise "not to lay a finger or a hook on Peter Pan", she escapes and turns back by saving Peter.
Technically, that was more of a High HeelFaceHeel-Face Turn, since Tinker Bell was on Peter's side, then went to Hook's, then went back to Peter's for good.
Hollywood Natives: The Indians, who smoke pipes, wear feathered headdresses, speak in Tonto Talk, and live in teepees. They even come complete with a truly cringeworthy song, "What Makes the Red Man Red."
Honor Before Reason: Having given his word of honor to not fly in his final duel with Captain Hook, Peter doggedly refuses to do so even when Hook proves to be the superior swordsman, having forced him to the corner of a mast leading to a fall that can kill him.
Hook Hand: Captain Hook is the picture for this trope page.
Killed Mid-Sentence: Make that killed mid-song. During a conversation with Smee, Captain Hook is interrupted by an accordion-wielding pirate in the rigging, singing about the pirate's life. Without so much as glancing back, Hook draws a pistol, aims it over his shoulder and fires. Cue a drawn-out, falling note and a splash. To make things all the more ironic, the unfortunate crewman's last words (well, lyrics) were: "The life of a pirate is short!"
Smee: Oh, dear, dear, dear, Captain Hook. Shooting a man in the middle of his cadenza? That ain't good form, you know.
Large Ham: Hans Conried, the voice of Captain Hook, was clearly having a blast while recording his lines.
Leitmotif: "Never Smile at a Crocodile" becomes one for the crocodile. Peter Pan has one as well, instantly recognizable just from its first three notes. The movie gets a lot of mileage out of those three notes.
Loophole Abuse: "I have given me word not to lay a finger or a hook on Peter Pan." Hook didn't say anything about bombs though...
Lost in Imitation: Disney was the first to have the Lost Boys unable to fly (though in Return to Neverland they are briefly seen flying to show Jane how pixie dust works), a trend that was replicated by future adaptations.
In the book, Slightly, not Curly/Cubby, was the pudgy Lost Boy. Disney chose to make Curly/Cubby the fat one, and every adaptation since then has done the same.
This was also the first movie version of Peter Pan to break the stage tradition of having Peter Pan be played by a woman. This is somewhat ironic since casting adult women as the voices of young boys is a common practice in the animation industry to this day. Nevertheless, Disney cast Bobby Driscoll, its juvenile star of the day, as Peter's voice. However, Disney kept the stage tradition of having the same actor play Mr. Darling and Captain Hook.
Milestone Celebration: Diamond Edition Blu-Ray Discs and high definition digital copies came out exactly 60 years after the theatrical premiere. Disney drew a surprisingly small amount of attention to this fact in the advertising, not even writing "60th Anniversary Edition" on the Blu-Ray cover.
Minion with an F in Evil: Smee. Though he DID try to convince Hook to return to the "good ol' days" of plundering and slitting throats outside of Neverland. It's more-so that he personally has no grudge against Peter, and while genuinely evil, is too stupid to accomplish any effective villainy.
Mythology Gag: A couple involving Captain Hook, calling to attention traits of J. M. Barrie's Hook that the Disney version avoids or subverts:
In the beginning, when John and Michael are playing Peter Pan and Captain Hook in the nursery, John is wearing the "hook" on his right hand, like Hook in the original novel/play. However, Wendy steps in and corrects him that Hook misses his left hand, a change the Disney animators consciously made because it made Hook easier to animate if he could still use his right hand properly.
During Hook and Smee's first scene, after Hook has shot a pirate "in the middle of his cadenza" and Smee hints that this can hardly be said to be good form, Hook explodes with "Good form, Mister Smee? BLAST GOOD FORM! Did Peter Pan show GOOD FORM when he did THIS TO ME?!" This is in direct contrast to the original Hook, to whom "good form" was extremely important. (Though it has to be said, he too killed his own pirates without thought for petty reasons, such as ruffling his lace collar.)
Never Say "Die": Averted. Though Disney would soon become known for their reluctance to refer to death in children's cartoons, in this movie, there are quite a few references to death, several killing attempts — as well as one off-screen killing in Hook's first scene (detailed above).
Never Smile at a Crocodile: Tick Tock Croc. Even has a song about him of the same name that was cut from the film, though the instrumentals remain in part.
Not Now, Kiddo: Michael spots an Indian trying to capture him and the other boys, but he can't tell the others, because he's inhibited by Huddle Power.
Oh My Gods!: John exclaims "By Jove!" during his second attempt to fly.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Bill Thompson, voicing Smee, occasionally tries to pronounce the odd word with an Irish accent. It's not exactly convincing, so it's hardly surprising that Jeff Bennett, who voices Smee in modern Disney productions (including Return to Neverland), completely drops this and makes Smee an all-out American.
Please, I Will Do Anything!: Just when it looks like Hook has the drop on Peter Pan (see Prepare to Die below), Peter grabs the ship's skull-and-crossbones flag and wraps up Hook in it. In the process, Hook loses his sword, Peter takes it and threatens Hook with it, which leads to Hook nervously saying basically this phrase:
Hook: You wouldn't do in old Hook in now, would you, lad? I'll go away forever. I'll do anything you say. Peter: Well... all right. If you... say you're a codfish. Hook: (swallows nervously) I'm a codfish. Peter: Louder! Hook: (wailing) I'M A CODFISH!! Peter: All right, Hook, you're free to go and never return.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Subverted with Smee, who attempts to sneak off in a lifeboat with a chest (presumably containing the pirates' treasure) rather than help Hook or the others fight Peter. His plan to bug out alone is disrupted when a bunch of other pirates fall overboard and land in his boat.
Seashell Bra: Some of the mermaids wear seashells or — in one case — starfish as pasties.
Peter:(mimicking Hook) For the last time, Mr. Smee, take the princess back to her people! UNDERSTAND?!?!?
Hook: You will go ashore, pick up Tinker Bell, and bring her to me. UNDERSTAND?!
And twice Mr. Smee responds, "Aye-aye, sir!"
Team Mom: Wendy was taken to Neverland just for the sake of being this to Peter and the Lost Boys.
This Cannot Be!: Hook has this very revelation when they learn the answer of where's the splash that Wendy was supposed to have made after walking the plank: Peter Pan, having escaped being blown up by the Time Bomb that Hook tried to use to kill him, had saved her and then confronts Hook.
Hook: It can't be! Smee: It's his blinkin' ghost what's talkin'! Peter: (drawing his dagger) Say your prayers, Hook! Hook: (drawing his sword) I assure you this ghost has blood in his veins!
Time Bomb: What Hook tries to use to kill Peter instead of poison like the original.
Interestingly, in a Disney On Ice adaptation of the film, they went with poison like in the original.
Tonto Talk: The Indians all talk this way, even getting a whole musical number devoted to explaining why words like "How" and "Ugh" are defining marks of their culture. Hoo boy.
Tranquil Fury: Peter in the final battle. Oh, he's still happy and playful during the whole ordeal, but he just got back to the ship after Tinkerbell almost died in an explosion. This following line says it all about how pissed off Pan is.
Peter Pan: You're next, Hook! This time you've gone too far!!
Tribal Carry: When the Lost Boys are captured by the Indians.
Tribal Face Paint: The Indian chief and a couple of his warriors wear it, as does Michael while he's their guest.
Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Check out the Darling parents — their father is a chubby, boorish old guy, and their mom looks pretty, young, and has a nice figure.
Villain Song: "A Pirate's Life" and "The Elegant Captain Hook".
Voice Changeling: Peter makes his voice sound like Hook's to trick Smee into returning Tiger Lily back to her tribe.
Tiger Lily was reticent most of the time. However, she did speak at least once, when she let out a brief but muffling cry for help to Peter.
Tootles is the Lost Boy who speaks the least.
Where's the Kaboom?: During the scene where Wendy walks the plank. Out of sight of the pirates, Pan rescues Wendy before she hits the water, and a Captain Obvious crewman remarks that there was no splash. Captain Hook seems annoyed at the insistence that there must be a splash when someone walks the plank, so he throws said crewman overboard to create one.
Why Did It Have To Be Crocodiles?!: Very, very justified in Hook's case — when you get your hand chopped off and thrown to a crocodile, which then develops quite the taste for you, you have ample reason to be antsy when that "tick-tock" starts up...
Wicked Cultured: Captain Hook, who has grand manners and a Sunday set case of hooks and also plays the piano.
Art Evolution: While the moviemakers have made an obvious attempt at staying true to the look and feel of the original movie, there's a notable change nonetheless — the sequel is more cartoony in its animation, the colors are brighter, the backgrounds simpler, and the entire thing has a sleeker, more "modern" feel to it. This is hardly surprising when there's fifty years between the movies, techniques have changed and new animators have taken over.
Artistic License - Physics: Jane tries to leave on a raft which sinks from springing a leak. Rafts are designed so they can have holes and still float.
Maybe physics work differently in Neverland.
Or the raft was that badly constructed.
Ascended Extra: One of the things the sequel actually has going for it is that the Lost Boys (who were bit characters in the first movie) get far more screen-time, much stronger characterizations, and a bigger part in the plot. They even get to introduce themselves to Jane by name, while their names weren't even mentioned in the original movie.
Chekhov's Gun: Jane uses the knife that's always in one pirate's mouth, to cut the Lost Boys free.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Tiger Lily and all of the natives make no appearance, though they are alluded to and Peter even flies through their (empty) camp at one point. Probably they were left out for the sake of political correctness.
Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Wendy was reluctant to grow up and only understood the need to do so after being faced with eternal childhood. Jane grew up too fast and had to be reminded that she is still a child.
Dead Hat Shot: Subverted. Shortly after Peter and Tinker Bell dive into the ocean to rescue Jane from the octopus, Peter's hat is seen bobbing on the surface of the water. This leads to Hook congratulating himself for finally defeating him... until seconds later, Peter emerges holding the sack Jane is inside of and asks Hook if he missed him.
Disney Death: Tinker Bell dies because Jane didn't believe in fairies. She is revived when Jane finally starts to believe.
Green Around the Gills: Tinker Bell's face turns green after getting dizzy from being spun around and she puts her hand over her mouth while her cheeks are puffed, trying not to throw up during the song " So to be One of Us".
Loophole Abuse: "...not to harm a single hair on Peter Pan's head." After capturing Peter, Hook gives Jane the one hair he said he wouldn't harm.
Mythology Gag: When Tinker Bell is sick, Slightly is the one acting the doctor, complete with a thermometer. In the original play/novel, it was Slightly who acted as "doctor" after Wendy was shot, and his way of "curing" her was to put a thermometer in her mouth.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The octopus is more or less exactly the same as the crocodile was, even making a "blip-bloop" sound that's almost identical to the crocodile's "tick-tock." The only difference apart from their species is that the octopus is antagonistic to everyone, not just Hook (though Hook does become a particular favorite prey of his) — other than that it's hard to see why Disney couldn't just use the crocodile.
Those Wacky Nazis: The film starts off during the bombing of London in World War II. Cue Captain Hook flying his galleon through a squadron of Luftwaffe. This makes the already brilliant and awesomely funny Hook even more awesome and brilliant and funny.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Beyond a vague mention by Hook that he'd "finally got rid of him," it's never explained exactly what happened to the crocodile between the two films.
You Said You Would Let Them Go: Hook fools Jane this way after making a deal with her to show him where Peter's treasure was in exchange for a ride home to London.