Fridge / Peter Pan


Fridge Brilliance
  • The fact that the Darling Children break out in their nightgowns seemed an impediment to their adventures - but ironically, for Wendy it was a blessing: regular female clothing for upperclass girls back then was way too constricting to do anything useful, so for her the nightgown was the only appropriate choice - SS 13.
    • The Darling family was actually middle-class. The reason they had Nana was because they couldn't afford a "real" nursemaid.
  • At one point, it is said that Hook was even feared by "the ship's cook". The cook in question is John Silver from Treasure Island.
  • While in the book, the Darling children learn to understand Tinker Bell, the audience never hears her voice - because they don't understand Tinker Bell's language.

Fridge Horror
  • Think about it: since the Lost Boys don't really age in Neverland, that implies that they're from Earth. This means that the parents of those kids never knew where their kids disappeared. Now consider the fact that this might mean that the Lost Boys may be hundreds of years old, so their families are long dead by then...
    • Hook addressed an aspect of that Fridge Horror rather nicely. Look at his relationship with Wendy. Though that may merely be a case of Who Wants to Live Forever?
    • The original book is both better and worse, though at least it avoids the trip to the fridge being necessary: the Lost Boys do age. It's just Peter Pan who doesn't. When one gets too old... well... let's just say it'd have been nicer for Peter Pan to merely kick them out, okay?
    The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on; and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out.
    • Also in the book, it states that the baby has to be missing and not looked for for seven days before they are taken.
    • The line was something like "They are the children who fall out of their prams when the nurse isn't looking. If they are not claimed in seven days they are sent away to Neverland".
  • In the book, it's stated that mothers read their childrens` minds every night and "tidy" them up like drawers. "When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on." It is supposed to be cute and portray mothers as deeply caring, but for older readers the idea of someone knowing every thought you ever had can seem unsettling.
    • Even more so, the idea of someone remodelling your mind as she sees fit!
  • If you take the Barrie publication dates as the time during which Peter Pan is set, John and Michael come home from Neverland, having learned a valuable lesson about growing up...only to be sent off to die in the first World War ten years later.

Disney version

Fridge Brilliance
  • When I was a little kid watching Disney's Peter Pan, I didn't really notice the glaring stereotypical portrayal of the Indians. Then, not too long ago, a Cracked article reminded me that, yes, the way the film handled the Indians was inaccurate. Today, however, I realized that, duh, of course the Indians are portrayed stereotypically—Neverland is the average 1900s English magical world, and the average kid's idea of the Indians is pretty much what's portrayed in the film. -Chutney Prophet.
    • Then again, the flight to Never Land made it pretty clear that Never Land isn't even on Earth, let alone in America. So, technically speaking, the Injuns in Never Land aren't even Native Americans, they're native Neverlandians!
  • Some people were mad that in the spinoff series, Tinker Bell speaks - most people know Tinker Bell to be mute. Except that she actually speaks a different language, and in the movie, the kids don't learn to understand her language - and neither do the viewers. As for why she's Suddenly Voiced in the spinoff series, it's because it's from her perspective, so Translation Convention.
    • Adding to that, at least in her first solo movie, Tink only ever speaks to other fairies, never to humans or other creatures. Of course they'd understand her and be able to communicate with her!
    • In a later movie she does meet and communicate with humans. And then she's back to ringing like a bell for a few minutes.
  • An extremely subtle Mythology Gag in Return to Neverland—when Tinker Bell gets sick, Slightly dresses up as a doctor and takes her temperature with a thermometer. In the original book and play, when Wendy was unconscious after being shot down from the sky, Slightly acted as doctor and "put a glass thing in her mouth" to "cure" her.
  • Ever notice that during the climax there's not a *tick* to be heard? Is it possible that this was intentional and that the clock in the crocodile ran down just as it did in the book?
  • Wendy is extremely composed when being forced to Walk the Plank. Did she have faith that Peter would save her, was she just going to Face Death with Dignity...or could she still fly? It's never really established how long the pixie dust lasts, it's possible she was fully capable of saving herself.
  • Throughout the movie you'll notice that Wendy has trouble flying. Pixie dust works best with happy thoughts. However, since coming to Never Land Wendy has been attacked, bullied, and frustrated with Peter. Factoring all that it's probably hard for her to think happy thoughts.

Fridge Horror
  • Quite a bit, notably in that scene where Hook casually kills one of his crew members for singing while he was planning-just how many times has he done that? And where does he get new crew members from when he goes through them so fast? Plus, while he was listing off methods of loosening Tigerlily's tongue, he spoke horrific tortures such as boiling in hot oil and such in a casual tone, with Smee nodding along calmly, as if such things are commonplace to them. Just what have they been doing?
    • They are pirates after all. Doing horrific things is what they do.
  • The Lost Boys and the Blackfoot tribe play an ongoing game of war against each other. It's all in the spirit of fun, nobody's supposed to get hurt, and everybody is turned loose at the end with no hard feelings...but John and Michael didn't know that. So when they volunteered to join the latest fight, they really were out for blood!
    • In the Disney film, Peter's instructions were to 'go out and capture a couple Injuns', so Michael and John weren't planning to bring back a severed head or anything.

The Musical

Fridge Brilliance
  • I was in a production of Peter Pan. In it, Wendy mentioned that she couldn't hear any fairies; all she could hear was a quiet sound that sounded like the "tinkling of bells." TINKLING OF BELLS- TINKERBELL! A whole new meaning. —Lulamorashi
    • Her named initially came from her being a blacksmith type of fairy.. one who "tinkered" on bells. It's probably a double meaning, like the above posted mentioned. - Gallows
    • Specifically, Tinkerbell "mends the pots and pans". That's the definition of a tinker. According to "a mender of pots, kettles, pans, etc., usually an itinerant."

Fridge Horror
  • In one of the songs, the Lost Boy cheerfully sing that they will "do as Peter tells" and "never ask him why". These are young, irresponsible, seemingly carefree children, not prone to obeying anyone, at least not without a response. What kind of leader is Peter?

2003 Live Film version

Fridge Horror
  • It is heavily implied that Hook is an Alter Ego of Wendy's father (for example in the end where he tries he cheer himself with "banks" and "stock operations"; they are both called James and played by the same actor). This makes the fact that he was ready to kill Wendy (and her siblings) extremely disturbing. Worse yet, it even makes sense, as Mr. Darling did notice that he is inconvenienced by his children earlier (of course he repents at the end, but still).
    • Actually I think the father's name is George
    • Yeah, and the same actor is because it is stage tradition in Peter Pan (and, I believe, in general) for the father to be played by the same actor as the villain. Now, of course, you can go right ahead with the same argument and it will stem not from the film but from the play.
    • Not to mention the decidedly unsavoury edge this lends to Wendy's Precocious Crush on Hook.
      • Surely that's part of the point? The 2003 film version plays heavily on Wendy's sexual awakening, and it's not uncommon for (straight) children just entering puberty to first be attracted to someone who reminds them of their own opposite-sex parent. It adds another layer to the symbolism already inherent in casting the same actor as Hook/Darling.
      • Jung's theories include both an oedipal complex, where a boy's first love is his mother, and an electra complex, where a girl's first love is her father. He described it as a natural progression of sexual idenfication. As the children grow up, these are resolved into relationships with other boys and girls. It's interesting that while the play was published in 1902, the book was published in 1911 when Jung was already known.