- Some of J. M. Barrie's stage directions include some hilarious commentary and speculation on the actions, the characters, the scenery and even anticipated audience reactions. Some of them make it into the narrative of the novel, some of them don't — but they're extra funny because there's no way they could have come forth on-stage; they're purely there for the entertainment of the actors and other people working on the play. Some highlights:
- The opening paragraph of Act I: "The night nursery of the Darling family, which is the scene of our opening Act, is at the top of a rather depressed street in Bloomsbury. We have a right to place it where we will, and the reason Bloomsbury is chosen is that Mr. Roget once lived there. So did we in days when his Thesaurus was our only companion in London; and we whom he has helped to wend our way through life have always wanted to pay him a little compliment. The Darlings therefore lived in Bloomsbury."
- After Mr. Darling has locked Nana out for the night, the stage directions read: "Let us hope that he then retires to his study, looks up the word 'temper' in his Thesaurus, and under the influence of those benign pages becomes a better man."
- From the description of Captain Hook: "He is never more sinister than when he is most polite, and the elegance of his diction, the distinction of his demeanour, show him one of a different class from his crew, a solitary among uncultured companions. This courtliness impresses even his victims on the high seas, who note that he always says 'Sorry' when prodding them along the flank."
- And from the description of Tiger Lily: "She is the belle of the Piccaninny tribe, whose braves would all have her to wife, but she wards them off with a hatchet."
- After Peter temporarily banishes Tinker Bell: "TINK goes off sulking, no doubt with the intention of giving all her friends an entirely false impression of WENDY'S appearance."
- During Peter's battle with Hook, he calls him a "dark and sinister man," and the stage-directions note: "Some say that he had to ask TOOTLES whether the word was 'sinister' or 'canister.'"
- Michael gets a "kids say the darnest things" moment early in the play:
Michael: At what time was I born, mother?
Mrs. Darling: At two o'clock in the night-time, dearest.
Michael: Oh, mother, I hope I didn't wake you.
- Slightly bragging that he alone of the Lost Boys knows his original name including his last name — he knows it because the pinafore he was wearing when he was lost had the words "Slightly Soiled" written on the tag.
- Slightly pretending to be a doctor in order to "cure" the unconscious Wendy. He clearly has no idea what a doctor is supposed to act like other than a vague feeling that they say "tut, tut" a lot — and so he inserts "tut, tut" in all his lines whether it's appropriate or not.
- During the "playing house" part, when everyone pretends to be a family, Tootles decides he wants to be someone else for a while, but nobody will let him take their role in the group:
Tootles: I don't suppose that I could be the father?
Wendy: No, Tootles.
Tootles: As I can't be the father. I don't suppose, Michael, you would let me be the baby?
Michael: No, I won't!
Tootles: As I can't be the baby, do you think I could be a twin?
Twins: No, indeed! It's awfully difficult to be a twin.
Tootles: As I can't be anything important... would any of you like to see me do a trick?
- The entire mini-subplot with Hook baking a cake for the Lost Boys and filling it with poison, especially the part where Hook gleefully explains the plan to Smee:
" We will leave the cake on the shore of the mermaids' lagoon. These boys are always swimming about there, playing with the mermaids. They will find the cake and they will gobble it up, because, having no mother, they don't know how dangerous 'tis to eat rich damp cake." He burst into laughter, not hollow laughter now, but honest laughter. "Aha, they will die."
In time it lost its succulence, and became as hard as a stone, and was used as a missile, and Hook fell over it in the dark.
- Needless to say, the plan fails, and the cake doesn't play any real part in the plot, but the narrative briefly notes what eventually happened to it:
- One of the last conversations between Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell, when she tries to convince him to stay with her and not return to Neverland:
Wendy: It will be rather lonely in the evening, sitting by the fire.
Peter: I shall have Tink.
Wendy: Tink can't go a twentieth part of the way round.
Tinker Bell: Sneaky tell-tale!
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- "I've never shaved him this close before!" (Smee thought Hook lost his head.)
- "Cap'n... no splash."
- "So you want a splash, Mr Starkey? I'LL GIVE YA A SPLASH!!"
- A distraught Mr. Darling found his shirt drawing on with chalk. He tries to call Wendy's attention since her stories made Michael and John use it as a treasure map in their games:
Wendy: Father! What have you done to your shirt?
Mr. Darling: What have I...? OHHHH!!!
- "Girls talk too much."
- Followed by Wendy's "Yes, girls talk too...huh? Oh..."
- Even Peter's shadow thinks so.
- He told Wendy to continue. "Well? Get on with it, girl."
- Followed by Wendy's "Yes, girls talk too...huh? Oh..."
- The mermaids. "We were only trying to drown her."
- Peter Pan: "There, you see, Wendy?"
- Smee shaves the feathers off a seagull's butt. Then he puts some aftershave on his hand and gave the seagull a nice firm pat on the butt.
- Drunk Smee. "*sobs* Ain't it a BLOOMIN' *hic* SHAME?!!"
- Tinkerbell's disgust at the size of her hips...and then a few moments later those same hips get her stuck in a keyhole.
- When Peter asks Tink if she knew her treachery could have killed Wendy, Tink pauses, then just shamelessly smiles and nods her head.
- Then he banishes her forever... or, well, for a week.
- The crocodile chase in Skull Rock. Enough said.
Wendy: Oh Peter, no!
- "Why Mr. Crocodile, do you like codfish?" Crocodile wags his tail, holds up his front legs like a begging dog's paws, smiles and nods enthusiastically. "You do?!"
Smee: "Give him back!"(Hook pops out of Croc's mouth at the last second)Hook: "Sm-" (Gets whacked over the head with Smee's oar)
- There is a brief moment early in the chase where Hook and the Crocodile are struggling in the water. The two of them disappear, only to surface a few seconds later, face-to-face with Hook wrapped tightly around the croc's jaws. The crocodile gives a brief surprised expression before adopting a smug, predatory grin as he swims off with his prize.
- At one point Hook is flying through the air with Smee frantically rowing to capture him. Doing his best football player impression, the crocodile - who never once takes his eye off the flying Hook - uses one hand to shove Smee's boat out of the way and flawlessly catches Hook in his mouth.
- Smee tries to hit the Crocodile on the head with an oar.
- "Row for the ship! ROW FOR THE SHI-" BAM!
- Gets his head out of the water, moves his hair from his eyes, sees the Crocodile coming at him.
- Even better is when he goes skimming off over the ocean at the movie's end, so it goes, "SMEEEE-EE-EE-EE-EE-EE-EE..."
- When Pan finds out that Tiger Lily has been kidnapped by Hook, the Crocodile is pursuing Hook as usual, he then stops and looks at Peter and Wendy, smiling at them before continuing his pursuit, as though his thought process is, "Food. Food. Food. Oh hi Peter! Food. Food. Food."
- More of the Crocodile. Just his expressions when he's watching the final battle with Hook, waiting for Hook to fall overboard. At one point, he's just moving his arm around in the water, watching the battle with a very bored expression, as if to say "Yay, exciting, yipee, when is it gonna be time to eat?"
- He gets another moment afterwards while the children are taunting Hook and calling the latter a codfish. The Crocodile is splashing the water in time with his jaws set in a wide smile like an excited child getting dessert.
- "Well, I'm certainly proud of you... you blockheads!"
- When Mr. Darling is bringing Nana outside.
"You're not really a nurse, you're...well you're a dog."
- "Poor Nana?! THAT'S THE LAST STRAW!!"
- "Squaw no get 'em firewood. Squaw go home."
- "I had a white rat!" "THAT'S NO MOTHER!"
- "The poor captain has a splitting headache. We mustn't annoy him." *KLANG*
- The scene where Hook orders Smee to capture Tink, where Smee lands in his dinghy, rows the boat on the deck and falls overboard.
"You will go ashore, pick up Tinker Bell, and bring her to me. (flings Smee onto the ground with an annoyed look on his face) UNDERSTAAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDD?!?!?!?"
- Just the animation and how fast it is really sells it. The way Smee fumbles with the oars and zooms right off the deck, crashing through the framework all in a matter of seconds kills me.
- Our first look at Mr. Darling. His searching his dresser, starting with the top drawer before looking in the bottom.
Mr. Darling: Mary, if I don't find my cufflinks, we're not going to the party. And if we don't go to the party, then I can never show my face in the office. And if I can't show my face in the office- (bumps head on top drawer) OUCH!Narrator: Well...Mr. Darling was a very practical man...
- Peter Pan tricks Smee by impersonating Captain Hook's voice:
Peter Pan: For the last time, Mr Smee. Take the princess back to her people. UUNDERSTAAANDDD???
(the entire cave shook by his loud echo)
Smee: (voice shaking) Uh, aye, aye, sir.
- The Crocodile's first appearance. Hook is, of course, terrified, but Smee just treats the approaching reptile like a housepet that's come for tablescraps;
"Look what you've done now, giving the poor captain a scare like that! Shoo, now! There'll be no hand-outs today! Go on, now, shoo!"
(The Crocodile crawls away sulking)
- Mr. Darling's reaction to Mrs. Darling voicing her concern about Wendy mentioning that she had seen Peter Pan's shadow. The sheer sarcasm that's just dripping from his words is hilarious.
Mr. Darling: Peter Pan?! You don't say? Goodness gracious, whatever shall we do?! Sound the alarm! Call Scotland Yard!
- The song may be politically-incorrect today, but "What Made the Redman Red?" has a funny moment near the song's end when the chief is shown in close up with a stoic expression, arms folded - then the camera zooms out to show his legs dancing up a storm, Riverdance-style.
- "The indian is cunning, but not intelligent. We need only surround them, and take them by sur-PRIIISE!" Care to guess who took whom by surprise?
- After seemingly fallen to his death, Hook tries to sneak up behind Peter wearing his hat. He was close to stabbing his back with his sword when...
Smee: (joyous) Captain!
Peter: In the back, Captain? (complete with finger-wag)
- Tink tells the Lost Boys a "Wendy bird" is flying their way, and Peter's orders are:
(Tink thrashes her arms and legs around)
Cubby: Smash it?
Slightly: Kick it?
Twins: Stomp it?
(Tink pulls her hair in frustration and shakes her head.)
- "Crook, crook, crickety-crockety-crickety-crook, the croc is after Captain - " BONK!
- Hook tries to strike Peter with his hook hand, only for Peter to dodge it and instead get his hook stuck in the mast.
Hook: Arrgh!!! Curse this hook!
- One pirate is seen sitting on the mast while playing the accordion and singing (and rather badly at that). Hook, apparently, has had enough, and while barely even looking over his shoulder, casually shoots him!
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- Peter frowning questionably at some of the Lost Boys' dirty hands.
- Mr. Darling constantly getting bowled over by Nana and/or his children.
- Pretty much every scene with Tiger Lily.
- Michael's reaction to her kissing John.
- Smee gets several moments as well, including a few fourth wall gags.
Smee: *to the audience, as the pirates are hiding as Hook is attacked by the crocodile* It's all a bit tragic, really, in'it?
- In that same moment, Hook is given a Shout-Out to his Disney counterpart by screaming "SMEEEEEEEEEE!"
- This exchange:
Wendy: Don't you know what a kiss is?Peter: *expectantly holding his hand out* I shall know when you give me one.
- And this:
Slightly: If Hook discovers our hiding place, he'll gut us.Wendy: How dreadful!Slightly: Oh, we live for it!
- And this:
Wendy: Yes but [Peter] was rather lonely.Hook: Lonely? ....he needed a Wendy.Pirate: [wistfully] I need a Wendy...Hook turns and shoots him.
- It's rather adorable how gosh darn excited the pirates get over the prospect of storytelling. Especially in hostage situations:
Smee: Brutes! Red-Handed Jill is going to tell us a story!Pirates: HOORAY! *all sit down like a bunch of kindergardeners*
- "SHUT YOUR GOBS OR I'LL RUN YA THROUGH! BELIEVE IN FAIRIES, I DO I DO!!"
- When it shows the sequence of everyone in London saying "I do believe in fairies. I do, I do". Specifically George Darling who says it right in the middle of giving a speech at the bank.
- Peter happily suggests that they kill the Lost Boys for shooting Wendy down. Wendy's response?
Wendy: While I agree that they are...perfectly horrid...kill them and they should think themselves 'important'.Lost Boys: Yes! So important! And unique!Wendy: I suggest something far more dreadful - Medicine. It's the most awful, disgusting...the sickeningly sweet kind. Littlest first.Lost Boys: Kill us, Peter!
- In addition, Peter's evil little smile when Wendy suggests medicine caps off this scene.
- When Peter and Wendy have an argument, one of the Lost Boys says "Uh-oh, Mother and Father are fighting again".
- Just before his death, Hook tries to save himself from falling to the crocodile by thinking happy thoughts. His happy thoughts are things like "Killing, ripping, maiming, children's blood, puppies' blood" and a whole string of awful things. It culminates with him screaming "WHITE DEATH! BLACK DEATH! ANY DEATH! A NICE SPOT OF TEA!"
- A lot of Peter's physical tumbles when he first meets Wendy. Jumping in shock so high his head hits the ceiling when Wendy pops up, grabbing his shadow's hand when Wendy holds up the sewing needle, falling off the bed in surprise when she suddenly flings the covers off, his quickly striking a more dignified pose afterwards...
- When the pirates capture Tiger Lily, John and Michael, they leave them Bound and Gagged to drown at the Black Castle. Including Michael's teddy bear.
- Earlier, when Tiger Lily's been caught, Hook asks her where Peter's hideout is. Tiger Lily replies in a long stream of Iroqouis that's un-subtitled but, according to the actress, not at all complimentary, before spitting at him. There's a beat before all of them look at Smee, who can only say: "...she says sorry, but no."
- The Twins tell Peter Tink told them to shoot Wendy.
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- At the request of the Lost Boys, Wendy shares the endings of fairy tales they had yet to complete. Each of her descriptions ends with, "...and they all lived Happily Ever After!" Tootles then asks how Hamlet ended, so she hesitantly tells them that Hamlet, the king, the queen, Ophelia, Polonius, and Laertes all died, but "the rest of them lived Happily Ever After!"
- In at least one version, notably the 1960 TV version, when the Lost Boys and Indians notice Wendy flying over Never Land and mistake her for a bird, Tiger Lily believes that the "bird" must be Omen. When one fellow Indian inquires "Good or bad Omen?", Tiger Lily shrugs it off and goes: "Famous Indian Proverb: when in doubt... RUN!!!!!" And she and the other Indians head for the hills.
- In the Cathy Rigby version, when the Lost Boys show up to ask Mr. and Mrs. Darling to adopt them, Smee shows up, wearing pink pyjamas and a striped nightcap and pretending to be a Lost Boy up for adoption as well. He gets a few odd looks by the Darlings, but after a few moments they just shrug it off.
- Every one of Christopher Walken's moments as Captain Hook in the Allison Williams version.
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- The Running Gag of Peter not knowing the word "Please." Every so often, when someone wants him to be more polite, they'll ask him "What's the little word that get things done?" Since he has no idea, he begins with increasing annoyance to list any word that comest to mind. "Button? Thimble? Flag?"
- Starkey's child pirates — really the Indian children he was made to babysit at the end of Peter and Wendy. According to Starkey, he made the best of the situation, and taught them good manners ("You won't find better manners in the King of England's parlour!") and then taught them piracy. The result is a crew of children who board ships and rob seafarers while making polite small-talk:
"Hello. Thank you very much. How do you do. Delighted I'm sure. Kindly shed your loot in our direction, then lie face down on the deck or, sadly, we will have to slit your gizzards and feed you to the fishes. Deep regrets. Please do not ask for mercy, as refusal can give offense. Thank you very much. Nice weather we are having."