Headscratchers / Peter Pan

Disney movie

  • Was Neverland really All Just a Dream? It seems that way, until Mr darling sees the ship and claims that it looks familiar...
    • Your Mind Makes It Real? Isn't Neverland created by the stories and dreams of children? Just because it's a dream, doesn't mean it wasn't real. Alternately, Wendy was dropped off and waited up for her parents - but just dozed off at the window.
    • The sequel seems to confirm that it was more than a dream. If Jane didn't believe in it, why would she dream about it?
  • How persistent is the ability to fly given by fairy dust? Everyone except Peter seems to forget about it instantly as soon as they reach Neverland, even in situations when it would be useful.
    • It seems to last only long enough to get to or from Neverland. Note that the Lost Boys are all ground-bound (this is in sharp contrast to the Fox series, where Peter, the kids, and the Lost Boys all fly routinely).
    • Maybe they just forget because it's not something they can normally do? Like when you're used to driving alone so you forget that you can go in the carpool lane when you have someone else in the car with you.
    • Wendy flies with Peter just after they have rescued Tiger Lily. Happy thoughts is probably the key. Like when they're on Captain Hook's ship, they're probably all too terrified of what's going to happen to them. Peter is able to fly because he sees the whole thing as an adventure and thus rescuing the others is fun to him.
    • But watch closely after Wendy's ordeal with the mermaids, and after Peter rescues Tiger Lily. Wendy had to resort to flapping her arms to take off. None of them had to do so the first time they flew. It's entirely possible that the pixie dust had worn off by the ending.
      • And the carefree, impulsive Lost Boys can't fly under normal circumstances because they're too busy having happy experiences to bother thinking about them.
  • If Captain Hook is a manifestation of the father, and the father went with Peter Pan when he was a boy and recognizes the pirate ship, did the father have to deal with a version of himself, or was Captain Hook based on his father when he went?
    • That Captain Hook is a manifestation of the father because Wendy and her mother were telling the story. I believe (based on how much I've seen the movie and what I know from other versions and the original story) that Peter Pan only exists because of the stories told. So, if the father had known Peter Pan as a child it would have been based on the stories that were told to him. Captain Hook was probably a different person, maybe his own father or the mean man down the street or the school headmaster or somebody. Though this could just be WMG.
      • When George Darling was in Neverland, Captain Hook was Black Stache. Nah nah...more likely Captain Hook was a Sadist Teacher, since he used to be a schoolteacher in the original version if I recall.
      • No, Hook was never a schoolteacher — if we go by the original book, at least, the pirate who's an ex-schoolteacher is Gentleman Starkey (incidentally the only pirate apart from Smee to survive the final battle).
      • In a case of Death by Adaptation, Starkey doesn't survive the Disney version.
      • Yes he does - Return to Neverland has a pirate who looks identical to Starkey, almost certainly him. He's the guy with a knife in his mouth. Of course, which of the pirates survived Return to Neverland is completely up for grabs.
    • Hook isn't actually supposed to be a "manifestation of the father"; that's just a rumor that got started because it's tradition for Hook and Mr. Darling to be played by the same guy in the stageplay. (Initially, J. M. Barrie wanted Hook to be played by the same actor who portrayed Mrs Darling.)
  • In Return to Neverland, what happened to the crocodile? Did Hook kill it offscreen? Because if everyone else in Neverland is still alive and as young as they were before, there's no real reason for the crocodile to have passed on.
    • At one point while complaining about the octopus, if memory serves me right, he says something along the lines "I finally manage to get rid of that crocodile, and then that thing shows up."
  • In "What made the Red Man Red", if Ogga Means what Bogga Means and Gogga Means that too, what the heck do they mean?
    • It means the first man, the first woman and the first stepmother (the first stepmother is mean, and the first man and the first woman mean a lot to each other).
  • Exactly how long has Peter been in Neverland? He could be older than Hook, or Really 700 Years Old for all we know.
    • It was mentioned in the book, as well as certain film adaptions, that he'd overheard his mother talking about him getting a job in an office or court, so presumably it couldn't have been too long ago. At least within the era of human civilization.
  • In the second film, how does Jane manage to reach the pirate ship, let alone climb aboard and make her way up one of the masts without being seen?

All Works

  • Hook shoots his crew with extreme regularity, so how does he have any left? All of them appear white, so he's not stealing them from the Indians (which likely wouldn't work in any case). In the 2003 film he shoots two of them inside of five minutes. You'd think he'd have run through their entire number inside of a fortnight, given how trigger-happy he is.
    • It's possible that Hook himself and the rest of the pirates are Lost Boys that escaped from Peter Pan due to be killed.